Duke has filled its last football coaching opening, promoting graduate assistant Re’quan Boyette to running backs coach.
Boyette played running back at Duke from 2005-2009, rushing for 1,202 yards and four touchdowns in his four-year playing career. He led Duke in rushing during the 2006 and 2007 seasons (he took a medical redshirt during the 2008 campaign). Boyette also caught 47 career passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns.
Boyette joined the coaching staff in July 2012 as a defensive assistant. With the departures of Ron Middleton and Matt Lubick to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oregon, respectively, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had the flexibility to reassign roles. He made one outside hire (Scotte Montgomery from the Pittsburgh Steelers) and one promotion (Boyette).
Montgomery, also a Duke alum, will take over the associate head coach role from Middleton and the Offensive Coordinator/Passing Game coordinator role from Lubick. Boyette will be the running backs coach, a position Zac Roper held last year. Zac, who is the brother of offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, was also the assistant special teams coordinator, a job he shared with the departed Middleton.
Cutcliffe has yet to name a recruiting coordinator (a role Lubick held last year), but he is expected to assign that position to one of the current coaches early next week.