Duke football coach David Cutcliffe announced Anthony Boone, Ross Cockrell, Justin Foxx and Dave Harding as team captains for the 2013 season.
Boone, a redshirt junior quarterback from Weddington, N.C., is slated to start under center for the Blue Devils, taking the reins from three-year starter Sean Renfree, a two-time team captain who was selected in the seventh round by the NFLs Atlanta Falcons this past spring.
Cockrell, a redshirt senior cornerback from Waxhaw, N.C., will serve as a team captain for the second consecutive season in 2013.
Foxx, a redshirt senior defensive end from Charlotte, has played in 31 career games with 16 starting assignments while amassing totals of 98 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks. In 2012, he was named Dukes Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman after posting 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks despite missing four games due to injury.
Harding, a redshirt senior offensive guard from Orlando, Fla., enters the 2013 season having played in 36 career games with 27 starts at both center and guard.
• The goal-line defense stood out during the Saint Augustines second preseason intrasquad scrimmage at SAU Stadium.
The defense allowed no points and forced one turnover during simulated red zone situations. Linebacker Keyon Elam intercepted a deflected pass in the end zone for the defense.
The defense did quite well, coach Michael Costa said. If we can continue that during the year then we will have a pretty good season. As they say, offense wins games but defense wins championships, and we are trying to win a championship.
• The defense dominated in Shaw's final preseason scrimmage at Chavis Park. The offense managed only one touchdown, while the defense had two key interceptions, a fumble recovery in the end zone, and numerous sacks.
"We got more guys back on defense," coach Robert Massey said of the change. "We had some guys back (from injury) that didn't play last week. We got the beef back, so we were able to shut down the run. We're competitive on the back end against the pass."
The defense set the tone early, when Chris Ellerbe intercepted a pass in the red zone. On the next play, after the offense had reset, Terrance Evans recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Massey was not overly concerned about the offensive performance. "We know the offense is potent. We had some guys who weren't here or were limited today."