The Duke Football team is set to begin its season at the end of August and it’s time to give game by game predictions for the 2019 season.
There will be a lot of new faces on the football field this season for the Duke Blue Devils.
Most notably the Blue Devils will not have Daniel Jones under center as he opted for the NFL Draft as the end of last season and became the No. 6 overall selection by the New York Giants.
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While there are many other skill position players that are no longer in Durham, like T.J. Rahming and Johnathan Lloyd, Duke still retains star running back Deon Jackson, the only Blue Devil to be named to the All-ACC Preseason Team.
Duke also has a lot of question marks on the defensive side of the ball as former star linebackers Joe Giles-Harris and Ben Humphreys are no longer collegiate players and All-American cornerback Mark Gilbert is still recovering from a hip injury he suffered on September 8, 2018 vs. Northwestern.
The Blue Devils are coming off of an 8-5 season, culminating in a win over Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, but after a 4-0 start and cracking the AP Top-25 Poll, Duke stumbled in ACC play, going 3-5 in conference play.
Fans will see a familiar face at quarterback this season as David Cutcliffe will turn to Quentin Harris as his signal caller in 2019. Harris filled in for Daniel Jones last year when the junior went down with a collarbone injury.
Harris saw action in 12 games, starting two in place of Jones, and won both of his starts on the road against Baylor and home game versus North Carolina Central.
The Wilton, Connecticut native completed 50.0% of his passes for a total of 437 yards with seven touchdowns and just one interception.
Duke’s schedule will do it no favors this season, as on top of the grueling ACC schedule, Duke will play National Championship hopefuls the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Blue Devils will be in a fight to become bowl eligible this season, but we will see where Duke could stack its wins this season.