Spring football is well underway for colleges across the nation. Duke is no exception to that. The Blue Devils are set to return 17 starters and 44 lettermen from last year’s successful season.
Last season was the first 10-win season since the history of Duke football. In the 1938 and 1941 seasons, Duke had perfect regular seasons, but fell in post-season play both years. In 1938 Duke lost to USC in the Rose Bowl 3-7. In 1941 Duke lost to Oregon State, in the Rose Bowl 16-20.
The only perfect season in Duke football comes in the second year of the program, dating back 123 years to 1891. The Blue Devils played three games that year, with their opponents being Furman, North Carolina, and Virginia. Duke shut out both Furman (96-0) and Virginia (20-0). The North Carolina game was much closer, with the score being 6-4.
This season, Duke wants to capitalize on the return of their starters/lettermen and the success they had last season. Duke has already had their spring game, where the Blue beat the White 24-14.
“[In the spring game] you saw what spring practice has been – continued momentum,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe in a post-game interview. “There were a lot of positives on both sides of the ball, on both the Blue and White units.”
Thanks to the success of the previous season, the recruiting has been better than most years.
“Things always go better when you win,” said Cutcliffe. “Everything tastes better and everything goes much more smoothly when you win football games.”
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