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Football notebook: Duke offensive lineman injured; no NC State QB picked yet

From staff reportsAugust 15, 2013 

The day after offensive lineman Tanner Stone was lost for the year due to a broken right ankle, one of the Blue Devils expected to replace him suffered his own injury.

Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Casey Blaser is out indefinitely with a broken hand and underwent surgery Thursday. That leaves Duke with just one experienced backup, redshirt sophomore Carson Ginn, to starting tackles Laken Tomlinson and Tokoby Cofield.

In response to the injuries to Stone and Blaser, Duke announced that redshirt sophomore Sam Marshall, who appeared in seven games last season at defensive tackle, will move to offensive tackle. Marshall will now wear jersey No. 75 while freshman defensive tackle Mike Ramsay, who was wearing No. 75, switches to No. 99. Laura Keeley

UNC’s Fedora: Renner must keep swagger while working on decision-making

North Carolina enters the season with questions surrounding every offensive position except quarterback. But even there, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora has said it’s a priority for Bryn Renner, a senior who will be starting for the third season, to work on his decision making.

But that can be a “fine line,” Fedora said earlier this week.

“What’s important at this point is making good decisions,” Fedora said. “But at the same time, the guy has confidence in what he’s doing, and so you don’t want to take away that swagger of, ‘hey, I can make that throw,’ because there’s only so many that can make that throw. And he’s one of them.”

Renner didn’t throw an interception in UNC’s first scrimmage last weekend. He threw seven interceptions, and 28 touchdowns, last season. At times Renner got away with questionable decisions.

Fedora wants Renner to decrease those instances while remaining confident enough to take chances.

“We also want him to understand the situation - be smart about what you do,” Fedora said. “And he’s progressing in that area. But you don’t want to take that swagger away from him, I can tell you that.” Andrew Carter

N.C. State QB battle still a 2 horse race

Dave Doeren moved up N.C. State’s second scrimmage of training camp to Friday morning. Don’t expect Doeren to move up his decision about the starting quarterback.

Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas remain in competition to be the starter for the opener against Louisiana Tech. Doeren said he will have a better idea about the rest of his depth chart after the second scrimmage but he did not anticipate a resolution at quarterback.

“They are really competing right now and I like that,” Doeren said.

Thomas had control of the job after spring practice but that was before Mitchell, a graduate transfer from Arkansas, joined the program in July.

There’s also the question about who will be the third-string quarterback. Doeren said sophomore Manny Stocker and freshmen Bryant Shirreffs and Josh Taylor are vying for that spot but there’s also a possibility that all three quarterbacks could be redshirted this season.

Stocker burned through a season of eligibility last year despite only taking a handful of relatively meaningless snaps.

Garrett Leatham, a sophomore walk-on from Apex, would probably handle third-string duties if Stocker, Shirreffs and Taylor redshirt this season. Joe Giglio

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