August 20, 2002
The Big Picture
The program has been on shaky ground since coach Steve Spurrier left after the 1989 season, but the Carl Franks era has been downright earthquake-like. He's 3-30 overall, with all three victories coming in his 1999 debut. Franks swears the overall talent and speed continue to get better with every recruiting class, but it's time to see some results on the field.
Will any Division I-A team try to make do this season with just one senior? Besides Duke, we mean? That's the predicament facing the Devils, whose annual lack of talent may be undermined further in 2002 by a lack of leadership. The senior exodus claimed former rushing leader B.J. Hill and starting safety Josh Kreider; both chose to graduate rather than return for a fifth year. On the bright side, Franks was able to make two quality staff additions in defensive coordinator Ted Roof and offensive line coach Rich McGeorge.
Probable 2002 Starters
- returning starter * has redshirted
Tailback Chris Douglas could play for almost anyone, as evidenced not only by his production as a rusher-receiver-returner but by his scholarship offers out of high school. (Almost everyone in the ACC offered.) Left tackle Drew Strojny anchors a line that, while not the most physically gifted, averages about 6-5, 312. Linebacker Ryan Fowler is one of the best-kept secrets in the ACC, and the player he replaced in the middle, Jim Scharrer, has disruptive potential at end. Youngsters coming on strong: WR Khary Sharpe, DT Orrin Thompson.
Cause For Concern?
Neither of the first two quarterbacks, Chris Dapolito and sophomore Adam Smith, has thrown a meaningful pass since high school. Sharpe is the only returning wideout who averaged two catches per game. Brent Garber has missed four extra points and eight of 21 field goals in two years. Trey McDonald averaged 38.4 yards per punt in 2001. Both starting corners will be new. Depth is a serious concern almost everywhere.
(0-11, 0-8 in 2001)
|Aug. 31||East Carolina (6-6)|
|Sept. 7||Louisville (11-2)|
|Sept. 14||at Northwestern (4-7)|
|Sept. 21||at Florida State (8-4)|
|Sept. 28||at Navy (1-10)|
|Oct. 5||Virginia (5-7)|
|Oct. 12||at Wake Forest (6-5)|
|Oct. 19||at N.C. State (7-5)|
|Oct. 26||Maryland (10-2)|
|Nov. 2||Clemson (7-5)|
|Nov. 16||at Georgia Tech (8-5)|
|Nov. 23||North Carolina (8-5)|
CHART BY: THE DUKE INSIDER