2009 Duke Blue Devils: Season Preview

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    2009 Duke Blue Devils: Season Preview

    2008: 4-8

    Key Returnees:

    * Jay Hollingsworth, RB
    * Thaddeus Lewis, QB
    * Johnny Williams, WR
    * Vincent Rey, LB
    * Vince Oghobaase, DT
    * Matt Daniels, S

    Although they only managed four wins last season, that still was a big step in the right direction for the program. This season will be all about keeping that moment going, and hopefully yielding even further improvement on the field.

    Strengths: Vince Oghobaase. Many pro scouts are drooling over DT Vince Oghobaase. He is the one stalwart in a unit that was not very impressive a year ago. Quarterback Thadeus Lewis has a chance to make a name for himself in the ACC this season. He's a big, strong, and athletic kid at 6'2'' who three for 2,171 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. That kind of production will be needed again this year with a defense that is likely to struggle. Luckily, a solid trio of receivers including Johnny Williams, Donovan Varner, and Austin Kelly are more than capable of getting the job done.

    Weaknesses: The offensive line. One of the worst rushing attacks in the nation may not improve unless Center Bryan Morgan and guard Kyle Hill can help galvanize that unit. The Devils have a good duo of backs, but who's going to block for them?

    The Bottom Line For 2009: With the improvement from '07 to '08, many around the program expect a similar jump to occur this season. That would probably mean a bowl for the Blue Devils. But, can they get it done? Vincent Rey and Vince Oghobaase make for a duo that can help stop the run, but other than them, there's not a whole lot to be impressed by. Then there's the schedule - Complete with tough OOC match ups at home against ECU, and two on the road against Washington and ranked Kansas. In conference, they get Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech at home, but have a number of tough match ups on the road as well. If Thaddeus Lewis plays to his potential, and the defense can step up, they could very well win 6 this year. But, it's likely that the bowl-less streak will continue for the Blue Devils.
     
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    Duke gets their first commitment of the season from Ryne Ferwerda, a 2-Star DE out of Ironton, Ohio. At 6'5'' and 220 Lbs, you have to wonder what made him so interested in the football program rather than the basketball program.
     

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