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August 16, 2013

Playoff dreams for Drake

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"We always try to pursue a championship and our team is really hungry to prove that it's a program and not just a team," Creighton said at media day. "Even though we lost some incredibly talented players, our guys want to prove that we'll be in the title fight every year and that it's not just a few individual players, but that it's a team."

Duwe certainly fits that mold.

After redshirting his freshman year, Duwe found several ways to contribute a year ago and saw action in all 11 games. He saw spot duty at cornerback before starting the final seven games, and he used his athleticism and toughness on the kickoff and punt teams.

Duwe registered 32 tackles, including three for losses and tied for the team lead with a pair of interceptions. He added four pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. College Sports Madness named him its Pioneer League defensive player of the week after he contributed an interception, forced fumble and eight tackles (seven solo) in a victory over San Diego.

"I'm not taking anything for granted, because our (cornerback) position is so competitive, and we have so many great athletes competing for playing time," Duwe said. "That's the way I like it. There's no time to relax in practice, because there's always someone pushing you. We really work well off each other.

"You have to work hard and take advantage of your opportunities in camp. Then, you just let everything play out. The great thing about this team is everybody is willing to do whatever it takes to win."

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