Duke RB Shaun Wilson ruled out for key ACC Coastal game vs. UNC

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If Duke is going to keep pace in the ACC Coastal race, it’ll have to do so without a key component in its running game.

In the wild last-second loss to Miami last Saturday, Shaun Wilson sustained what was only described as a lower-leg injury.  Because of that unspecified injury, head coach David Cutcliffe confirmed Thursday, Wilson has been ruled out of this Saturday’s game against North Carolina.

Wilson’s 313 yards rushing are currently second among Blue Devil running backs, behind Shaquille Powell‘s 351.  Quarterback Thomas Sirk leads all Duke players with 481 yards on the ground.

The Blue Devils will also miss Wilson coming out of the backfield in the passing game as the sophomore is fourth on the team in receiving yards with 174 on 14 catches.

Last weekend’s bizarre loss to Miami was Duke’s first in conference play and dropped the Blue Devils to 3-1, a half-game behind North Carolina.  Pittsburgh its Week 10 matchup, a non-conference game against Notre Dame, at 4-1 in the league, with the only loss coming to UNC.  A Blue Devils win would leave the Coastal with a three-way tie exiting the weekend; a loss would hand the Tar Heels what’s essentially a two-game lead over the Panthers and a three-game lead over the Blue Devils with just three conference games remaining.