Last season it was evident that the Duke Blue Devils missed Jamison Crowder. The entire passing attack took a hit without Crowder, who had caught 85 passes for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. While he was making an impression as a slot receiver with the Washington Redskins in the NFL, the Blue Devils were struggling to be consistent in the passing game. Those struggles could disappear in the near future after Duke signed four-star wide receiver recruit Scott Bracey.
Bracey could be the receiver the Duke offense needs to get back into the national picture. He is a big, physical receiver at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds which should give him an edge in red zone battles and jump balls. He should, at the very least, be a more than competent replacement for Max McCaffrey, last year’s leading wide receiver, who graduated.
According to all reports on Bracey, he isn’t a burner but possesses decent speed and is very hard to tackle when he gets going. He could be a threat in a similar way to Crowder in the offense, but where Crowder was shifty after the catch Bracey figures to be a bit more powerful.
It might not be fair to compare a high school recruit to one of the school’s best wide receivers in history, but Bracey does have that kind of ability. It will be up to him to realize his potential and for head coach David Cutcliffe to help make sure Bracey is the best he can be.
The athleticism, talent and smarts are there as he played some quarterback in high school as well as receiver. Duke might have nabbed themselves a potential game-changer on offense, something they really lacked a year ago.