NCF Nation: Nick Sink

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.

Weekend rewind: Duke scrimmage

February, 28, 2011
Attention: There was actual ACC football played on Saturday -- 75 snaps in Wallace Wade Stadium.

Duke, the first ACC team to start spring practices, had its first spring scrimmage on Saturday, and the offense was the highlight. While it should be noted that five projected defensive starters were out with injuries, this is the kind of offensive progress Duke needs to see this spring, particularly in the running game. Defensively, it was a chance for some younger players to get some significant snaps.

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Quarterback Sean Renfree, who could be the lone returning full-time starting quarterback in the Coastal Division, accounted for three touchdowns and running back Patrick Kurunwune had 154 yards on eight carries. Renfree completed 7 of 13 passes for 129 yards with touchdowns of 18 yards to tight end Cooper Helfet and 55 yards to wideout Brandon Braxton. Renfree also rushed for a 3-yard touchdown. Kurunwune took off on runs of 27, 37 and 75 yards en route to averaging an impressive 19.3 yards per attempt. Fellow running backs Desmond Scott and Juwan Thompson added 50 and 41 yards on the ground, respectively.

Thompson (62 yards) and wideout Conner Vernon (42 yards) led all receivers with three catches each while tight end Braxton Deaver finished with two catches for 63 yards.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS: Safety Jordon Byas led the defense with two pass breakups, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery. Defensive tackle Jamal Bruce chipped in a tackle for loss while linebacker C.J. France and defensive end Nick Sink combined on one quarterback sack. Duke is missing three injured players this spring -- linebacker Kelby Brown, safety Lee Butler and defensive end Kenny Anunike -- and noseguard Charlie Hatcher and safety Matt Daniels didn't dress for the scrimmage because of minor injuries.

QUOTABLE: “I thought we ran the ball really well today,” Renfree said, according to the team's scrimmage report. “I think it has to do with being multiple, and mostly it has to do with the performance of our offensive line. They did a great job. We’ve got a lot of good running backs and if you get holes for them, they’re dangerous. That was lot of fun to see.”