Duke quarterback Anthony Boone will be a game-time decision against Navy

lkeeley@newsobserver.comOctober 10, 2013 

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Injured Duke quarterback Anthony Boone (7) helps quarterback Brandon Connette (18) warm up prior to the game against Pitt Saturday Sept. 21, 2013.

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— Injured Duke quarterback Anthony Boone will be a game-time decision Saturday against Navy, coach David Cutcliffe said Thursday. Boone has been out since breaking his right collarbone in his throwing shoulder Sept. 7 at Memphis. He is listed as questionable on Duke’s injury report.

“I wouldn’t call it doubtful,” Cutcliffe said of the possibility of Boone playing, “But I’d have to call it questionable.”

Boone has passed all the necessary medical scans on his shoulder. (“That all looks good,” Cutcliffe said.) He also responded well each morning this week to the practice work he did the previous day. The final questions to be answered center around how effective he can be and if his shoulder is ready to take a hit. The Blue Devils, obviously, won’t hit him in practice to gauge his readiness. Instead, the staff will rely on clinical tests aimed to gauge his shoulder’s strength.

“We’ll really see what he looks like (Friday) in as much of a game atmosphere as you can create,” Cutcliffe said. “And then we’ll know a little bit more.”

Boone led the offense to a 45-0 rout against FCS N.C. Central in Duke’s opener, completing 16-of-20 passes for 176 yards and rushing six times for 24 yards and a touchdown. Before he went down in the second quarter at Memphis, Boone was 11-of-16 for 99 yards with one interception and 23 rushing yards and a touchdown on two carries.

Brandon Connette replaced Boone and has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,022 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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