Duke loses Stone for season

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 03:29 PM

Duke football has absorbed its first major injury of training camp as reserve offensive tackle Tanner Stone is scheduled for ankle surgery on Wednesday.

Duke coach David Cutlciffe said Stone suffered an ankle injury during Monday night’s scrimmage and will be out the entire season.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Cutcliffe said. “Really frustrating for a really fine redshirt freshman offensive lineman prospect. His spirits are good and we’ll all be there to support him and push through a difficult rehabilitation.”

The injury to the 6-6, 290-pound Stone, from Dallas, Texas, complicates Duke’s offensive line plans for this season and 2014.

Stone was the primary backup at right tackle behind redshirt senior Perry Simmons, who enters his fourth season as a starter. Duke planned to get Stone playing experience this season and have him take over as a starter in 2014.

His injury and recovery changes that plan.

In addition to Simmons, Duke also returns starting left tackle Takoby Cofield. Cutcliffe thought he had four tackles capable of performing well in Simmons, Cofield, Stone and redshirt sophomore Carson Ginn.

Cutcliffe mentioned redshirt freshman Casey Blaser, a 6-5, 280-pound player from Charlotte’s South Mecklenburg High School, as someone with a chance to get playing time in games since Stone is injured.

“The loss of Tanner gives us a new problem in the offensive line that we will have to address,” said Cutcliffe, who met with his coaching staff early Tuesday afternoon to discuss options.

The Blue Devils will hit the practice field in full pads at 4:15 p.m.