The Duke Blue Devils will once again be without the services of starting defensive end Dezmond Johnson for their ACC Coastal division showdown against Georgia Tech due to a leg injury. This will be the third straight game Johnson will miss.
Defensive lineman Jamal Wallace, who can play both defensive tackle and defensive end, will also miss tomorrow’s game with a lower-body injury.
The timing of these injuries is rather unfortunate for Duke. Georgia Tech boasts one of the best rushing attacks in the country and will certainly test the defensive line depth of the Blue Devils. Through five games, the Yellow Jackets rank eleventh in the country with 297.2 rushing yards per game.
Defensively, Duke has had their fair share of problems stopping the run, currently ranking 93rd in the country in rush yards allowed (186.4).
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe is expecting to throw out a five or six man rotation at defensive tackle, hoping to keep fresh bodies on the field at all times.
Earlier in the week, both coaches took slight jabs at one another, started by Cutcliffe.
Cutcliffe questioned why a high school wide receiver would opt to sign with the Yellow Jackets, questioning Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson’s reputation for having an elite offensive mind.
“How many receivers have they put in the NFL?,” Johnson responded. “I can tell you. None. They’ve had one offensive player (drafted by) the NFL in his six years there. … He probably ought to worry about his own business.”
The two face off at 12:30 in Atlanta, and Georgia Tech will look to continue its current 10-game win streak against the Blue Devils.
*Section Photo credit to Blue Devil Nation; Featured Photo (above) credit to Ellen Ozier, USA Today Sports