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Duke Football Has A Nice Statistical Surprise

The defense has been doing something very impressive.

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NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Duke
Sep 10, 2016; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils linebacker Ben Humphreys (34) celebrates after a sack in the second quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Wallace Wade Stadium.
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Here’s something we didn’t expect: Duke is leading the ACC in sacks.

Duke actually has more after five games (20) than all of last year (17) and that’s without last year’s star Jeremy Cash and also without DeVon Edwards for basically two games. That’s pretty solid.

Part of it is down to a new line coach and part of it is down to maturity.

It’s a nice balance to the younger parts of the team and a real bright spot.