Sunday, August 14, 2011
Duke's offensive line takes big hit
By ESPN.com staff
Duke redshirt junior center Brian Moore will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a fractured right arm during Friday’s practice, the school announced on Saturday.
This is a huge setback for the Blue Devils, as Moore could be one of the top linemen in the country, and if Duke is going to get to a bowl game, it needs its best players up front. Moore started the past two seasons at right guard before moving to center this spring. He was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
“We’re certainly disappointed for Brian because of how hard he’s worked and his dedication to the program,” coach David Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. “But, as we all know, injuries are part of the game of football and this creates opportunities for other young players.”
Redshirt junior Conor Irwin entered summer camp as Moore's backup. Redshirt sophomore Dave Harding, Duke’s returning starting left guard, and true freshman Matt Skura also will receive practice and scrimmage repetitions.
Redshirt sophomore cornerback Lex Butler and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Nick Sink are also sidelined indefinitely with leg injuries.