St. Augustine’s coach Michael Morand, running back Roderick Davenport II (Rising Sr./Orangeburg, S.C.) and defensive back Denzel Watkins (Rising Sr./Troutman) will be among the CIAA football coaches and players conducting a free youth football clinic at Durham County Stadium in Durham.
The clinic is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for youth 8 to 14 years old and will combine basic fundamentals that focus on self-improvement and motivational life skills. It will be held one day before the preseason CIAA Football Media Day, which begins 1 p.m. Thursday at the Marriott Research Triangle Park in Durham. For more information about the youth clinic, go to theciaa.com.
Duke: Freshman defensive tackle Zach Morris will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
Surgery was performed by Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke’s head team physician and the director of Duke Sports Medicine, on June 23.
Morris, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound native of Ringgold, Ga., was a four-year letter-winner at Ringgold High School for coach Robert Akins. He was rated as the No. 63 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com and was listed at No. 54 on the Scout.com strongside defensive end chart.
As a senior, Morris earned Region 6-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors as voted on by the league’s coaches after guiding the Tigers to an 8-3 overall record and a berth in the Georgia High School Association Class AAA playoffs. He tallied 54 tackles with 11.0 hits for lost yardage and 6.0 sacks en route to first team all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution during his final campaign.
The Blue Devils bring back six returning starters on offense and six on defense from last season’s squad, which qualified for a bowl for the third straight season.
Duke opens the 2015 campaign at Tulane on Thursday, September 3..