Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe announced that freshman safety Deondre Singleton has returned to the active roster and will play against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday:
Cutcliffe noted that S Deondre Singleton will play at UVA coming off suspension for the Navy game. Also said Singleton had good am practice.
— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 15, 2013
Singleton was suspended for Duke’s contest against Navy last weekend, a game the Blue Devils won 35-7, due to missing two ‘academic obligations’. Singleton, a two-star recruit from Lawrenceville, Georgia, had worked his way into a starting role at safety before the suspension, taking over for an injured Dwayne Norman.
On the year, Singleton has tallied fourteen tackles and a forced fumble, with his first (and only) start being in Duke’s 38-31 victory over Troy on September 28th.
One thing to note is that Cutcliffe hasn’t actually stated that Singleton will start. With the Blue Devils suffering from such a lack of depth at the position, he is certain to see more than enough playing time, but we don’t yet know whether he or Norman will receive the bulk of the playing time. For the record, my money is on Norman, as I don’t feel Singleton did enough in such a limited time to take over the job.
That being said, I do believe Singleton is a very intriguing player that you should keep your eye on, moving forward. As long as, you know, he doesn’t keep cutting classes/tutor sessions/whatever the hell those academic obligations were.