Duke will hold their Spring Showcase this Saturday, April 9th at 10 am. The event can be streamed on WatchESPN. This is the second straight year the Blue Devils have taken a non tradtional approach to the Spring Game, by holding scrimmages and workouts without a public audience.
Wallace Wade Stadium has been undergoing major renovations since the end of the 2014 season, limiting access to the stadium. Last year, construction at field level forced the showcase to be held in the indoor practice facility. It is unclear at this time if the event will be held on Brooks’ Field or inside once again. Broadcasting the event on WatchESPN still gives fans the opportunity to take in spring practice and get the first look at next season’s football team, but also allows for a national audience to the event as well.
The Blue Devils have plenty of question marks heading into the 2016 season including finding replacements for Jeremy Cash, Max McCaffrey, and Thomas Sirk, who in all likelihood will miss his final season of eligibility after injuring his Achilles earlier in the offseason. Saturday probably won’t provide the final answers to any of those questions, but should give us our first look at those stepping into prominent roles for the first time.
Entering the spring Parker Boehme was penciled in as QB1. That probably hasn’t changed yet, but Cutcliffe has said he is pleased with how both Daniel Jones and Quentin Harris have performed so far. Boehme will take the majority of the snaps on Saturday, most likely, so it will be interesting to see how the remaining possessions are split between Jones and Harris and may give us the first indication on who may be closer to competing with Boehme for the starting role.
Eyes will be on true freshman wide receiver Scott Bracey, as well. Bracey comes in as one of the top receiving prospects in the nation and is expected to have an immediate impact on the Duke offense. Bracey won’t be given anything, though. There is plenty of talent within the Duke receiving unit. Anthony Nash and TJ Rahming are expected to hold two of the starting receiver spots. Bracey, Chris Taylor, Trevon Lee, and others will all be competing to start.
Duke’s talent at the tight end position is worth watching too. Daniel Helm will be eligible to play this season after sitting out last season following his transfer from Tennessee.
The defense brings back plenty of familiar faces, but Jeremy Cash will be noticeably absent, as will Dwayne Norman and Kyler Brown.
DeVon Edwards has officially made the move to cornerback from safety so there will be a slightly different look to the defense. With the majority of college offenses showing three and sometimes four receiver sets it is beneficial to have at least 3 cover guys on the field at all times. Edwards, Breon Borders, and Bryon Fields will provide that. Deondre Singleton should start at safety and could be joined by his brother, true freshman, Dylan.
Tune in Saturday at 10 am on WatchESPN to get your first look at the 2017 Blue Devils.