DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Monday that Scottie Montgomery will change his title to The Baxter Family Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator while switching from coaching the wide receivers to quarterbacks. Montgomery also will become the primary gameday play-caller for Duke’s offensive unit in 2014.
Montgomery returned to the Duke staff in February, 2013 after three seasons (2010-11-12) as an assistant coach with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season, he served as The Baxter Family Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Passing Game while mentoring Duke’s wide receivers. Montgomery, an All-ACC wide receiver for the Blue Devils during his playing days (1996-99), had previously served as a Duke assistant coach from 2006-09 under both Cutcliffe and former head coach Ted Roof.
“Scottie Montgomery is the person I had the most confidence in as I looked at all of the potential candidates,” Cutcliffe said. “We have a systematic approach. People don’t understand how much the system and the way we practice applies to who we are. Scottie was with us as a very young coach early on, but boy did he buy into to how we coach and practice. And I think he took a lot of that to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that he’s back, he’s grown and he’s become such a great football coach. Scottie and I have had hours and hours of conversation, and he’s been in our system two different times, been away a little while, so there’s a little spice involved with him coming back with thoughts that can add to what we’re doing.”
Duke’s offense enjoyed success in 2013 as the Blue Devils ranked among the ACC leaders in scoring (5th; 32.8 ppg), total offense (4th; 426.1 ypg), rushing offense (5th; 178.0 ypg) and passing offense (6th; 248.1 ypg). Duke brings back 20 offensive lettermen from last year’s unit that set school single-season records for total offensive yards (5,966), total points (459) and total touchdowns (60). The 2013 group also became the first squad in Duke history to register 25-plus rushing touchdowns and 25-plus passing touchdowns in the same season.
In 2014, Duke’s offense returns eight starters including first team All-ACC picks in wide receiver Jamison Crowder and offensive guard Laken Tomlinson. Crowder posted the most prolific campaign in school history last fall with an ACC single-season record 108 pass receptions for 1,330 yards while scoring 11 total touchdowns. In addition, the quarterback duo of Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette also returns after the two rising seniors combined to complete 296-of-467 (.634) pass attempts for 3,472 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for an additional 551 yards and 19 touchdowns.
The Blue Devils won a school record 10 games last season against four defeats, captured the ACC’s Coastal Division championship and appeared in the 46th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M in Atlanta, Ga.