Duke backup QB Asack likely to change positions

The Associated PressFebruary 4, 2009 

At breakfast a few weeks ago during a visit with quarterback commitment Sean Schroeder, Duke coach David Cutcliffe revealed that a position move will bring Schroeder into fall camp as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

Duke sports information director Art Chase confirmed Tuesday that Zack Asack, who has been the backup quarterback the past two seasons, is likely to change positions. Thaddeus Lewis remains the starter, and redshirt freshman Sean Renfree will start camp as the backup ahead of Schroeder.

Schroeder has gained 10 to 12 pounds since the end of football season and is carrying about 195 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame.

Brent Melbon, who coached Schroeder at Dana Hills High in California, said Schroeder made all the line calls for his high school team, which was good practice for him in terms of understanding the game.

"He processes things really quickly," Melbon said. "I think the upside is tremendous. ... He can make all the throws, and he moves well though he's not necessarily a runner. I was fortunate to have him."

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With the biopsy on Jan. 9 confirming the worst fears from earlier blood tests, the coach said Tuesday he considers himself fortunate that his delay was merely "stupid" rather than deadly.

Today, Mumme will undergo a procedure at the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center that doctors believe will stop the disease before it spreads. Should all go according to plan, Mumme, who has been unemployed since New Mexico State fired him in December, can resume his search for a new coaching job as early as this spring.

The coach said he wanted to share his story with hopes that it will inspire other men to get tested more quickly than he did.

ALABAMA WANTS TO ENLARGE STADIUM: Alabama athletic director Mal Moore said Tuesday that he will seek the board of trustees' approval to add more than 9,000 seats and 36 skyboxes. That would push the capacity up to 101,000.

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