WACO, Texas — We were lucky enough to get Duke basketball, football and recruiting writer Adam Rowe (@AdamRoweTDD) from the 247Sports Duke site, The Devils Den, to talk Duke post-spring football and look way, way ahead of Baylor’s Sept. 16 visit to Durham, N.C., for the first road game under new Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.
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Baylor247: The first thing that really jumps out to me this spring was the contract extension for (Duke head coach) David Cutcliffe earlier this month. Coming off a 4-8 record and 1-7 ACC record, was that a surprise at all?
Adam Rowe: The Cutcliffe contract extension was kind of a given. With Duke and Cutcliffe, it just seems like they couldn’t have found a better match for each other. After (Cutcliffe) had some health problems at Notre Dame I think he was looking for more of a low-stress environment than he’d been in. And Duke, coming from where they were, just needed somebody capable to coach the team. I think they’re all still a little shell-shocked from missing a bowl game for the first time in four years last season, but we thought it would be a struggle because they had some pretty bad injuries in the preseason last year. At quarterback, the starter got hurt and it thrust Daniel Jones into a starting role probably one year earlier than he should’ve been.
B247: Can you tell us a little bit more about Jones? How’d he do last year and what kind of quarterback is he?
AR: He had one really bad game, against Virginia, where he threw five interceptions and he looked kind of lost. But a lot of that was just him making adjustments to the college game, and you can’t put their losses all on him. They…