Duke

The Devil's Den: Reminiscing on old times

Posted July 26, 2013

— Training camp is less than two weeks away. Hooray! Before this year’s camp, experienced players for Duke are holding player-led practices to help the new guys adjust as much as possible before camp. Redshirt-senior guard Dave Harding said the new guys are energetic, but they need direction.

“They’re trying to do their best, but you can tell that its out of control,” he said. “Kind of like a baby giraffe trying to walk for the first time. Just flopping all over the place.”

Preseason All-ACC cornerback Ross Cockrell said he tells guys not to overextend themselves and to take it slow over the summer.

“Once camp rolls around, everything is high tempo,” he said. “You can get lost out there. Take it slow right now and when it’s time to crank it up, we will crank it up.”

Redshirt-junior guard Laken Tomlinson said these summer practices will help guys adjust to the Duke way. Guys can learn what coaches expect and the fundamentals they want before training camp.

“It’s trying to skip the learning process for camp and get to playing football,” he said. “When you come in as a freshman, you come in and want to hit somebody. Coaches kind of hold you back and are like, ‘You have to learn how to play football first.’ So we are trying to teach them how to play football first and let them go play.”

When asked about his freshman year, Laken laughed first. He can’t quite remember the song he sang for the team, but it was something by Jamie Foxx and Twista. Dave Harding remembered his.

“I sang a Backstreet Boys song,” he said. “If I remember correctly, I was booed pretty much instantly. We as a freshman offensive line coming in made a pyramid...Teddy Force [an offensive tackle]…was the top of the pyramid. And back then he weighed probably 330.”

“I stole my roommate’s song,” Pre-season All-ACC cornerback Ross Cockrell said with a smile. “It was Donell Jones, ‘Where I Wanna Be.’” Unlike Dave, Ross said he was applauded for his effort. Ross also remembered the first day of camp was a “welcome to college” moment.

“The first practice, we were doing individual drills,” he said. “Our corner drill was we had to backpedal, turn, catch the ball and run back. We’re doing that drill. I dropped the ball, so I had to come back and do 10 up-downs. After [those] 10 up-downs, I was gassed for the rest of practice.”

QB Anthony Boone said he is not a morning person and didn’t always start training camp off on the right foot as a freshman.

“I had to get over learning how to stay awake in meetings,” he said. “You had to get up at 6:30 and get started at 7. I’m passed out, and they’re yelling at me…Then I’m on the field and I don’t know what I’m doing.”

Don’t worry, he said he learned his lesson and now stays awake and alert in those meetings. Now he tells the younger guys to look at team playbooks on iPads outside of team meetings.

With all of the advice the older guys have, the question remains whether the younger guys will listen.

“When we came in as freshman we thought all the guys our age were washed up and salty and bitter and ready to leave,” fifth-year player Dave Harding said and laughed. “I hope they don’t think the same thing about us.”



5 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Newest First
View all
  • Dooksucksv8 Jul 26, 2013

    They should be sent over to K.

  • Hammerhead Jul 26, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Nice!

  • DUKE4EVER Jul 26, 2013

    View quoted thread


    GO DUKE!!

  • Hammerhead Jul 26, 2013

    View quoted thread


    I'm not really a Duke fan, but it was pretty funny.

  • StunGunn Jul 27, 2013

    ^^^^

    Have to admit, I did LOL at that:-)

  • ACTION: Dew Tour

    Tonight at 5:00 on WRAL-TV

  • GOLF: Women's British Open

    Tonight at 11:00 on WRAL-TV

  • Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Haskell

    Tomorrow at 5:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • MLS: Kansas City at Portland

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on FOX50

  • ACTION: Dew Tour

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHRA Sonoma Nationals

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on FOX50

  • OLYMPICS: Kerri Walsh Special

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • GOLF: Women's British Open

    Tomorrow at 11:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Louisville

    Tonight at 6:30 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • NASL: RailHawks at FC Edmonton

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on 1550 The Ticket

MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Seattle 11:20 PT12:20 MT1:20 CT2:20 ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 MST1:20 EST1:50 VEN22:20 UAE1:20 CT
Preview
Chi Cubs 
American League
Baltimore 10:07 PT11:07 MT12:07 CT1:07 ET13:07 ET17:07 GMT1:07 10:07 MST12:07 EST12:37 VEN21:07 UAE12:07 CT
Preview
Toronto 
 
NY Yankees 3:10 PT4:10 MT5:10 CT6:10 ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 MST5:10 EST5:40 VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 CT
Preview
Tampa Bay 
 
Oakland 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Cleveland 
 
Houston 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Detroit 
 
Chi White Sox 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Minnesota 
 
Kansas City 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Texas 
 
Boston 6:05 PT7:05 MT8:05 CT9:05 ET21:05 ET1:05 GMT9:05 6:05 MST8:05 EST8:35 VEN5:05 UAE (+1)8:05 CT
Preview
LA Angels 
National League
Washington 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 CT
Preview
San Francisco 
 
Pittsburgh 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Milwaukee 
 
Philadelphia 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Atlanta 
 
Colorado 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
 
St. Louis 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Miami 
 
Cincinnati 5:40 PT6:40 MT7:40 CT8:40 ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 MST7:40 EST8:10 VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 CT
Preview
San Diego 
 
Arizona 6:10 PT7:10 MT8:10 CT9:10 ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 MST8:10 EST8:40 VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 CT
Preview
LA Dodgers 
 
ATP Scoreboard
Saturday, Jul. 30
Rogers Cup (ATP)
Semifinals
(2) S. Wawrinka 
(3) K. Nishikori 
(1) N. Djokovic 
(10) G. Monfils 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Saturday, Jul. 30
Rogers Cup (WTA)
Semifinals
(2) A. Kerber 
(5) S. Halep 
(10) M. Keys 
K. Kucova