Monday, April 14, 2008

Boyette sparkles in Duke scrimmage

The past three seasons haven't been especially kind to Duke football.

The Blue Devils have won exactly two games while losing 33.

But with new head coach David Cutcliffe taking over for Ted Roof, there is fresh hope in Durham. Perhaps there is also a chance for senior Re'quan Boyette to recapture some of the glory he experienced as a star running back at Fike High School.

Boyette is certainly off to a good start as he ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 90-snap scrimmage in Wallace Wade Stadium. Boyette, the 2004-05 Wilson Daily Times Athlete of the Year, peeled off a 65-yard scoring jaunt and averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

He has led Duke in rushing the past two last fall and has accumulated 1,072 yards in his three seasons — almost half of what he piled up in his senior season with the Golden Demons in 2004.

I remember Re'quan's 78-yard run to the end zone as a freshman against Florida State in 2005. It remains the 10th-longest scoring dash in Duke football history. Maybe with a new offensive system under Cutcliffe, Boyette will have a chance to show his speed more than he has the past few years.

The Blue Devils' conclude spring practice with the Spring Game on Saturday in Wallace Wade. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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