August 28, 2007

Edsall not emphasizing Duke streak

STORRS, Conn. - Center Keith Gray took a second Tuesday afternoon to ponder what it meant for Duke to enter this weekend's contest with a 20-game losing streak.

After all, it appeared to be the first time Gray heard about the slide.

"Really, this is the first time I've heard of it," Gray said at the team's first media luncheon of the year. "I really didn't know about their current losing streak."

The Huskies will aim to increase that streak of ignominy to 21 when they travel to Durham, N.C. this Saturday for a season-opening match-up against the Blue Devils. Not only has Duke strung together a series of losses, the lack of success is even more impressive given that the team has not won a game since Sept. 17, 2005, when they defeated Division I-AA opponent VMI at home.

To further extend the shame, Duke has not won a game against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent since toppling Clemson, 16-13, on Nov. 13, 2004, is 3-31 in its past 34 games, and head coach Ted Roof is just 5-34 as the head coach of the Blue Devils since taking over with five games left in the 2003 season.

But rather than emphasize that point - and potentially set the Huskies up for unbearable shame and disappointment should the team take the loss Saturday - head coach Randy Edsall and the coaching staff has refused to key the players in on the streak.

"It's about us going down and learning the game plan and knowing what we want to do, and then to go out and execute what we have in there," Edsall said.

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