August 16, 2007

Mid-camp player report

The Duke Blue Devils are approaching the midway point of preseason camp and with the home and season opener just 16 days away, several players are separating themselves from the pack. There are of course the obvious names that are emerging from the group, such as Jomar Wright, Patrick Bailey, Vince Oghobaase and so on, but several others have been garnering a lot of mention from the coaching staff.

Devils Illustrated will touch on five of these players that have impressed thus far in camp. With a handful of positions left vacant due to graduation or injury, many young players have been given the opportunity to make an impression. Without further ado here is our take on those fans should keep an eye on.

1.) JABARI MARSHALL: As of the start of this week, Marshall was locked in to a battle with junior Glenn Williams for the open boundary corner slot. Early in camp Rodney Ezzard was right in the mix as well, however, Marshall and Williams have recently placed a gap between them and Ezzard.

In Tuesday's scrimmage, Marshall took strides in solidifying the position with his outstanding play. His closing speed caught the attention of the staff and he was showing the ability to read the offense very well. His anticipation is beginning to set him apart from the others.

If Marshall continues improve and stay consistent, he could easily be named the starter for opening day against UConn.

According to head coach Ted Roof, Marshall won the team's strong man competition, which measures "the pound-for-pound best athlete" on the team.

2.) MARCUS LIND: With the absence of Zach Maurides, the 6-foot-4, 300 pound redshirt freshman has seen a great deal of snaps at left guard with both the first and second teams. Lind has drawn several mentions from his head coach throughout camp, however, there is still a long way to go in his development.

Lind has had his moments in camp where he appeared poised to step up his game and move it to the next level. Still, he seems to take a step back with every two or three steps forward. That said, his effort, determination, and willingness to accept the coaching of John Strollo is helping right many of his wrongs.

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