Sun. Dec 4th, 2022

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DURHAM – Duke soccer head coach Mike Elko met with members of the media on Monday afternoon for his weekly press convention.

The Blue Devils welcome Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon for a midday kick. The sport will probably be broadcast on RSN with Evan Lepler, Dave Archer, and Rebecca Fiorentino on the decision. The sport may also be heard on the Blue Satan Sports activities Community from LEARFIELD by the Varsity app or


Mike Elko Duke Soccer Head Coach

(Ref.: Opening Assertion)

“First, clearly a giant win for our program. For us to get six in yr one and as early as we did is actually a credit score to lots of people. We talked about this within the post-game press convention, however simply the dedication from the College and the dedication of our children and our coaches to get this program reinvested again into soccer and getting again to Bowl video games is essential. Actually excited for our guys. Actually excited that this season goes to proceed and prolong and now it is essential for us to go and end it the best approach.


“Recapping the Boston Faculty sport, I assumed offensively we did a extremely good job being environment friendly within the purple zone. I assumed that was essential within the sport. I assumed we began quick once more and that was actually essential. I believe getting up 24-7 within the first half actually sort of set the tone after which actually sort of sustained it by the third quarter. Just a bit disenchanted with how we completed. I assumed we might completed video games within the fourth quarter slightly bit higher than that, and we did not actually end the way in which I needed to. So clearly that’ll be a problem for us shifting ahead to get that cleaned up. I assumed defensively, it was an attention-grabbing sport as a result of there was loads of hit and miss stuff. We had extra three-and-outs in that sport than we had in any sport previous to that. The drives that weren’t three-and-out appear to finish up in touchdowns. We have got to determine nonetheless how one can clear up a few of the lack of execution that we’ve got and a few of the errors that allowed them to get going. Clearly, credit score to Boston Faculty. I do assume [Emmett] Morehead performed a extremely good sport and made some essential throws at some essential instances and their children actually made some contested catches and made performs for these guys. Then once more, a testomony to our protection although, as a result of within the fourth quarter, after we actually wanted them, we received it. We received three-straight stops and I assumed that was essential. I assumed the 2 sacks within the fourth quarter have been big. I assumed we have been in a position to put the sport on ice and people have been essential performs of the sport offensively.


“Jack Burns was our offensive participant of the sport, and I believe once more, one other time we ran for 200 yards and that simply continues to be a staple of our offense. That is superior. Darius Joiner was our defensive participant of the sport. He is a child that is actually introduced loads of stability to our secondary, continues to be extraordinarily productive for us week in and week out. On particular groups, Tre Freeman was our particular crew’s participant of the week and Tre performed with unbelievable effort, was a distinction maker on kickoff, was a distinction maker on punt, actually did a pleasant job for us on groups all night time and so completely happy for Tre and completely happy that he is in a position to do this.


“As we flip the web page and head into this week in opposition to Virginia Tech, clearly a historic program and one of many identify manufacturers on this convention. It has been a very long time since we have crushed this crew in Durham, and clearly that’ll be a problem for us. Brent Pry, recognized him for a very long time, spent loads of time with him speaking soccer again after we have been each defensive coordinators. Brent does a extremely good job. He is received that protection enjoying at a extremely good stage proper now. They have loads of seniors. They’re very twitchy, they’re very athletic, they’re very disruptive. They blitz most likely greater than any protection that we have seen thus far this yr. So, they are going to create loads of issues for us that we’ll need to do a extremely good job dealing with. Offensively, I believe they’ve began to get into their rhythm slightly bit the final three weeks. I believe they’ve actually began to sort of kind an id. I assumed they’ve actually sort of gotten behind themselves. I believe it begins with their offensive line. They have a extremely gifted group. Kaleb Smith on the surface does a very nice job of creating explosive performs. After which Nick Gallo, the tight finish actually jumps off on movie. We all know that is going to be a problem. They’ve misplaced their final three video games by a mixed eight factors. They’re actually hungry to get again within the win column. They seem to be a very proud program. Similar to what we talked about final week, this crew goes to return out and they are going to give us their best possible. We’ll have to be at our greatest to have an opportunity.”


(Ref.: On if the crew is glad with six wins and a Bowl look)

“We preserve wanting to search out the time when this group just isn’t going to indicate up and till they show me unsuitable, they preserve exhibiting up. There’s not loads of groups within the month of November which have loads to play for. We’re nonetheless enjoying for a nine-win season. We’re nonetheless enjoying with an outdoor probability on the coastal, however actually a legit probability on the second-place spot in it, a greater Bowl alternative, a greater Bowl journey. There’s loads on the road for us and there is not loads of groups within the nation that may say that proper now. Once you get into that spot the place you get into the month of November, I believe it’s important that you simply exit each week and also you reap the benefits of these alternatives. I believe our children are hungry to do this. Such as you talked about, we have to enhance execution.”


(Ref.: On not forcing any turnovers this previous weekend and nonetheless successful)

“It is humorous although, as a result of I believe that turns into extra of a pattern than you assume typically once they do a extremely good job of defending the brand new starter. I have been by loads of video games as a defensive coordinator the place it would not end up such as you assume it does with the first-time starter as a result of you recognize, they make it straightforward, they make it one learn, the ball both goes up excessive out of bounds or it goes as much as their man. They do not put it in danger. They did not throw very many balls over the center. They did not throw very many RPOs. They did not do loads of issues for him to danger the soccer. I did not see it as a sport the place, we weren’t overly disruptive. We did not play the ball properly within the air. There have been too many instances the place there have been one on one alternatives that they got here down with, and we did not. I believe that is why they have been in a position to have success and extra so than we needed. I do not know that essentially. I watched the movie and noticed loads of alternatives turnover sensible that we did not reap the benefits of. We talked final week about this crew enjoying significant video games in November for the primary time shortly.”


(Ref.: On not ending the sport the way in which he needed and constructing on that)

“Yeah, for positive. , once more, to not be misplaced on the event of this system, for us to play a street sport within the ACC within the month of November, not likely play our greatest and are available away with a victory that was a comparatively snug victory. That is a credit score to how far we have are available a really brief time period for positive. I believe the youngsters are hungry. It’d even have been slightly little bit of tightness, to be trustworthy with you, get into that second and so they know what they have been enjoying for. You attempt to not speak about it. You attempt to not make it a giant deal. These children understand how essential six was and also you perhaps even felt that slightly bit on the sideline at instances.”


(Ref.: On if the tightness of successful six video games is gone)

“It is most likely gone now. Hopefully, that is previous us and I believe our children are completely happy to be residence. It is nice to be again residence. It has been 4 weeks since we have a possibility to play right here. Hopefully we get the scholar turnout, we get the followers again out within the stadium and get a fantastic environment Saturday afternoon, and I believe they’re simply excited to return again out and play once more.”


(Ref.: On how the offensive line continues the following up mentality)

 “I believe it’s important. Clearly, depth is vastly essential for you as you undergo your season and also you attempt to put your self in place and we’ll want it once more. I failed to say at the beginning, however Jacob Monk skilled a decrease leg harm and so he isn’t going to be obtainable for the remainder of the season both. So now we’ll must get depth once more, however that is faculty soccer. You may sit right here and you’ll speak about all of the issues you do not have and all the issues you will have, however all people has them. I imply, guys have accidents. Everybody’s received them throughout the board. We speak about it once more. These issues are circumstances and we’ll be outlined by how we reply to circumstances, not by what occurs. It’s going to be the following man up.”


(Ref.: On how the additional Bowl practices improve this system for the higher)

“I believe it is essential for all of our younger guys. Once you get into Bowl prep, you wish to be actually good since you need it to be a reward, proper? The one factor you do not wish to do is you do not wish to bury a man who’s performed 5,000 snaps over the course of the season with 15 extra practices as a result of, you recognize, he is you want, ‘what reward am I truly getting?’ However there’s loads of younger children in our program that have not performed loads however have not gotten the chance. Whether or not it is the fellows which might be redshirt and or, the following guys within the sport and there is loads of guys that must play loads of soccer in order that when their quantity is known as, whether or not it is within the Bowl sport or subsequent season, they’re additional alongside and so they’re able to go. I believe while you get into that preparation, I believe that is the balancing act that you will attempt to play is to ensure you get nearly an additional spring ball for the fellows who’ve been on scout crew all fall or the fellows who have not actually gotten the reps, but in addition ensuring that the fellows who’ve performed loads, do not feel as if, they’re getting thrust into an entire different bodily battle that they do not actually essentially wish to be a part of proper now.”


(Ref.: On the place the offensive line stands after Jacob Monk’s harm)

“[Justin] Pickett goes in and he turns into a starter which once more you recognize clearly you do not wish to lose anyone. Decide has been on the market, and he is been enjoying, and we have been prepping for this. In order that a part of will probably be good and now the following guys up grow to be Brian Foley, Caleb Perez and Addison Penn. I believe these three, relying on what the state of affairs is, may very well be the following man within the sport. So these guys received to get themselves able to go and so they received to get themselves ready to the place if their quantity will get known as, they have to be prepared, you recognize? That is why we apply the way in which we do. We run loads of reps in apply. We run loads of reps throughout the apply week. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we cut up it very evenly between those and twos. We’re most likely a 55 or 45 proportion rotation group, and each teams take good reps in opposition to the protection. You must be prepared. You may’t put a bunch on the shelf for six weeks and anticipate to mud them off while you want them. These children have all been enjoying loads of soccer behind the scenes. Now we have simply received to get them able to exit on the sphere and prepare to do it.”


(Ref.: On Cam Dillon’s progress this season)

“I believe every week he is getting increasingly snug, and I believe he is getting increasingly in rhythm. I believe at first of the yr, he was sort of in additional of a restricted position after which Dorian [Mausi] went down, and Cam needed to step up. We felt like he did a extremely good job when he stepped up. Then they’ve sort of been splitting slightly bit since Dorian’s return. I simply assume Cam simply retains getting higher and it is nothing in opposition to Dorian as a result of he continues to be a giant a part of what we’re doing. I simply assume Cam is simply persevering with to develop and get higher each sport. So, yeah, completely happy for him that he went on the market and performed the way in which he did. I believe it is actually two video games in a row the place he is been an especially productive linebacker for us.”


(Ref.: On the well being of the secondary and the youthful guys enjoying)

“Yeah, I believe it is a mixture. I believe, clearly Chandler Rivers is a child who’s persevering with to develop. So he is sort of gotten himself solidified on the subject nook spot after which, Speedy, he began into the boundary. So, he is been banged up slightly bit and we received him again wholesome. He went on the market into the boundary after which simply as the sport went on, slightly little bit of it was rotation, slightly little bit of it was the peak of [Joseph] Griffin. That was one factor that sort of involved us slightly bit as we received into it. He actually wasn’t a mainstay of what they have been doing. That was one factor that sort of received unleashed slightly bit throughout the sport, and so it was slightly little bit of match-up pushed. Then I believe slightly bit as the sport went on. So then after we go six DBs, Chandler goes into nickel after which that places two corners on the sphere. Then I believe he began seeing Speedy slightly bit to the sphere with Tony [Davis] or Josh [Pickett], after which that simply sort of expanded what number of have been on the market enjoying. I believe in an excellent world, you rotate slightly bit lower than we’re, however we’re simply looking for some solutions proper now.”


(Ref.: On what the Bowl sport eligibility means to him)

“Most likely slightly bit lower than it does for the gamers, to be trustworthy. I imply, it means loads to me that they imagine in what we’re doing and that is essential. That is the one factor that I preserve drawing again on. All of our success at this level is admittedly for them. They deserve it. They’re those which have put within the work and so they deserve all of the accolades and all of the credit score they’re getting. What I get might be just a bit little bit of pleasure in the truth that they’re shopping for into what we’re doing and the truth that they imagine in what we’re doing and the route that this program goes and the place we’re headed, that to me is what I take from it, you recognize, and clearly I am excited to go to a Bowl. I do not wish to say that I am not. However you need it to be in regards to the gamers. They’re those who actually deserve it. They put the work in.”


(Ref.: On how happy he has been with the clock administration this season)

“No, I used to be pleased with it. The factor I wasn’t completely happy was simply we could not maintain drives within the fourth quarter. That was the most important factor that we talked to the fellows about was, there have been a number of alternatives the place we went on the market within the fourth quarter with a lead. You look again to the Virginia sport the place we went on the market and we put collectively a seven-and-half-minute drive. We weren’t in a position to actually put collectively sequences, and that was most likely the factor that was most disappointing. Every play is, while you return and watch the movie, it is all the time slightly bit off. It is not like this evident drawback, however you will have slightly little bit of a bust right here, slightly little bit of a miss right here. Subsequent factor you recognize, you are punting, and you recognize you are not taking time without work the clock. So, I assumed we managed it properly. We have been snapping it underneath 5 the entire fourth quarter. I assumed we managed the time properly. We simply could not convert first downs and keep on the sphere and so that is the problem we laid out to them shifting ahead.”


(Ref.: On controlling the move rush of Virginia Tech)

“Yeah, most likely related. I believe you draw some similarities to it, you recognize, completely different personnel, completely different blitzes, however similarities, yeah. It is most likely the final crew that we performed that blitzes like that is most likely Georgia Tech. So, I do not know that you simply essentially draw again to the Georgia Tech sport, however clearly our children are conscious that we have to deal with the blitz sport and we’ll need to do it actually successfully to have success on Saturday.”


(Ref.: On the expertise and poise that Darius Joiner performs with)

“Yeah, you recognize, it is attention-grabbing. We have been very fortunate. One of many mysteries of the switch portal is chemistry, proper? That is the one factor. All people who thinks this is rather like, you go to the yard sale, you purchase no matter you need, and it simply fills in, matches in your own home and it is all good. It is not how the switch portal works. We tried to be very selective with who we took from a personality standpoint and a efficiency standpoint. You try this loads and you do not all the time get it proper. We received it proper. We introduced in seven children and all seven of them have been productive gamers for positive, however nice children in our locker room. They’ve introduced management worth, they’ve introduced expertise, they slot in like you do not see patches, like, oh, there’s our transfers and there is our crew, you recognize, all of them slot in collectively. That a part of it has been nice and Darius has been a giant piece of it. You see him and Jaylen Stinson getting collectively, and you recognize, Darius has performed much more soccer than Jaylen has. So, it is a man with slightly little bit of an older information base and speaking about sport planning and preparation. Jaylen clearly has had a extremely good yr for us too and is extraordinarily productive in his personal proper. It is simply good so as to add slightly little bit of that have and depth to this system.”




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