Hope you are well. Had a couple notes for you and hopefully I’ll be able to find something somebody has written about Duke’s football team.
1. I’m working on a story probably for Saturday about the lack of production at B-back. Through 10 games, David Sims and Preston Lyons have a combined 794 yards, roughly putting them on a 13-game pace for about 1,030 yards.
In their seasons at B-back, Jonathan Dwyer and Anthony Allen were in the 1,300-yard range and that has been the case for B-backs almost annually for Paul Johnson’s offense going back to Navy and Georgia Southern.
Said co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak, a longtime Johnson aide, “This is the first time it’s ever been like this.”
Yr. Player AttPG YPC YPG
2008 Dwyer 15.4 7.0 107.3
2009 Dwyer 16.8 5.9 99.6
2010 Allen 18.5 5.5 101.2
2011 Sims 11.0 5.4 59.6
2011 Lyons 4.2 5.2 22.0
The position has produced seven plays of 20-plus yards, and four of them were in the first three games of the season. Johnson said Tuesday that he plans to have the staff evaluate the position and try to reach some answers.
“It hasn’t been the production that we would have liked, but I don’t think it’s necessarily all the B-back,” he said. “I think that’s a function of a lot of things.”
Sims and Lyons don’t appear to be the home-run threats that Allen and Dwyer were, but I think it’s not quite that simple an answer. It could be the line or A-backs not getting blocks, the B-backs not running off of a block correctly or not breaking a tackle, or quarterback Tevin Washington giving on the triple option when he should keep (or vice versa) or play-calling or the opposing defense. Some of it is opportunities.
“If it was a simple fix, it would be fixed,” Sewak said.
2. The sports information department sent out an e-mail Wednesday to media members with candidates for All-ACC. The list:
AB Orwin Smith
ILB Julian Burnett
G Omoregie Uzzi
G Will Jackson
C Jay Finch
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu
Also worth considering:
S Isaiah Johnson
WR Stephen Hill
I don’t have a vote – it’s the paper’s policy to not vote for awards like this – and frankly, I don’t mind. I haven’t seen enough games and players around the league to feel like I could vote with authority. That said, I’d feel pretty comfortable voting for Smith, Burnett and Uzzi. Attaochu would be a more worthy candidate had he not missed two games to injury.
What do you think?
3. Lastly, I got an e-mail from a longtime Tech fan who needs your help.
My family has been attending GT home games since the Dodd era, as my grandfather did not miss but a few games when he was serving as a captain in the U.S. Army during WWII and my dad and I have followed his legacy by continuing to attend games. On Thursday night I met my dad at the game – we sit in the north stands, section 213, row 9. My father was wearing my grandfather’s family ring to the game, he remembers having it on his finger during the game, but when he got to his car after the game he noticed it had fallen off. I have sent an email to the GT police dept and put an ad in the classifieds on the AJC.
Here is the link(http://www.ajcexchange.com/category/66/subcategory/71/ad/28146 ).
If on the odd chance you found it, you know what to do.
After his team’s 31-21 loss to Virginia, Duke coach David Cutcliffe did not mince words with Virginia coach Mike London regarding Cavaliers cornerback Chase Minnifield.
Thanks. I’ll have practice notes up around 9:30 p.m.
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