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John Mellencamp's son to walk-on at Duke

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DURHAM—A quick scan down Duke’s roster reveals a notable surname: Mellencamp. And yes, Hud Mellencamp, a freshman walk-on, is the son of the legendary rock star, John.

Listed as a defensive back, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Mellencamp was homeschooled throughout high school and has never played football before, but his family called the coaching staff and asked if they would visit with him after he was accepted to Duke.

Cutcliffe called him a “courageous” young man that was trying to do something new.

“We’re going to spoon feed him, let this thing go slow,” Cutcliffe said, adding that Mellencamp, who is one of two No. 17s on the roster, does have boxing experience.

Mellencamp is not the only person at Duke with a rock star dad—Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica, attends the school as well. 


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I wonder

Will the Coog bring his own iPad or will he accept the free one Dook gives him? Enquiring minds want to know!


I am sure who his dad is has nothing to do with this opportunity. Well, it is Duke football, so he probably has a shot at the two-deep, even though he has never played before.

Forget all that macho s***...

As his daddy told him... forget all that macho @#$@# and learn how to play guitar...

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Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley