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DURHAM, N.C. - For Duke, the spring game is a misnomer.

The Blue Devils got an early start on working on the defense of their ACC Coastal Division title and will wrap up spring practice before most other schools start.

Duke plays its spring game Saturday - nearly three weeks before the actual start of spring.

It hasn't even been two months since the Blue Devils wrapped up the winningest season in school history with a last-minute loss to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.Change-of-pace quarterback Brandon Connette said Thursday that starting so early "felt like we were picking up from bowl practice, almost."The early start also means a longer-than-usual break of five months between the spring game and the start of preseason practice in August.

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