Is anything improving at Duke?
Posted Apr 10, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Are things are improving in any way under David Cutcliffe?

From John Watson, … Things are definitely improving under Coach Cutcliffe. Despite not yet qualifying for the postseason, the Blue Devils have been competitive throughout the entirety of the ACC regular season and have actually won some games during his tenure. Were it not for a string of bad luck, Duke would have gon bowling two years ago, but instead finished 5-7. Coach Cutcliffe continues to work hard on the recruiting trail to build depth, but it's slow Right now Duke still doesn't have enough raw talent outside the top 22 players on the roster, making for an extremely small margin of error.

Is there any hope for the defensive front to start getting into the backfield?

The defensive front will be somewhat undersized again this season and Duke will be relying on speed from the perimeter and the inside linebackers to help with that deficiency. Other programs such as Wake Forest have done well in the past with smaller linemen, but there's no question the Blue Devils would love to land a number of bigger, stronger interior defensive types.

What's the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

Coach Cutcliffe has made quite a show of getting the 'best 22' players on the field. Included in those top players are all three rotational quarterbacks - Renfree, Anthony Boone, and Brandon Connette. Because of that, it's likely Duke will run sets with at least two signal callers on the field at the same time.

- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?