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Duke's Boyette undergoes knee surgery; out indefinitely

Posted Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Durham, NC - Duke senior running back Re’quan Boyette underwent orthoscopic surgery on his left knee Sunday morning and will be out of action indefinitely, Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe announced.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Claude T. Moorman, Duke’s head team physician and the director of Duke Sports Medicine. Boyette was injured during Duke’s 80-snap situational scrimmage on Saturday evening.

Boyette led the Blue Devils in rushing in each of the past two seasons, and his 1,072 career yards on the ground rank seventh among active players in the ACC. He has played in 33 career games with 10 starting assignments, rushing 251 times for 1,072 yards (4.3 ypc) 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.

"We’re certainly disappointed for Re’quan, but we know that he’ll do everything in his power to return to the field," Cutcliffe said. "We’ll now turn to Clifford Harris for senior leadership at running back and see who among the younger players will step forward and take advantage of this opportunity."

Harris, Boyette’s roommate since their arrival at Duke in 2005, has played in 33 career games with six starts. He has rushed 92 times for 351 yards (3.8 ypc) and one touchdown while hauling in 15 passes for 155 yards. The remainder of the position group includes sophomore Tony Jackson, redshirt freshman Cameron Jones and true freshman Jay Hollingsworth and Patrick Kurunwune. Jackson is a converted defensive back who highlighted the 2008 Spring Game with a 75-yard touchdown run.

Duke opens the season on August 30 at home versus James Madison. Kick-off at Wallace Wade Stadium is set for 7 p.m., and tickets may be purchased online at www.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 877-375-DUKE.

 
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