Boyette Shines In Tuesday Scrimmage

DURHAM, N.C. -- Redshirt senior running back Re'quan Boyette rushed for a pair touchdowns to highlight Duke's 55-play scrimmage on Tuesday night at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Duke's leading rusher in both 2006 and 2007 before missing last season due to injury, Boyette found the end zone from four and 18 yards out and finished with five carries for 39 yards. Redshirt freshman running back Patrick Kurunwune gained a team-high 80 yards on four attempts including a 67-yard scoring scamper.

"You'd like to eliminate the turnover; you'd like to eliminate the dropped touchdown (pass); and you'd like to eliminate the penalty," head coach David Cutcliffe said following the session. "Outside of that there was no obvious thing, and that is a great tribute to our coaches. Our game management on offense with coach (Kurt) Roper and the rest of the offensive staff was as smooth as it could be. The work from coach (Mike) MacIntyre, coach (Marion) Hobby and the entire defense was as good as I've been around.

"My hat is off to our coaches," Cutcliffe continued. "This was as much a test for our coaches as it was our players, and it was well done in that regard. We held out some good football players trying to look at some young players and see where we are, and I think its good that we did that. We have some people in our depth chart that are young and haven't played a lot of football and I wanted them to get the majority of the snaps tonight."

Playing with the first unit as starter Thaddeus Lewis did not dress for the scrimmage, backup quarterback Sean Renfree completed five-of-eight throws for 80 yards and one interception. Renfree opened the scrimmage with completions of 37 and 24 yards to sophomore wide receiver Donovan Varner to set up Boyette's first touchdown run. Rookie Sean Schroeder was 11-of-20 through the air for 76 yards.

Freshman Tyree Glover highlighted the special teams effort with a five-yard return of a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Defensively, redshirt senior defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase was credited with two tackles for loss including one quarterback sack. Freshman cornerback Ross Cockrell posted one interception.

Along with Lewis, projected starters that did not participate in the scrimmage included senior linebacker Vincent Rey, junior linebacker Damian Thornton and sophomore wide receiver Johnny Williams.

Duke opens the 2009 season at home against Richmond on September 5. Kickoff at Wallace Wade Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Season and single-game tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-DUKE.

Passing: Sean Renfree 5-8, 80 yards; Sean Schroder 11-20, 76 yards; 1 INT
Rushing: Patrick Kurunwune 4-80; Re'quan Boyette 5-39
Receiving: Desmond Scott 4-13; Tony Foster 3-39; Donovan Varner 2-61

SCORING SUMMARY Re'quan Boyette 4 run (Will Snyderwine kick)
Re'quan Boyette 18 run (Will Snyderwine kick)
Tyree Glover 5 blocked punt return (Will Snyderwine kick)
Patrick Kurunwune (Sean Renfree pass failed)

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