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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Duke QB Renfree a game-time decision

By Andrea Adelson

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree is listed as questionable on the injury report for its game against Virginia on Saturday, but there still is a chance he could play.

Coach David Cutcliffe told reporters in Durham on Thursday morning that Renfree would be a game-time decision for its critical game against the Hoos. Renfree hurt his elbow last week against Wake Forest and has been limited in practice this week. If he cannot go, Duke would turn to Anthony Boone, who played the fourth quarter against the Deacs last week and helped the Blue Devils win the game with two touchdown drives.

Cutcliffe was asked about Boone during the ACC coaches' call on Wednesday, and said he had complete confidence in his backup quarterback.

"We're running the same offense, whether it's Sean or whether it's Anthony or whether it was Brandon Connette," Cutcliffe said. "Again, there are minor things that you play to the strength of a player. But I think the beauty of our team, and I said this going in, I hate that we had to use it, but if something happened to Sean, which it did last week in the ballgame, we have very experienced, capable football players.

"One of the things I noticed on the sideline when Anthony had to step up and play, the other players didn't bat an eye. I mean, they're used to him playing. It's why we've always played quarterbacks, backup quarterbacks, in situational roles if they're good enough. Certainly Anthony, Connette, those guys have been good enough. We won't change. Disregard who is at quarterback, we're going to be who we are."