As far as football in the Triangle, this is as good as Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State have collectively been in a long time, even if it doesn't feel that way. Last season, all three schools went to a bowl game for only the second time. They have combined to post a combined 20 or more wins three years in a row, only the second time that's happened.
With offensive output in college football exploding into video-game territory in recent years, defenses have been put on the, well, defensive. Defensive coordinators around the country – including Duke’s Jim Knowles – have spent the offseason scheming up responses.
Duke safety DeVon Edwards, a redshirt junior, went from an overlooked high school recruit with just one scholarship offer to an all-American kickoff returner. Video by Laura Keeley, email@example.com
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe speaks after Wednesday's practice on injury updates, the team's scrimmage and whether the Blue Devils are ready for Tulane. Video by Aric Dilalla, firstname.lastname@example.org For more on Duke football, go to: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/duke/