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Cutcliffe Excited About Duke’s Running Game

He’s less excited about an expanded ACC schedule.

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ACC Championship - Duke v Florida State
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07: Head coach David Cutcliffe of the Duke Blue Devils during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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It’s the middle of August and that means that the Duke football team is hard at work in a much sharper Wallace Wade Stadium.

Okay, on the practice field, but still.

David Cutcliffe is excited about his stable of running backs. The primary stars are Shaun Wilson and Jela Duncan, who have racked up 1,022 and 1,575 yards respectively - and QB Thomas Sirk, a very real running threat, has 1,041 of his own.

And then there’s talented Joseph Ajeigbe to consider.

All in all, Duke’s running game is in great shape and Cutcliffe is right to be excited.

What he’s not excited about is the push to get the ACC to nine conference games. What do you think of that, coach?

“I would be vehemently against that,” Cutcliffe told the N&O. The ACC probably is playing, overall, maybe the toughest schedule right now. So I don’t see any value whatsoever in it personally. I don’t know who’s for it or who’s against it, I haven’t bothered to pay attention.”

Oh, okay then.

Seriously though, we do like the idea of scheduling NC State as a non-conference opponent. Tickets should sell and the teams usually put on a good game and sometimes spectacular ones as well.