Durham, NC – Duke football had its seventh practice at the Brooks Practice Facility on Friday to close out its first week of fall camp.
Senior running back Deon Jackson and senior defensive end Derrick Tangelo spoke with our very own Blue Devil Network at the conclusion of practice to recap the week.
“Honestly, I think we’ve had a great first week of practice,” Jackson said. “The chemistry is definitely a little bit further along than I thought we would have been just because we have so many new guys and so many new pieces on the team. I feel like we’re pretty ahead of schedule in my opinion.”
Jackson, who in 37 career games (20 starts) has rushed 365 times for 1,585 yards and 13 TDs, enters the 2020 season ranking third in career all-purpose yards, fourth in rushing yards, fourth in kick returns, fifth in rushing touchdowns, fifth in kick return yards, and sixth in touchdowns scored among active players in the ACC. He has amassed 2,645 all-purpose yards and has lost just four fumbles in 444 career touches (111.0 touches/fumble).
Jackson added his thoughts on the team’s first day in full pads.
“It definitely felt good to get the pads back on and everything like that. Just being able to go full speed and put everything that we’ve been working on actually into our drills. You know we’ve got a little taste of the action and hopefully tomorrow we’ll get after it a little more.”
Tangelo was just as happy as Jackson to get the full pads back on.
“I mean it was amazing,” Tangelo said. “You know just getting that physicality back it brings it to a whole other level. We’ve been inching toward full pads as we’ve been preparing, so just to finally let it happen was amazing.”
In 34 career games Tangelo has amassed 74 tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The Gaithersburg, Md., native has had 12 games with three-plus tackles, including a career-high 11 stops against N.C. Central in 2018.
“I mean it was nerve-racking for everybody not knowing what was going to happen with the pandemic going on,” Tangelo added. “We didn’t really know what it was going to be like, but we’ve been following the right instructions. Now that we’re here it’s definitely exciting for everybody just to you know finally be back with each other, practicing and working hard going against each other. I think we’ve had a very good week. We’re building on something every day. We’re focusing more on conditioning and trying to get ourselves into the best shape possible. The coaches have got a great game plan and we’ve just been executing.”
The Blue Devils’ amended 2020 schedule has them scheduled to kick off their season on the road at Notre Dame on Sept. 12.