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Renfree shines, receivers hurt in Duke scrimmage

DURHAM – Duke coach David Cutcliffe was pleased with the play of new starting quarterback Sean Renfree during the team’s first scrimmage Monday night, particularly considering he was without some of his better receivers.
Starter Donovan Varner, a first-team All-ACC wideout last season, was on the sidelines in a black “do not hit” jersey because of a hamstring injury.

Duke notes: Renfree feeling good after first practice

DURHAM -- No Duke player was more eager to start fall practice Monday night than quarterback Sean Renfree, who tore his ACL last November and had to sit out spring drills while he rehabbed. Coach David Cutcliffe was impressed with how the sophomore – who must replace four-year starter Thad Lewis -- threw the ball and managed the offense during his first official practice back.

Most significant for Renfree was that he never gave his surgically repaired knee a thought.

Duke lineman, backup QB, out with injuries

DURHAM — Duke guard Mitchell Lederman and backup quarterback Sean Renfree will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, the team announced this afternoon.

Lederman, a 6-foot-7, 305-pound redshirt junior, suffered a fractured toe on his right foot during the Blue Devils' Nov. 7 game against North Carolina.

Cutcliffe says there is no QB controversy

Duke coach David Cutcliffe wants to be clear: There is no quarterback controversy stemming from his decision to pull starting quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and replace him with backup Sean Renfree on Saturday in the Blue Devils’ 35-19 victory over Army.

"This is not that kind of team [to have a quarterback controversy]," Cutcliffe said. "We just have so much improving to do."

QBs strong for Duke

DURHAM — There's a reason Greg Paulus has to look elsewhere to play quarterback in 2009. Duke quarterbacks Thad Lewis and Sean Renfree were both effective in Saturday's spring game at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Renfree, a redshirt freshman, completed 15-of-24 passes for 210 yards with two touchdowns to lead White to a 24-17 win. Lewis, a senior, hit on 17-of-23 attempts for 257 yards. He ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns.

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