Giants sign 1st-round picks Lawrence and Baker
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants signed first-round draft picks defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and cornerback DeAndre Baker on Friday.
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Peyton Manning drops by Broncos practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning hasn't strayed too far from football in retirement, serving as a volunteer coach at his kid's youth games, hosting a show celebrating the NFL's 100th season...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning hasn't been looking over his shoulder since the New York Giants took heir apparent Daniel Jones with the sixth pick overall in the NFL draft.
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ACC teams look to answer questions at quarterback
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dabo Swinney's quarterback situation at Clemson seems settled for a while. Not many of his colleagues around the Atlantic Coast Conference can say the same thing.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones didn't stop throwing when Duke's pro day ended.
About half an hour after the television cameras quit rolling for his televised workout for the pro scouts...
Shurmurs make NFL combine a father-son affair
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Lock, Jones among quarterback prospects at Senior Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Drew Lock, Daniel Jones and the other Senior Bowl quarterbacks have spent the week practicing with new teammates and learning a simplified NFL offense.
Now, the NFL prospects get to play an actual game Saturday, even though most of the league's coaches, scouts and executives high-tailed it out of town long before kickoff.
Well-traveled QB Gardner Minshew hoping to find NFL home
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Gardner Minshew carved his own meandering path from walk-on to NFL prospect.
He began as a walk-on at Troy, took a sharp left to junior college, bounced over to East Carolina, made a beeline toward Alabama and finally ended with one terrific final season at Washington State.
"I kind of took the long way around," Minshew said Tuesday.
QB Jones, LB Giles-Harris to leave Duke early for NFL draft
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke quarterback Daniel Jones and linebacker Joe Giles-Harris are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.
They announced their decisions Monday, four days after the Blue Devils beat Temple in the Independence Bowl .
Jones, Duke offense roll past Temple in Independence Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Temple was making big special-teams plays, returning interceptions for touchdowns and looking like a team that might crush Duke for a big postseason win.
But the Owls had one problem that couldn't be overcome: Coach David Cutcliffe doesn't lose in Shreveport.
Daniel Jones threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns, T.J. Rahming caught 12 passes for 240 yards and two scores, and Duke recovered from a slow start to blow past Temple 56-27 in the Independence Bowl on Thursday.
Independence Bowl Matchup
Duke (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Temple (8-4, American Athletic Conference), Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
LOCATION: Shreveport, Louisiana.
Duke: QB Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,251 yards and 17 TDs with seven interceptions and has rushed for 325 TDs and two more scores.
Temple: QB Anthony Russo led the team to a 7-2 record after taking over as the starter as the Owls averaged 36 points and 435.7 yards per game with him under center.
No. 2 Clemson overcomes slow start to beat Duke 35-6
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson finished perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a less than perfect performance that still ended with another blowout.
The No. 2 Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP) beat Duke 35-6 on Saturday night, rebounding to win their six straight league game by at least 20 points after falling behind 6-0 and getting just one first down on their first three drives.
No. 2 Clemson seeks perfect ACC regular-season against Duke
Duke (7-3, 3-3 ACC) at No. 2 Clemson (10-0, 7-0, CFP No. 2), 7 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Clemson by 27½.
Series record: Clemson leads 36-16-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson is in prime position for its fourth straight College Football Playoff, which could disappear with a loss to Duke — or anyone else — down the stretch. The Blue Devils are seeking an eighth win in a season for the fourth time in the past six years.
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Duke holds off rival UNC 42-35 to keep Victory Bell
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones kept Duke moving to big yardage totals, while the Blue Devils' defense provided help when the offense stumbled.
That has the Blue Devils keeping the Victory Bell after another rivalry win against North Carolina.
Jones accounted for a program-record 547 total yards and four touchdowns to help Duke beat UNC 42-35 on Saturday, earning the program's third straight win in the longtime series of nearby neighbors.
Panthers, Blue Devils meet looking to stay in Coastal race
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has been around long enough to know an NFL-caliber player when he sees one. And he sees one in Duke's senior quarterback Daniel Jones.
An up close look awaits Saturday when Jones and the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit the Panthers (3-4, 2-1).
"He's 6-5, he has (Duke coach) David (Cutcliffe) as his quarterbacks coach," Narduzzi said. "Got a gun arm. He can also move in the pocket. He's elusive."
Perkins leads Virginia past Duke 28-14
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Bryce Perkins did a little bit of everything to lead Virginia to another upset victory.
Perkins passed for 189 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed for 61 yards and two scores to help the Cavaliers beat Duke 28-14 on Saturday afternoon.
Virginia (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) backed up its 16-13 win over Miami, its first against a ranked opponent since 2014, with its fourth consecutive victory over Duke. The Cavaliers won as underdogs for the second week in a row.
Duke beats fumble-prone Georgia Tech 28-14
ATLANTA (AP) — Duke's Daniel Jones seized the advantage when Georgia Tech suffered a sudden flurry of three lost fumbles in the final three minutes of the third quarter.
Jones threw three touchdown passes, all in the decisive span late in the third quarter, and Duke contained the nation's top running attack to beat Georgia Tech 28-14 on Saturday.
"We wanted to force some turnovers and really that changed the game," said Duke safety Dylan Singleton.
QB Jones back for No. 22 Duke after breaking collar bone
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Quarterback Daniel Jones will start for No. 22 Duke against Virginia Tech, three weeks after breaking his collar bone.
Team officials on Saturday announced that Jones will start later that night for the Blue Devils (4-0) in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the Hokies (2-1, 1-0).
Backup QBs take center stage when No. 22 Duke faces Hokies
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — This will be a battle of the backups.
When No. 22 Duke plays host to Virginia Tech on Saturday night, neither team will have its regular starting quarterback. That means the game might come down to which backup — Quentin Harris of Duke or Ryan Willis of the Hokies — has a better night.
No. 22 Duke looks to stay perfect with VTech visiting
Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0) at No. 22 Duke (4-0, 0-0), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Line: Duke by 5.
Series record: Virginia Tech leads 16-9.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The surging Blue Devils are looking to preserve their first national ranking since 2015 and prove they're serious contenders in the ACC's Coastal Division race. The Hokies, embarrassed by last week's 14-point loss at previously winless Old Dominion, want nothing more than to bounce back by picking up another league victory.
Duke leaves ahead of Florence, makes adjustments for Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) — Duke has had to make a lot of adjustments while getting ready to play Baylor.
Duke’s trip to Baylor highlights tweaked Week 3 in ACC
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 3:
With Jones out, Duke turns to Harris at QB
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has to replace perhaps its most irreplaceable player.
Quarterback Daniel Jones, who took virtually every meaningful snap for the Blue Devils (2-0) over the past two-plus seasons, is out indefinitely with a broken collar bone.
So now, starting with Saturday's visit to Baylor (2-0), they must figure out a way to win with backup Quentin Harris.
"We just have to plug him in," receiver Johnathan Lloyd said Tuesday, "and we're going to play."
Duke QB Jones out indefinitely, CB Gilbert out for season
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone and all-Atlantic Coast Conference cornerback Mark Gilbert is done for the season with a hip injury.
Team spokesman Art Chase said both players had surgeries Sunday.
Jones throws for 3 TDs, Duke beats Northwestern 21-7
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Daniel Jones dropped back to pass when he got driven to the ground by a blindside hit.
He came down on his left side and left the game with an injured clavicle, which could mean a lengthy absence for the star quarterback and a huge loss for Duke.
Jones threw for three touchdowns before getting knocked out of the game, and the Blue Devils beat Northwestern 21-7 on Saturday.
Northwestern gets chance for payback against Duke
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern has tried not to dwell on the blowout loss to Duke last year.
Even so, the Wildcats wouldn't mind a little payback. They get their chance when the two teams meet again on Saturday.
"Yeah, that loss is in the back of our minds," defensive tackle Jordan Thompson said. "But does it change how consistently we want to prepare every day? No."
Jones, Brown lead Duke past Army, 34-14, in opener
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones was a more efficient passer than Army's quarterback — and that's more impressive than it might seem.
Jones threw for one touchdown and rushed for another score, helping Duke open with a 34-14 victory over Army on Friday night.
Jones was 13 of 17 for 197 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run and a 25-yard scoring pass to Aaron Young.
Duke rolls past Northern Illinois in Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit – Duke dominated the opening quarter of the Quick Lane Bowl, jumping out to a 14-0 lead before defeating Northern Illinois 36-14 before an announced crowd of 20,252 fans Tuesday evening.
Duke scored midway through the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down.
Jones leads Duke over Northern Illinois, 36-14
DETROIT (AP) — In mid-November, after a loss at Army, the Duke Blue Devils were looking at spending a second straight holiday season at home.
That made Tuesday's success in the Quick Lane Bowl even sweeter.
After a six-game losing streak dropped them to 4-6, the Blue Devils (7-6) had to beat Georgia Tech and Wake Forest just to get bowl eligible. They managed that, got a bid to spend Christmas in Detroit, and salvaged the season with a 36-14 win over Northern Illinois.
Quick Lane Bowl Matchup
Duke (6-6, ACC) vs. Northern Illinois (8-4, Mid-American), Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Duke: Sophomore QB Daniel Jones has thrown for 2,439 yards and 12 TDs and rushed for an additional six scores.
Northern Illinois: DE Sutton Smith has been named one of five finalists for the 2017 Ted Hendricks Award. Smith leads the FBS in sacks with 14 and tackles for loss with 28.5.
One of the equipment guys for the Duke football team couldn’t resist as he helped pack up one of the buses on Saturday afternoon outside of BB&T Field.
The Blue Devils had just rallied in the second half to upend Wake Forest 31-23 and the guy had to light up a cigar. It was more than a victory cigar for the Blue Devils because the victory meant they qualified for a bowl game for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Duke tops Wake Forest 31-23 to become bowl eligible
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The close of Duke's game on Saturday appropriately mirrored its season.
Daniel Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Duke earned bowl eligibility by beating Wake Forest 31-23.
The Blue Devils closed their regular season by winning back-to-back games for the first time since starting the season 4-0. It also reached the six-win mark for the fifth time in six years and fifth time in 10 seasons under coach David Cutcliffe.
Duke snaps 6-game skid in 43-20 win over Georgia Tech
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Six consecutive losses had Duke angry and motivated on Senior Day at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The result was an offensive eruption Georgia Tech was helpless to stop.
Shaun Wilson caught two touchdown passes and threw another, Brittain Brown ran for 116 yards and a score, and the Blue Devils kept their bowl hopes alive with a 43-20 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday night.
Virginia Tech’s defense among nation’s elite going into Miami showdown
On Duke’s first play Saturday night, quarterback Daniel Jones faked a handoff and Virginia Tech’s Andrew Motuapuaka came unblocked after him. Jones slipped and Motuapuaka took him down for a 10-yard loss.
Going backward. The Blue Devils aren’t the only offense to experience that against the Hokies this year.
VIRGINIA TECH’S THREE KEYS TO VICTORY
1Defend Duke’s QB: Virginia Tech needs to pressure Daniel Jones when he’s dropping back to pass and contain him when he attempts to run. A year ago, he rushed for 99 yards against the Hokies. The Blue Devils have struggled with pass protection, but have given up just five sacks in the past three games. Virginia Tech ranks fourth in the ACC with 18 sacks in seven games.
Duke looks to fix passing game before Florida State’s visit
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's passing game hasn't exactly earned a passing grade lately.
A combination of leaky protection, inaccurate throws and dropped balls have led coach David Cutcliffe to lament that "the passing game is not what you want it to be" with Florida State visiting on Saturday.
A year after roughing him up, Virginia expects a more experienced Daniel Jones at QB for Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Daniel Jones doesn’t know if it should be labeled revenge, redemption or some other catchy term. He just knows that, after putting forward a nightmarish performance against Virginia last football season, he’s eager to try his hand against the Cavaliers again this Saturday.
Virginia expecting stronger performance by Duke quarterback
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia knows Duke quarterback Daniel Jones is a different — and more improved — player than he was a year ago.
Jones was just a freshman last season when Virginia traveled to Duke, and the Cavaliers' plan to pressure and rattle the young quarterback worked. He threw five interceptions and fumbled the ball away once, and in a season when the Cavalier won just one other game, they rolled over the Blue Devils, 34-20.
Northwestern hopes to start turnaround against Bowling Green
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Just like last year, Northwestern is struggling in the early going. Don't think coach Pat Fitzgerald is buying the comparisons, though.
The Wildcats come into Saturday's game against Bowling Green trying to shake off a blowout loss and find their footing.
"I get it," Fitzgerald said. "But there's way too much stock put in what happened last year. This is a totally different team."
Cutcliffe, Duke only college program earning early As
Two weeks into the season, there’s a clear-cut early leader on the area coaches report card list.
David Cutcliffe, Duke, A: The 41-17 win over Northwestern was one of the Blue Devils’ most impressive performances of the entire Cutcliffe era, and that’s saying something.
Daniel Jones was near-perfect at quarterback with 305 yards passing and 108 rushing against a competitive Big 10 defense.
QB Jones’ 4 TDs lead Duke to a rout of Northwestern, 41-17
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones wasn't happy when his stretch of 202 consecutive passes without an interception came to an end.
So, Duke's sophomore quarterback took out his frustration on the Northwestern defense.
Jones accounted for 413 total yards and four touchdowns, and the Blue Devils cruised to a 41-17 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.
OSU football: Mason Rudolph has thrown 147 passes without an interception. The contents of those passes make it impressive
STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph completed four passes of 40 or more yards on Thursday, including three that went for touchdowns.
Last year, six teams went the entire season with less than four completed passes of 40 yards. The list includes Cotton Bowl champion Wisconsin.
Deep pass plays mean taking risks. It’s understood some offenses prefer to take more risks than others.
Great Brittain: RB Brown leads Duke past NC Central, 60-7
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Jones had a big Duke debut last year in a blowout of North Carolina Central. This time, it was Brittain Brown's turn to break out — and now the Blue Devils hope the rest of the season goes differently.
Brown rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown in his first college game, Jones accounted for three scores and Duke opened the season by routing N.C. Central 60-7 on Saturday night.
Minshew, not Sirk, will start at QB for East Carolina
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gardner Minshew will begin the season as East Carolina's starting quarterback after beating out Duke transfer Thomas Sirk.
Coach Scottie Montgomery announced the decision following practice Tuesday.
Minshew threw for 1,347 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions while playing in seven games and making two starts last season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The ACC's Coastal Division has always been unpredictable, and there's no reason to believe this year will be any different.
With five of seven teams replacing starting quarterbacks, the division that hasn't seen a repeat champion since 2010-11 could be up for grabs yet again. There is no definitive favorite.