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  Mataeo Durant enters his senior season as the unquestioned leader, not only in Duke's running backs room, but on the offense as a whole. A preseason all-ACC selection, Durant will be a key focus for Duke's co-offensive coordinators, Jeff Faris and Re'quan Boyette, as they look to build a strong offensive team on the foundation set by the running game Durant can help provide. Last season, Durant led Duke with 817 rushing yards while sharing time with Deon Jackson, who is now in the NFL. Durant's 6.8 yards per carry as a junior show he's consistently able to produce. "Mataeo is our best player on our football team so we have to get him the football," Faris said. "He's going to be involved in a lot of what we do."

That said, depth at running back has always been important to Duke's coaching staff. Having a back who can take every third series or so raises the odds of Durant being available for more carries during the season because he'll be healthier. On that point, Duke has sophomores Jaylen Coleman and Jordan Waters behind Durant with a pair of freshmen backs, Jaquez Moore and Trent Davis, with big futures who are adjusting to the college game. "We're talented there," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "I feel good about where we are at running back." - Herald Sun

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