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n said. "He kind of looked like he had solidified the job and then he opens it up again." Defensive back Eric Franklin, a true freshman, made a scrimmage-best eight tackles and picked off Turner on the sixth possession. MIAMI The Canes wrapped up their final two-a-day of fall camp on Sunday, and coach Randy Shannon said everything -- that's right, everything -- is still up for grabs. Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post had a couple of notes for you off Sunday's practice. Morning Practice Highlights -- (pads) Joe Joseph and Marcus Robinson each had a sack in 11-on-11 drills. Randy Phillips (INT, pass break-up) and DeMarcus Van Dyke (two pass break-ups) stood out in the secondary. Lee Chambers and Damien Berry each broke off a couple runs of 15+ yards. Javarris James caught several passes in both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 sessions Afternoon Practice Highlights -- (shells) Sam Shields (red zone), Chavez Grant (7-on-7) and C.J. Holton (11-on-11) all recorded interceptions. Grant returned his for a touchdown while Holton caught his off a tipped pass. A.J. Highsmith connected with Tommy Streeter (11-on-11) and LaRon Byrd (7-on-7) for significant yardage. Damien Berry took a short pass in the flat from Taylor Cook for a long gain. Other highlights include a near interception by Randy Phillips, a pass break-up by Ramon Buchanan and a sack by Micanor Regis. Red zone touchdowns included Jacory Harris to Richard Gordon and Taylor Cook to Jimmy Graham. VIRGINIA TECH So ... add Ryan Williams to the list of VT running backs who are banged up. Williams sprained his ankle, and Josh Oglesby has "the worst infection" coach Billy Hite has ever seen on a foot. Also, the coaches want to redshirt Logan Thomas, and Kenny Lewis Jr.'s recovery has been delayed. Not a lot of happy news coming out of Blacksburg these days. To read Virginia Tech's entire scrimmage report, click here. Tyrod Taylor completed 8 of 11 passes for 78 yards. Xavier Boyce led all receivers with two catches for 47 yards. Freshman running back Tony Gregory rushed 18 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Williams rushed just five times for 22 yards before spraining his ankle and sitting out the rest of the scrimmage. He did score on a 4-yard run and he returned several punts. Matt Waldron was 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts. (31, 32, 43, 30) Defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson led the defense with seven tackles, four for a loss, and one sack.
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Duke running backs coach Zac Roper might have the toughest job on the staff right now. Leading rusher and senior Re'quan Boyette is still being evaluated after having cartilage surgery on his left knee, and his backup, senior Clifford Harris, has a minor hamstring pull.
"We thought we were going to have two seniors that were going to take most of the reps," Roper said. "Obviously we think those guys will get back as quickly as they can, and when those two guys get back everything will be back to normal, but we're trying to add as much depth as we can."
Here's a breakdown of what Roper has to work with:
- Harris has played fullback and tailback, and he knows the system and is also a good special teams player. He's been out of contract drills for three days now, though, and they need him back as soon as possible.
- Sophomore Tony Jackson has been getting the most reps. In the spring, the staff wanted to add some firepower to the position and thought Jackson's speed would help, so they moved him from safety. He proved it was a the right move with a 75-yard touchdown run in the spring game. Jackson is still learning pass protection, but understands what the staff wants scheme-wise and has some explosiveness. He'll be getting most of the reps, but has had limited contact this week because of an upper body injury.
- Freshman Jay Hollingsworth, a local player from Sanford, N.C., runs with good natural pad leverage and was listed as the No. 76 running back in the nation by ESPN.com.
- Patrick Kurunwune of Austin, Texas, has been getting increased reps and continues to learn.
- Cameron Jones, a redshirt freshman, hasn't played yet, but just about everyone else in his family has, so he knows he's got a tradition to uphold. His father, Cedric, was a standout receiver at Duke; his brother, Colin, is a redshirt freshman cornerback; and his uncle, Walter Jones, was a leading receiver at Duke during the Blue Devils' 1989 ACC championship team. Oh, and his cousin, Tielor Robinson, is a senior fullback and his mom, Melanie Davis-Jones, also went to school here.
Best-case scenario? Clifford Harris comes back ASAP.
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DURHAM, N.C. -- This is a very odd feeling, sitting in an eerily quiet, dimly-lit Cameron Indoor media room, writing about Duke football.
There is reason to be here, though, and his name is David Cutcliffe.
I just got back from watching the first few periods of Duke football practice and had a few observations.
* The intensity of this coaching staff literally echoes throughout the trees around the practice fields. These guys don't tolerate anything a notch below what they're asking. Defensive coordinator Marion Hobby was barking at his players as they went through pass rush drills, and defensive backs coach Derek Jones could be heard yelling from the adjacent field to one of his corners: "PAY! ATTENTION! TO DETAILS!," Jones yelled. "I asked you to do THREE things!"
Not that they're not encouraging the players, too. Cutcliffe strolled through and checked out all of the drills going on, hollering things like, "I like that!" to safety Eddie Morgan, and "Be an athlete, Adrian [Aye-Darko]."
Cutcliffe's motto this season is "practice makes permanent."
* Not only is leading rusher Re'quan Boyette injured and not practicing anymore, but both of his backups -- Clifford Harris and Tony Jackson -- are being held out of full-contact drills Friday for nagging injuries.
* I can see why Cutcliffe's first priority in terms of tangible upgrades to the program is in his practice facilities. One of the fields is only 75-yards long, and the other looks like it could be a recreational park in a small neighborhood.
I'll get a chance to speak with some players and coaches later this afternoon, so more is coming.