QBs Shine In Spring's First Scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. -- Quarterbacks Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree combined to complete 17-of-29 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown to highlight Duke's 50-play football scrimmage on Saturday morning at Brooks Field.

"We had a lot of intensity today," said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe following the scrimmage. "Thad Lewis and Sean Renfree were both very, very efficient. I was disappointed that we dropped the football in the passing game. Thad made some unbelievable throws. It's disappointing because we would have thought, as a staff, that we're further along. I thought the defense tackled well. I was really proud of our defensive front. The play along the line of scrimmage was crisp. It looked like real football.

"What a difference a year makes," Cutcliffe continued. "A year ago I would go back into my office take about an hour shower to recover emotionally and today I think I can be a little normal. It did look like football out here."

Lewis was 10-of-20 through the air for 109 yards including a 42-yard scoring strike to Donovan Varner. Renfree completed seven-of-nine throws for 39 yards. Running back Cameron Jones led all receivers with five catches for 31 yards while wideouts Sheldon Bell, Matt Pridemore and Preston Scott had two receptions apiece.

Patrick Kurunwune paced the Blue Devil ground attack with 23 yards on seven attempts including a one-yard touchdown plunge.

"We'll look at the tape," said Cutcliffe. "It's never as good as you think and never as bad as you think. We'll learn from it."

Saturday's session marked the seventh of 15 practices for Duke this spring. The annual Spring Game will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m., in Wallace Wade Stadium.

Duke opens the 2009 season at home versus Richmond on September 5. Tickets are available by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-DUKE or by logging on to GoDuke.com.

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