Another Duke reserve tackle injured

Aug. 14, 2013 @ 07:54 PM

Duke has another concern along its offensive line.

One day after announcing that reserve tackle Tanner Stone would miss the season with an ankle injury, the Blue Devils learned that reserve tackle Casey Blaser will need surgery on his right hand that will sideline him for an unknown amount of time.

Stone, a redshirt freshman from Dallas, Texas, broke his right ankle during Duke’s scrimmage Monday at Wallace Wade Stadium. He was considered one of Duke’s top four offensive tackles.

Stone had surgery to repair the injury on Wednesday.

During Tuesday’s practice, Blaser suffered a broken right hand. He will have surgery on Thursday. Also a redshirt freshman, Blaser is a player coach David Cutcliffe had hoped would make up for Stone’s loss. Duke did not list a timetable for Blaser's return.

As a counter to the eroding depth along the offensive line, Cutcliffe announced Wednesday that Sam Marshall, a redshirt sophomore, will shift from defensive line to offensive tackle. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Marshall played in seven games on defense last season.

As part of the move, Marshall will now wear No. 75. Freshman defensive tackle Mike Ramsay, who had been wearing No. 75, will take the No. 99 jersey that Marshall had been wearing.

Duke returns its starting tackles from last season in Perry Simmons and Takoby Cofield. Carson Ginn is the top reserve tackle who has yet to suffer an injury so far.