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Duke RB Jela Duncan sidelined indefinitely with pec injury

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An academic issue cost Jela Duncan the entire 2014 season.  Now, an injury issue could affect his chances of seeing the field entering the 2015 season.

Duke revealed in a press release Tuesday that Duncan will be sidelined indefinitely because of what’s been diagnosed as a partially torn right pectoral muscle.  The running back sustained the injury during Monday’s practice, and it’s apparently an issue that’s bothered him in the past.

“Jela’s injury is obviously disappointing because we know how hard he’s worked to get back into the thick of things following the two shoulder surgeries,” head coach David Cutcliffe stated.

It was announced in December of 2013 that Duncan was suspended for not only the Chick-fil-A bowl matchup with Texas A&M, but for the entire following season as well because of a violation of university academic policy.  He was officially reinstated in January of this year.

At the time of his suspension, Duncan’s 562 yards were tops on the team for the 2013 season. He ended up No. 2 behind Josh Snead and his 651 yards, one year after leading the Blue Devils with 553 yards on the ground. Duncan’s also a weapon out of the backfield as he totaled 32 receptions for 212 yards in 2012 and 2013.

Duncan’s not the only injury to hit the position, although the two additional dings aren’t nearly as severe.  The school also announced that redshirt sophomore Joseph Ajeigbe and sophomore Shaun Wilson are nursing lower body injuries and are currently sidelined from contact drills.

Said the coach, “Just when you feel comfortable with four experienced running backs on the depth chart, three of them are in the training room.”

The injuries sustained by Ajeigbe and Wilson don’t appear to be long-term.

Jela Duncan reinstated at Duke after one-year suspension

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A player who could’ve made a significant contribution to Duke’s offense again in 2014 will get to do so in 2015.

The Blue Devils announced Wednesday night that Jela Duncan has been reinstated to the university and, thus, the football program. It was announced in December of 2013 that not would Duncan be suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl but for the entire 2014 season as well.

Other than a violation of academic policy, no reason was given for the running back’s suspension.

At the time of his suspension, Duncan’s 562 yards were tops on the team for the 2013 season. He ended up No. 2 behind Josh Snead and his 651 yards, one year after leading the Blue Devils with 553 yards on the ground. Duncan’s also a weapon out of the backfield as he totaled 32 receptions for 212 yards in 2012 and 2013.

The 2015 season will serve as the first of two seasons of eligibility remaining for Duncan.

In addition to Duncan’s reinstatement, the school also announced that tight end Daniel Helm has officially enrolled in classes.  It was announced earlier this month that Helm would be transferring into the program after leaving Tennessee last month.

Two of ACC’s top WRs over 100 yards as Pitt and Duke are tied at half

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Last year’s meeting between Duke and Pittsburgh provided plenty of fireworks, and this year’s game looked to start off right where last year’s meeting left off. The teams combined for 28 points in the back-and-forth first quarter and the first minute of the second. At the half, Pittsburgh and Duke are tied 28-28.

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone ended each of Duke’s first two possessions with touchdown catches. The first was to Jamison Crowder for a 39-yard score. The second was to Josh Snead from 10 yards out. Each score gave Duke the lead, but Pittsburgh responded with running back James Conner capping a 10-play, 82-yard drive with a short touchdown run and Chad Voytik taking off on his own for a 13-yard keeper to the end zone.

Pittsburgh finally took its first lead late in the second quarter with Voytik completing his second touchdown pass of the half to J.P. Holtz. Duke took a gamble on the goal line in the closing seconds of the half, and were rewarded with Thomas Sirk pushing across the goal line to tie the game at the break.

Two of the ACC’s top wide receivers are already over 100 yards in this one. Crowder leads Duke with 111 yards and two touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s rising star, Tyler Boyd, is past the century mark as well with 102 yards. Pittsburgh also already has over 100 rushing yards out of Conner on the ground as well.

The good news for Pittsburgh is the offense has also protected the football. After a dismal start last week against Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh went to halftime without a single turnover.

ACC Coastal anyone’s to take after Duke takes sting out of No. 22 Georgia Tech

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The SEC West may be the best division in college football, but the most confusing may be the ACC Coastal. Duke (5-1, 1-1 ACC) avoided falling behind the pack with a dominating victory in Atlanta against No. 22 Georgia Tech, winning by a final score of 31-25.

Duke held a 14-12 advantage at halftime, but the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half and had to hold on at the end. Josh Snead had a short touchdown run in the first five minutes of the second half and that was followed a few minutes later by a field goal by Ross Martin from 34 yards out. Anthony Boone completed 15 passes to six different players in the game. Anthony Boone completed 15 passes to six different players in the game. Duke’s defense also forced three turnovers, giving Duke a +3 turnover margin for the game. The Yellow Jackets somehow put up a late 89-yard touchdown drive ending with a touchdown run by Tim Byerly, his second in four minutes, but Georgia Tech was unable to recover the onside kick attempt.

With the result of the game, Virginia actually slides into first place in the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia is off this week but travels to Duke next weekend with first place on the line. Duke still has Virgina Tech and North Carolina to play later in the season as well. As far as the Coastal is concerned, we will step aside and let the rest of this month play out before focusing on potential tie breakers and schedules, but given everything that has been put on display to this point it just feels like this division is still waiting for one team to grab it by the horns and run away with it to face Florida State in the ACC Championship Game.

Georgia Tech will play on the road for its next two games. First up is a trip to Duke’s neighbor and rival, North Carolina. That will be followed by a trip to Pittsburgh before returning home to host Virginia on November 1.

Duke RB Jela Duncan suspended

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Duke has lost the services of its leading rusher after the school suspended running back Jela Duncan for a violation of university academic policy, the Blue Devils announced on Saturday.

Duncan will not only miss the Chick-Fil-A bowl game against Texas A&M, but also all of next season as well.

The sophomore’s 562 rushing yards led Duke. He also scored three touchdowns.

Luckily for the Blue Devils, there is plenty of depth behind Duncan. Oft-used junior Josh Snead rushed for 547 yards and is a bit more dynamic than Duncan, averaging over 6 yards per carry. Sophomore Shaquille Powell has 337 yards and two scores. So the Duke running game should survive.