DURHAM, N.C. –Quarterbacks Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree and Sean Schroeder combined to complete 23-of-39 passes for 231 yards to highlight Duke’s 60-play scrimmage on Saturday morning at the Brooks Practice Field on campus.
“We did a lot of good things out there today,” Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe said following the session. “Of course I am anxious to see the tape, but I thought we had some guys make plays on both sides of the ball. We were able to get the young players a lot of work as we continue to evaluate their status.”
Lewis, a three-year starter and second team All-ACC choice a year ago, hit on nine-of-18 throws for 96 yards while Renfree, a redshirt freshman, was 11-of-18 through the air for 120 yards including a 17-yard touchdown strike to freshman wide receiver Conner Vernon.
Vernon and fellow rookie Tyree Watkins led the receiving unit with four receptions apiece for 44 and 43 yards, respectively.
Sophomore Johnny Williams added three grabs for 30 yards. On the ground, redshirt freshman Patrick Kurunwune had five attempts for 24 yards while freshman Desmond Scott carried the ball eight times for 20 yards.
Redshirt senior Re’quan Boyette, Duke’s leading rusher in both 2006 and 2007 who missed last year due to injury, had five rushes for 15 yards including a one-yard touchdown.
Defensively, redshirt junior defensive end Jeremy Ringfield posted one interception and one quarterback sack while senior linebacker Vincent Rey and sophomore safety Matt Daniels each registered one tackle for loss.
Duke opens the 2009 season at home against Richmond on September 5. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Tickets may be purchased online at www.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-DUKE.
SCRIMMAGE STATISTICAL LEADERS
Rushing: Patrick Kurunwune 5-24; Desmond Scott 8-20; Re’quan Boyette 5-15
Passing: Sean Renfree 11-18, 120 yards, 1 TD; Thaddeus Lewis 9-18, 96 yards, 1 INT
Receiving: Conner Vernon 4-44; Tyree Watkins 4-43; Johnny Williams 3-30; Danny Parker 2-52; Austin Kelly 2-11; Desmond Scott 2-11
Re’quan Boyette 1 run (Will Snyderwine kick)
Paul Asack 41 FG
Conner Vernon 17 pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick)