Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel wrote his college football preseason rankings, where Duke came in at number 79.
Here is their outlook for Duke football.
Outlook: The Blue Devils’ defense needs to improve if the team expects to match or surpass last season’s success. Duke had trouble last year stopping the pass and the run, leaving the offense little room for error. While the Blue Devils are optimistic about what Boone can do in his first season as a starting quarterback, he’ll need help as he adjusts to his higher profile role.
Duke comes in at No.85, in terms of strength of schedule. So we don’t have a brutal schedule in the least bit. While we will have to deal with quarterback woes after the departure of Sean Renfree, we still should be very optimistic.
We had success last season, and eventually fell to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl.
Strengths: Duke lost veteran QB Sean Renfree, one of the school’s top passers who exhausted his eligibility. The transition to a new quarterback normally would be a huge source of concern for a program, but the Blue Devils are confident long-time reserve QB Anthony Boone is ready to finally take over the offense. Boone has played in 22 games during the past two seasons, going 79-of-148 passing for 829 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 211 yards and six touchdowns. Boone won his sole previous start, filling in for Renfree. Boone should have solid protection, with the Blue Devils losing just one starter in C Brian Moore. DL Kenny Anunike will anchor the defense after leading the team in sacks during each of the past two seasons.
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