DURHAM, N.C. – Wide receivers Johnell Barnes and Jamison Crowder caught four passes each while rookie Chris Taylor hauled in a four-yard touchdown strike to highlight Duke’s 80-snap scrimmage on Friday at Wallace Wade Stadium.
“I really loved our energy,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. “I thought our focus was outstanding. I thought from the minute we set foot on the field, we’d kind of hoped to get that out of them the way we’ve prepared the last two days. A lot of positive things. I think our defense was cohesive. What I mean by that is people were where they were supposed to be – there was nothing given to the offense. They had to earn it. At times, the offense did earn it. I thought all in all, sideline communication, the tempo of play, the energy of play was really, really good. We got a lot of young people work in between the best versus the best; we had our squad scrimmaging as well so we’ve got a lot of tape to look at and evaluate.”
Barnes had four grabs for a team-high 55 yards – including a 30-yard strike from Thomas Sirk – while Crowder’s four receptions went for 32 yards. Quarterback Parker Boehme, who completed 10-of-13 pass attempts for 74 yards on the day, fired a four-yard touchdown pass to Taylor.
Quarterback Anthony Boone was 8-of-15 through the air for 90 yards while Sirk finished 4-of-6 for 63 yards while rushing seven times for 14 yards and one touchdown.
“We saw a lot of great things from the second scrimmage,” said Boone. “Playing on the game field, seeing what it’s going to be like on Saturdays. A lot of guys showed flashes of making great plays. Overall, we’re very happy, on both sides of the ball, with where we are.”
“I think overall we had a great scrimmage with every group today,” added Sirk. “I commend our defense for a great scrimmage today, too.”
Redshirt senior offensive guard Laken Tomlinson was pleased with his unit’s performance.
“It was great,” Tomlinson said. “I thought the offensive line had a lot of fire in them. We definitely came off the ball physical. We’re just working on things that Coach (John) Latina taught us – physical fundamentals, getting off the ball, being low and just playing our hearts out.”
Defensively, end Dezmond Johnson posted two tackles for loss including a sack while Britton Grier added two tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Cornerback T.J. Douglas accounted for the game’s lone turnover with an interception.
Duke will host the annual Meet The Blue Devils event on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the Pascal Field House. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The Blue Devils open the 2014 season at home against Elon on August 30. Tickets are available at GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-BLUE.