Duke Tuesday update
A few notes from Duke football coach David Cutcliffe’s Tuesday press conference:
A plan for Boehme
In light of Anthony Boone’s fractured collarbone, Cutcliffe said freshman quarterback Parker Boehme has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart behind new starter Brandon Connette.
That means Boehme is getting half the practice repetitions as he prepares for possible playing time.
While not 100 percent sure yet, Cutcliffe said he is leaning toward getting Boehme some playing time, perhaps as soon as Saturday’s home game with Georgia Tech. Such a move would likely cost Boehme an entire year of eligibility and prevent Duke from redshirting him.
“If you play Parker, obviously, it’s a year,” Cutcliffe said. “I am leaning toward doing that. We’ll see. I want to see how prepared he is. The worst thing you can do to a quarterback is play them before they are ready because it can cost two to three years of confidence. Seriously.”
A new NCAA rule makes the Boehme situation a little more complicated. If Connette’s helmet comes off during play, he must be taken out of the game for the next play. Duke can get around that by calling a timeout or running a ‘Wildcat’ play with no quarterback under center. But Cutcliffe said such a scenario would cause him to do some quick thinking.
If Boehme were ready to play, it could make things easier on everyone.
Cutcliffe said Wednesday’s practice will be telling since it involves more complex work on offense than Tuesday’s practice.
“I thought he had a good day today,” Cutcliffe said. “So we’ll see where he is tomorrow (Wednesday).”
Being Vad Lee
While Boehme is getting ready for his first college snaps, another freshman quarterback is helping Duke in another manner.
Quay Chambers, who arrived at Duke this summer from Monroe, is filling Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee’s role on the Blue Devils scout team in practice this week. Chambers is 6-3 and 215 pounds with breakaway speed. He displayed those talents in a scrimmage last month with a long touchdown run against Duke’s reserve defenders.
The 6-1, 215-pound Lee, a former Hillside High School star from Durham, is Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback this year as a redshirt sophomore. The 2010 N.C. player of the year when he lead the Hornets to the state championship, he completed 7 of 11 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 49 yards and a touchdown when the Yellow Jackets beat Elon 7-0 on Aug. 31.
“Quay is a big fast athletic guy, which is similar to what we’re going to see this weekend” Duke all-ACC cornerback Ross Cockrell said. “He gives us a good look in terms of lowering his shoulder and trying to get extra yards, juking people, faking pitches. I’m excited that Quay is there for us. He is giving us a good look.”
Looking for a win, seeing an old friend
Duke has lost nine consecutive games to Georgia Tech and is 0-5 against the Yellow Jackets since Cutcliffe became the Blue Devils coach in 2008.
Last November, in Atlanta, Duke trailed Georgia Tech 28-24 in the second half and had possession but was unable to score. The Yellow Jackets responded with two more touchdowns and won 42-24 en route to the ACC Coastal Division championship.
Duke’s last win over Georgia Tech came in 2003 when the Blue Devils won 41-17 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke’s coach that day was Ted Roof, who was the Blue Devils interim head coach following Carl Franks’ midseason dismissal.
Roof continued as Duke’s head coach through the 2007 season, posing a 6-45 record. He will return to Durham this weekend as Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator.