Duke looks to fix passing game before Florida State's visit – East Oregonian
The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke’s passing game hasn’t exactly earned a passing grade lately.
A combination of leaky protection, inaccurate throws and dropped balls have led coach David Cutcliffe to lament that “the passing game is not what you want it to be” with Florida State visiting on Saturday.
In four wins to start the season, Duke (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) completed nearly 63 percent of its throws and averaged 243 yards passing. Then the Blue Devils averaged just 145 yards passing with a 41.6 percent completion rate in losses the past two weeks to No. 11 Miami and Virginia.
Quarterback Daniel Jones completed just 33 percent of his attempts against the Cavaliers , the second-worst mark of his college career — surpassed only by last season’s game against Army played during Hurricane Matthew.
The recent downturn had Cutcliffe making some unspecified tweaks to the practice plan ahead of the Seminoles’ visit.
“If you don’t like what you’re getting, then you change what you’re doing,” he said. “We didn’t drastically change formats, but we looked at the actions that we’re doing at practice and balanced them with the results you’re getting, or the results you want.”
Maybe a matchup with Florida State’s struggling secondary will help the Blue Devils fix things.
Safety Derwin James and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden were first-team selections to the AP’s Preseason All-America team because of their ability to force turnovers. But through the Seminoles’ first four games, neither player has been able to do that. FSU is last in the conference in forcing turnovers with three.