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Previewing the Duke Offense

Deacs look for eighth win against pesky in-state rival

Georgia Tech v Duke Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

In the final game of the regular season, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will host their in-state rival Duke Blue Devils on Saturday at BB&T Field for a 12:30pm kickoff. The Deacs will be looking for their eighth win of the year, while Duke will be looking to get its sixth and become bowl eligible.

Duke comes into the game with a record of 5-6 and 2-5 in the conference. The Blue Devils began the season 4-0 and looking like one of the better teams in the ACC, but then went on a six game losing streak. They ended that streak last Saturday on Senior Day at Wallace Wade Stadium with a 43-20 win over Georgia Tech.

Duke is led by sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones, who is 205-369 for 2093 yards passing on the season. He completes 55.6% of his passes, averages 5.67 yards per completion, and has thrown 10 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. Jones has been sacked 26 times this season.

The Blue Devils rushing attack is led by running backs Shaun Wilson and Brittain Brown.

Wilson, a senior, has 129 carries for 705 yards and 5 touchdowns. He averages 5.5 yards per carry. He also has a passing touchdown on the year.

Brown, a freshman, has 106 rushes for 627 yards and 5 touchdowns. He averages 5.9 yards per carry.

Daniel Jones has 131 attempts for 395 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Backup quarterback Quentin Harris has 2 rushing touchdowns. He has also thrown for one touchdown.

Junior T.J. Rahming is by far the leading receiver on the team. He has 53 receptions for 643 yards and a touchdown.

Shaun Wilson and Davis Koppenhaver both have three touchdown receptions on the season.

Johnathan Lloyd, Chris Taylor, Aaron Young, Daniel Helm, and Noah Gray each have one apiece.

Sophomore kicker Austin Parker is 29-31 on extra points and 16-20 on field goals. His season long is from 45 yards.

Wake Forest should be able to handle Duke, and is favored by double digits, but David Cutcliffe’s teams are always well prepared so the Deacs will have to be on their “A” game.