Duke has announced the dismissals of three prominent players from the program.
WR Johnell Barnes, WR Terrence Alls, and LB Chris Holmes have been removed from the Duke Football program effective immediately. The news was announced by head coach David Cutcliffe at his Tuesday press conference.
“It had reached a point where it was in their best interest and the program’s best interest to move forward somewhere else,” said Cutcliffe.
Full University Press Release:
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Tuesday the dismissal of three players – wide receiver Terrence Alls, wide receiver Johnell Barnes and linebacker Chris Holmes – from the program.
“This is, without doubt, the most difficult thing teams and coaches face. This is not a reaction to anything that has occurred during the last couple weeks. This has been something that we have worked very hard with these young men to continue to understand what's expected of them," Cutcliffe said. "We have standards in this program that we’re committed to. When we’re recruiting, we let them and their parents know these things. We’re responsible to the parents and the players we have here currently. We’re going to uphold those standards and work with everybody we can to give people opportunities to be successful.
“With this circumstance, it had reached a point where it was in their best interest, and certainly the program’s best interest, to move forward somewhere else,” Cutcliffe continued. “We appreciate and thank them for their contributions to the program. We wish them well in whatever they choose to do. I will not go into any other details about this issue.”
Alls, a 6-1, 190-pound redshirt sophomore from Miami Gardens, Fla., appeared in four games this season following a six-game suspension to open the campaign and caught six passes for 56 yards. In 17 career games, he recorded eight receptions for 70 yards.
Barnes, a 6-0, 170-pound junior from Lehigh Acres, Fla., was second on the team in both pass receptions (34) and receiving yards (411) through 10 games this fall and had a pair of touchdown catches. In 35 career games, he caught 72 passes for 865 yards and three touchdowns, returned 15 kickoffs for 355 yards and took back one punt for five yards.
Holmes, a 6-2, 215-pound redshirt sophomore from Fredericksburg, Va., saw action in six games this season while registering four tackles including one tackle for loss. In 19 career games, he posted 34 total tackles.
Duke (6-4, 3-3 ACC) travels to face Virginia (3-7, 2-4 ACC) this Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.