Duke vs. Cincinnati
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Line: Cincinnati by 9
TV/Radio: ESPN2, WDNC-620 AM, WKIX-102.9 FM
Bowl preview central:
***Duke accepts Belk Bowl bid
***There was a time, Conner Vernon can now admit, that he doubted Duke would make a bowl
***Luke DeCock on the passing of Geri Collins, wife of LB coach Jim Collins and team photographer (and the return of Collins to practice two days later)
***Underdog role just fine with Duke
***Position changes and early practice notes
***A look back to the last Duke team to go bowling, the 1994 Blue Devils, led by Fred Goldsmith, built by Steve Spurrier
***Small tweaks and position changes on offense make a big impact for Duke
***A Q&A with Sean Renfree and Conner Vernon
***Luke DeCock on the emergence of Jamison Crowder
Duke player to watch:
Senior, wide receiver,
5-9, 190 pounds
Duke’s two main receiving threats, Conner Vernon and Jamison Crowder, will match up against Cincinnati’s best pass defenders. Scott, though, has a knack for finding holes in the secondary, particularly on third down. Against North Carolina, two of Scott’s three catches resulted in third-down conversions, and he converted 3rd-and-27 and 3rd-and-19 in the Blue Devils’ win at Wake Forest. On the year, he finished with 61 catches for 606 yards and tied a Duke record with three games with at least 10 catches (against Stanford, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech).
Cincinnati player to watch:
6-2, 252 pounds
A junior college transfer who missed most of last season with a knee injury, Blair was given an opportunity to start this year, and he made an immediate impact, leading Cincinnati in total tackles (123) and tackles for loss (8.5). The first-team all-Big East selection recorded at least 10 tackles in seven games and also finished the regular season with six pass breakups, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Athleticism runs in his family— his older brother, DeJuan Blair, starred at Pittsburgh has a basketball player and is a four-year NBA veteran who plays for the San Antonio Spurs.
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