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How Duke Football Is Thriving Despite Injuries

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Duke v Baylor
WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: T.J. Rahming #3 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Baylor Bears during the first half of a football game at McLane Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Waco, Texas.
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A lot of people predicted doom when the injury bug hit Duke, and in particular after quarterback Daniel Jones and cornerback Mark Gilbert went down. The Duke Chronicle in particular immediately said forget about a winning season.

Hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Duke ran all over Baylor last weekend with a lot of young players stepping in and playing great.

So how is this happening?

Partly it’s happening because Duke has recruited a higher level of talent for several years. But partly it’s because of how Duke is coaching that talent.

It’s just another example of how solid coaching and organization has transformed this program.

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