banner
Duke

The Devil's Den: Duke's truck stick

Posted August 1, 2013

Being able to change the game. That’s the best feeling in football for Blue Devil running back Juwan Thompson.

“A run play can go from a 99 yard run to that 1 yard touchdown,” he said. “Or a big impact especially with a defensive guy trying to stop you. You hit that truck stick on them or you hit that move on somebody and it fires everyone else up.”

At 5’11” and 225 lbs, the senior has the size to hit the “truck stick” often, especially defensive backs. He said he doesn’t have a specific hit that stands out…at least in games. In practice? That’s a different story.

“Defensive backs try to go low,” senior Juwan Thompson said with a hint of a smile. “Especially Ross [Cockrell]. Ross is one of the main ones that likes to go low on me. I taught him a lesson a couple of times and told him to cut it out. After that time, he relaxed a little bit.”

Thompson said he got low as Ross did on the tackle and drove Ross into the ground. Hard. Thompson kept running.

“If you get as low as them and keep the legs driving, most of the time it’s not going to work,” he said.

Thompson set the record for running backs in the power clean by lifting 357 lbs. For comparison, the Duke media guide lists the offensive line record at 349 lbs. (held by guard Cody Robinson). Thompson said it’s a little tougher to do now as a senior (four years at running back have taken a toll), but he still challenges guys on the offensive line.

“They still can’t beat me,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t power clean [when he lifts], but if they want a challenge I’ll go ahead and put the weight on there and show them that anytime I can still get it up there.”

Those challenges are part of a connection with the guys on offense. He said the offense has gotten close through various activities this summer.

“We have a lot of fun,” he said. “Last week, me, Dave Harding, [Anthony] Boone, and [Brandon] Connette went and played nine holes of golf…It was like one of my first times going. It was a good bonding experience. Two hours, talking, having fun and making fun of each other.”

He was happy with his play as a first-time golfer.

“I didn’t even write the score down,” he said. “But out of everybody there I was like second place behind Connette, who plays a lot of golf. For me, I just look at that ball and hit it as far as I could…I did a little Happy Gilmore out there.”

But unlike Happy switching from hockey to golf, Juwan is sticking with football. Defensive backs beware.

8 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Dudeanonymous Aug 6, 4:11 p.m.

    Keep on with the disrespect... as the Victory Bell is now painted a man's blue!

    As far as playing NCCU, it's all political. Duke is making renovations to the stadium. In order to get it passed by the city of Durham... well, you unc fans should be able to figure out the rest. Maybe. LOL

  • tBeast Aug 6, 11:22 a.m.

    dook football sure doesn't seem to gather many comments. and even less positive comments.

    I'm... View More

    — Posted by tBeast

    There aren't alot of comments because no one from Duke football is playing or breaking laws and... View More

    — Posted by 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears

    do you think dook can win that opener on 8-31?

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Aug 2, 2:13 p.m.

    dook football sure doesn't seem to gather many comments. and even less positive comments.

    I'm... View More

    — Posted by tBeast

    There aren't alot of comments because no one from Duke football is playing or breaking laws and team rules... I am looking forward to Aug 31st when Duke kicks off the season... Aug 29th UNC/USC, Aug 30th Allman's/Winwood in Raleigh, Aug 31st NCCU/Duke...

  • DurhamDevil Aug 2, 1:53 p.m.

    dook football sure doesn't seem to gather many comments. and even less positive comments.

    I'm... View More

    — Posted by tBeast

    Well, like the old saying goes..if you don't have anything positive to say, then don't say anything at all.

    As a life-long Duke fan, I will always support my team regardless of their performance and/or expectations. I will never be a "fair weather fan".

    Pull for your team without constantly talking smack about your opponents. Of course, that would put WRAL out of business because they get much publicity by letting people spew their venom on these boards.

    GO DEVILS!!!

  • tBeast Aug 2, 1:23 p.m.

    dook football sure doesn't seem to gather many comments. and even less positive comments.

    I'm just sayin'...

  • DurhamDevil Aug 1, 8:01 p.m.

    20th straight year with a losing record, guaranteed.

    — Posted by Dooksucksv8

    So the transient anti-Duke misfit makes an appearance, once again.

    Dude, you REALLY need to get a life and find a home. Your constant negativity is beyond pathetic. But I'm sure you will respond with more of the same because that is all you have.

  • Dooksucksv8 Aug 1, 10:30 a.m.

    20th straight year with a losing record, guaranteed.

  • randdjacobs Aug 1, 9:24 a.m.

    Duke Football Prediction: Winning record this season, bowl game, bowl victory, best recruiting class in 2 decades in the next off-season.

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Tonight at 6:30 on 620am

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
Final
SAC 107
MIL 108
Final
GSW 114
OKC 109
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
UTA
 
7:30pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
MIN
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
POR
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
Final
ORST 90
DEP 59
Final
PAC 69
NEV 65
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
Final
IDAHO 86
WALLA 39
 
Final
UTST 57
CALST 56
 
1:30pm Today
YOUNG
WILB
 
2:00pm Today
TULA
JST
 
6:00pm Tonight
RAD
SIENA
 
7:00pm Tonight
MERC
COOK
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUCK
CASEWEST
 
7:00pm Tonight
LIB
CPNC
 
7:00pm Tonight
SCAR
CLEM
 
7:00pm Tonight
CMICH
CONC
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIAMI
EKENT
 
7:00pm Tonight
GWEBB
HIWASSEE
 
7:00pm Tonight
ODU
MDES
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
NIAG
 
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NCAT
 
7:00pm Tonight
FAM
UNF
 
7:00pm Tonight
NORST
NARZ
 
7:00pm Tonight
DART
NILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
MORE
NKENTUCKY
 
7:00pm Tonight
UCSB
SDCHR
 
7:00pm Tonight
STJ
GAELS
 
7:00pm Tonight
ALA
STILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
HAMP
TENST
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
TENT
 
7:00pm Tonight
WMARY
WSHMD
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLGC
FUR
 
7:30pm Tonight
CALST
SDKST
 
8:00pm Tonight
MTST
CHAT
 
8:00pm Tonight
NDAK
DICKINSON
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAMON
LSUALEX
 
8:00pm Tonight
PRIN
LIP
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAM
MLGN
 
8:00pm Tonight
MINN
SEAT
 
8:00pm Tonight
LOYC
SUTAH
 
8:00pm Tonight
SELA
WINT
 
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
NO
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
ALAAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
TTU
ARKPB
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
COLST
 
9:00pm Tonight
CREI
TXPA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
IDST
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
 
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
Final
SJS 4
EDM 3
Final
LOS 6
STL 4
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
TAM
 
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
ANA
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
NYI
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
BOS
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
DAL
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13