The Blue Devils recently announced a few changes to their coaching staff:
• Ben Albert, an assistant head coach and defensive line coach at Boston College, was hired to be Duke’s new associate defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. The Eagles led the nation in total defense and tackles for loss per game (9.6) last year. Albert was at Boston College from 2013-15.
“Obviously, we know his work with the Boston College defense all too well from a season ago when we couldn’t have been more impressed with their preparation and execution,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said in a release (the Blue Devils won that game 9-7 with three field goals). “You don’t lead the country in total defense by accident – you have to have a combination of outstanding players and exceptional coaches.”
• Jim Collins, who coached outside linebackers and defensive ends last year, will move into an administrative role as the director of football relations. Collins has been on Cutcliffe’s staff since he arrived at Duke in 2008 and also worked under former Duke head coaches Steve Spurrier (1987-89) and Steve Sloan (1985-86).
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“As an administrator, his wealth of knowledge and experiences will be instrumental in our program’s overall growth as we continue to compete for championships on the field while maintaining the highest academic and community levels of integrity,” Cutcliffe said.
• Drew Dudzik, a graduate assistant for the past two years, was hired to coach wide receivers at James Madison, his alma mater.