Monday, April 2, 2012
Connette, D dazzle in Duke spring game
By Matt Fortuna
Sean Renfree's job as Duke's starting quarterback isn't in danger, but that isn't necessarily bad news for Brandon Connette.
In fact, if the Blue Devils' spring game Saturday is any indication, the two could be helping each other quite a bit this fall.
Connette took home offensive MVP honors in the Blue team's 38-24 loss to the White team, completing 4 of 7 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 54 yards and a score on six carries.
Recovering from a shoulder separation last fall, Connette lined up at receiver and tight end throughout the day, capitalizing on a number of misdirection plays that featured multiple quarterbacks on the field at once.
Renfree, the two-year starter, finished 10 for 24 passing for 104 yards and two interceptions, both of which were returned for scores. The one cornerback not responsible for any of the game's three interceptions, Ross Cockrell, took home the game's defensive MVP honors after notching four tackles, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
The forced fumble came after an 85-yard run by Josh Snead, leading to a touchback. Snead finished the game with 90 yards on four carries, adding two catches for 30 yards. He scored touchdowns both on the ground and through the air.
Eric Adams, a walk-on, led Duke with 107 rushing yards on 31 carries.
Connette also took home co-most improved offensive player of the spring honors, with Blair Holliday. Freshman signal-caller Thomas Sirk also impressed Saturday, hitting on 11 of 13 passes for 90 yards, two scores and a pick.