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Blue Devils Build More Optimism After Spring Football Scrimmage

The future is looking good for Mike Elko’s program

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton - UCF v Duke
 ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND - DECEMBER 28: Riley Leonard #13 of the Duke Blue Devils drops back to pass against the UCF Knights in the Military Bowl Presented by Peraton at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland.
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It’s safe to say that last year’s Duke football team was a major surprise. David Cutcliffe had stepped down, the talent was uncertain and new coach Mike Elko was an unknown quantity.

It didn’t take long for him to prove that he was a quality hire. Duke jumped off to a 4-1 start before finishing 9-4, but of those four losses, three were very winnable.

On Saturday, Duke held its spring scrimmage and looks ready to build on last year’s success.

With Riley Leonard back and some really solid backs and receivers, Duke’s offense is going to be potent.

With new defensive coordinator Tyler Santucci taking over, things will be less certain, but the early signs are good.

In short, Duke looks like it may keep the momentum it built last season.