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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Duke running back Re'quan Boyette, who led the Blue Devils in rushing in 2006 and 2007 but hasn't played a game since his knee surgery on Aug. 9, will miss the rest of the season, the school announced Wednesday. The good news for the program is that Boyette still has a year of eligibility remaining and the Blue Devils were able to win four games without him.
"While we are disappointed that Re'quan will not get on the field this season, we are excited about him returning in 2009," coach David Cutcliffe stated in a release. "We are not going to play a young man if he is not ready, and with five games to play, Re'quan is not to the point where he could contribute. What is undeniable is Re'quan's commitment to our program. He has been an outstanding leader for our team."
In his absence, Duke has looked to Clifford Harris, who leads the team with 310 yards and three touchdowns on 85 carries. It's been a group effort, though, as Jay Hollingsworth and Tony Jackson have also contributed.
Boyette is one of 37 players in Duke football history to reach 1,000 rushing yards. He has played in 33 career games and started 10, rushing 251 times for 1,072 yards while catching 30 passes for 140 yards.
He has five career touchdown runs and owns the 10th-longest rush from scrimmage in Duke history with a 78-yard jaunt against Florida State on October 22, 2005.