Running Game Highlights Scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. -- Running backs Jay Hollingsworth, Tony Jackson and Patrick Kurunwune combined to rush for 179 yards to highlight Duke's 80-snap scrimmage on Saturday morning at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Jackson led the unit with 71 yards on 13 carries while Kurunwune added 62 yards on 11 attempts. Hollingsworth picked up 46 yards on 13 rushes and added a one-yard touchdown run.

"We absolutely accomplished what we wanted," said head coach David Cutcliffe. "We really limited our defense not knowing who is in the stands and we limited our offense some in the passing game. We more strictly limited our defense. It was good for us to find out some things when we are playing straight and how we hold up. I thought the effort was really good. I thought we were pretty crisp throwing and catching the ball. You can see a big difference. Both lines of scrimmage were physical with a lot of crisp hits. I think we got a lot out of this.

"The offense certainly did what they were supposed to do," added Cutcliffe. "When you limit the defensive scheme then they should respond offensively. The good part is they did. Our defense responded and did some good things in spite of not using but a fourth of what their defensive package is."

Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis hit on six-of-12 throws for 69 yards including an eight-yard scoring strike to Raphael Chestnut. Zack Asack completed nine-of-16 pass attempts for 75 yards. Sheldon Bell led all receivers with four catches for 23 yards while Jeremy Ringfield and Johnny Williams had two grabs for 38 and 37 yards, respectively.

Defensively, Trent Mackey, Eddie Morgan and Clifford Respress each posted one tackle for loss. The kicking game included field goals by Nick Snyderwine (26 yards) and Joe Surgan (24 yards).

Duke's annual Meet The Blue Devils Day followed the scrimmage.

The Blue Devils open the season on August 30 at home versus James Madison. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at www.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 877-375-DUKE.


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