Duke's defense has statistically been one of the worst in the country, but based on the speed he saw this spring, coach David Cutcliffe said improvement isn't far away.
“I’m excited about what I think we can do defensively because we’re going to certainly be the fastest defense we’ve been since we’ve been here," he said.
The question is whether they'll get to the quarterbacks in time to make a difference. Cutcliffe said improving the pass rush was an emphasis this spring, but 10 of 15 defensive linemen on scholarship are either freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Still, he said he liked the progress the defense made this spring under the direction of first-year defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and defensive line coach Rick Petri.