DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke running back Re'quan Boyette, who underwent knee surgery on August 9 and has not seen game action this year, will not play the remainder of the season, Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday. Boyette will have one season of eligibility remaining.
"While we are disappointed that Re'quan will not get on the field this season, we are excited about him returning in 2009," Cutcliffe said. "We are not going to play a young man if he is not ready, and with five games to play, Re'quan is not to the point where he could contribute. What is undeniable is Re'quan's commitment to our program. He has been an outstanding leader for our team."
One of four captains elected by the team this year, Boyette led the Blue Devils in rushing in both 2006 and 2007 and is one of 37 players in Duke football history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau on the ground. He has played in 33 career games with 10 starting assignments, rushing 251 times for 1,072 yards while catching 30 passes for an additional 140 yards.
The Wilson, N.C., native has five career touchdown runs and owns the 10th-longest rush from scrimmage in Duke history with a 78-yard jaunt against Florida State on October 22, 2005.