The day before Duke football takes the practice field, the team hosted its annual media day. Among the more notable statements, Coach Cut called out future Heisman candidate Thad Lewis.
Cut: "[His pros are] His sense of timing, throwing into seams and where to lead the ball. But he continues to change his fundamentals. There is an inconsistency of fundamentals and accuracy with the ball. ... To be honest, he hasn't made as good progress as I would have wanted during the spring. None of the team did."
Significantly less offensive was Cut's attack on the kicking game: "People think I'm kidding when I say I'm going to go for it on fourth down. If we don't have a Division I-A level kicking unit, and it's killing me to say that, but we will do it."
The team has lost 400 pounds since January: "I hate to tell them this but there's a whole 'nother level I'm wanting them to get to. My first year at Ole Miss, we had to send 19 guys to get IV fluids after the first practice. I don't want to do that to these guys but that's what I mean about another level."
Lewis described himself as clueless as a freshman, and said he dreaded being the starter heading into last year. This year, he says, is a different feeling. Cut has told Lewis he will not be allowed to wear a cuff with plays written on it as he has done the last two seasons.
Also, if you haven't caught a movie in Durham lately, both main theaters are now airing "We are Duke!" commercials before the previews. I sat in a packed theater before The Dark Knight and was fired up well before The Caped Crusader arrived. And now a whole city will be associating Duke football with Batman, which can't be a bad thing. It should also be noted that the same commercial aired before Wall-E, so young kids are being indoctrinated as well!