Spring Practice: First Scrimmage Report

Quarterback Mike Schneider completed 15-of-23 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns to highlight Duke's 110-play football scrimmage on Saturday morning.

After hitting on three of his first seven throws, Schneider found a groove and completed 10 of his next 11 attempts including a 37-yard strike to Calen Powell. Both of Schneider's touchdown passes came in the red zone portion of Saturday's scrimmage as he found Powell for a four-yard scoring toss and Deon Adams on a seven-yard touchdown pass. Curt Dukes completed six-of-11 passing attempts for 56 yards.

Powell finished the day with a team-best five receptions for 59 yards while Ben Patrick hauled in four passes for 28 yards. Adams and Lance Johnson each had three catches for 37 yards. Aaron Fryer highlighted the ground attack with three rushing touchdowns while Cedric Dargan and John-Paul Kimbrough each scored once.

"We had some guys step up on offense today," head coach Ted Roof said following the scrimmage. "Our offensive line is understanding what to do and I've been pleased with the improvement there. We have a long way to go, but we're continuing to grow as a unit."

The Blue Devil defense was led by Orrin Thompson, who was credited for four tackles, one quarterback sack and a pair of pass breakups. John Talley registered the day's only interception.

"I was real pleased with our third down situations on defense," Roof said. "Guys made some plays to get us off the field, and third down is such a critical part of the game. I also thought we rushed the passer well.

"It is hard to believe spring practice is half over," Roof continued. "This is a stepping stone, and we're laying a positive foundation. We must continue to eliminate mistakes because we just can't afford to beat ourselves. Right now we're looking for consistency."

Duke will return to the practice field on Monday. The Blue Devils open the 2004 season at Navy on September 4.

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