DURHAM — Injured quarterback Sean Renfree was an active participant in Dukes practice Tuesday, coach David Cutcliffe said at his weekly news conference. Renfree suffered an elbow injury in the third quarter of Dukes win over Wake Forest and did not play last week against Virginia.
Cutcliffe said a decision on whether Renfree or Anthony Boone will start will come later in the week, after he sees how well Renfree throws and recovers from throwing.
He and Anthony are going to trade reps and work, Cutcliffe said. Were just going to see where his health is. But he had a good start to the week. Well see how the week goes.
Renfree was at practice last week, dressed in full pads and wearing a black protective sleeve over his elbow, but he was not able to take snaps. Instead, he stood behind Boone and practiced his footwork without handling a ball.
Boone went 18-of-31 for 212 yards and four touchdowns in his first start. He also ran for 41 yards on seven rushing attempts.
Even if Renfree is healthy enough to start, Boone likely will play. Cutcliffe likes playing multiple quarterbacks (in part to keep the backup ready in case the starter goes down), and Boone, with his running ability, adds an extra dimension.
Sean is like me, weve all talked about it, if we get them both healthy at the same time, weve got to use talents to help us win games, period, Cutcliffe said. We have no fear, obviously, of playing Anthony. And Sean has no fear or problem with that. Thats just what captains do; thats what good football teams do.
Also, defensive linemen Jamal Bruce and Justin Foxx and safeties Brandon Braxton and Chris Taravez practiced Tuesday, Cutcliffe said. The first three are starters who have missed various lengths of time. Braxton did not play last week, Foxx has been out after having surgery on his finger after the Stanford game, and Bruce has not played this year.
Decisions on whether any of the four will play against Virginia Tech will be made later in the week. Still, its progress for the injury-plagued team.
Its pretty significant for a wounded team to get some bodies back, Cutcliffe said. It boosted our defenses morale today.