This comes as a surprise, considering that he was the most improved defensive lineman during spring practice. As a backup to Trey Tate, McDuffie was expected to see plenty of playing time.
Last season, McDuffie played in 10 games, during which he had 12 tackles in 128 plays.
"He looked good," Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said. "We've got too many young guys that we need to look at and we felt right now as far as evaluation we needed to look at some younger guys. We've seen him and have a good idea. We need to see (Jacquez) McKissic more; we need to see Dorell Scott, who was hurt; we need to see Rashaad Jackson. We need to evaluate those guys. If we ever got an injury, we could put him back."
The move comes after some issues with the tackles on offense. Marion Dukes has had an up-and-down camp, so Tim DeBeer was moved as backup to Barry Richardson at left tackle to right tackle, where he'll compete with Dukes.
It's not clear yet whether McDuffie will go to left tackle, with DeBeer staying at right, or if he'll move to right, with DeBeer going back to left.
Fry to miss scrimmage
Center Dustin Fry, who has been battling hamstring problems for nearly a week, will not play in Saturday's scrimmage, according to offensive line coach Brad Scott. But Bowden doesn't seem to be concerned.
"Some of them (can linger), but it's usually for skill guys," he said. "That's an unskilled position. The skills guys, I've seen them last a long time, especially at some positions. But Dustin isn't a skill guy."
Roman Fry will get the start at center should Dustin Fry sit out as expected.
Also, lineman Bobby Hutchinson is expected to miss Saturday's scrimmage due to a sprained ankle he suffered Wednesday. He didn't practice in either of the two practices on Friday.
"It's been a blessing in disguise because it forces you to look at some pretty young guys," Bowden said. "It forces you to do something that you probably wouldn't be doing. I think we'll have a lot better evaluation when redshirt discussion comes up. That's the good out of it."
McDuffie Moves To Offense
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