Hello and welcome to Ball Durham’s first official ‘This Week in Duke Football’ post, where we’ll be hitting you with every little piece of news regarding the football team there is. Not much else to say, other than that, so here are your updates:
-Ross Martin, Duke’s stellar freshman kicker, was named to a couple of Freshman All-America teams as Sporting News and CBSCollegeSports.com both named him to their first team. Martin’s 98 points he accrued over the course of this season was good enough for second on the school’s All-Time scoring list (Hines 104, 1989). Martin did, however, break just about every Blue Devil freshman kicking record there was.
-Do you know who Matt Lubick is? Well, you should! He is Duke’s passing game coordinator and was recently named the 2012 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year by FootballScoop. The Blue Devils’ receivers were phenomenal this season, with their top-three guys along (Crowder, Vernon, Scott) combining for over 2,500 yards and 17 TDs on 206 receptions. The group was pivotal in bolstering Duke’s high-octane passing attack, leading the Blue Devils to their first bowl game in eighteen years.
-Cincinnati, Duke’s opponent in the upcoming Belk Bowl, is undergoing a big change prior to the contest. Head coach Butch Jones opted to leave UC for the head coaching position and Tennessee and the Bearcats quickly responded, stealing Tommy Tuberville away from Texas Tech. Tuberville has stated that he will not be coaching the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl, so it still remains a mystery who Cutcliffe will be squaring off against. Steve Stripling was said to be coaching it if they weren’t able to find a new head coach, for the record.
-16 days, 8 hours, and 27 minutes until the 2012 Belk Bowl!