February 26, 2024

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Notable Duke Athletes Absent from Birmingham Bowl Matchup with Troy

Duke had a successful 2023 season led by Mike Elko, but they will be facing Troy in the Birmingham Bowl without several key players. Quarterback Riley Leonard, running back Jordan Waters, defensive back Brandon Johnson, linebacker Dorian Mausi, and several others have entered the transfer portal and will not be playing in the upcoming bowl game. Their decision to transfer comes after the departure of coach Mike Elko, who transformed the struggling Blue Devils into a competitive force in the ACC. The team’s strong performance in recent years has attracted attention from top players, but their absence in the Birmingham Bowl will undoubtedly impact Duke’s chances of winning.