Monday, March 29, 2010
Duke wraps up spring as Connette shines
By Brian Bennett
Duke finished its spring practice as the Blue team beat the White squad 24-3 in Saturday's spring game.
Freshman quarterback Brandon Connette, who enrolled in January, rushed for 91 yards and one touchdown and threw for another score to lead the winning team. He finished 8-of-19 for 67 yards.
"The play of Brandon Connette stood out, as it has in a lot of scrimmages," coach David Cutcliffe said. "It was good to see us run the football. I thought the offensive line blocked well at times and consistently. I am anxious to look at it and get back into the fall. I think we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish in the spring, and that was to learn a lot about our young football team.”
The Blue team churned out 232 rushing yards behind Connette, Desmond Scott (13 carries for 97 yards) and Patrick Kurunwune (44 yards and a touchdown).
“I think the success that the offense had running the football today was a combination of Desmond Scott running the ball well, the offensive line blocking and the receivers blocking well,” Connette said. “And when they were worried about Desmond running, I was able to sneak a couple yards here and there, and then once they started keying on me, we gave [the ball] back to Desmond and [Kurunwune], and they really did their thing. So it was a testament to our whole offense."
Freshman running back Josh Snead rushed for a game-high 99 yards on nine attempts to lead the White squad. Sean Schroeder had a rough day at quarterback for the White, completing just 4 of 20 passes for 23 yards.
Cutcliffe also announced the spring award winners on Saturday. Connette and Perry Simmons were named most improved offensive players while Kevin Rojas received the most improved defensive player award.