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Boone Embracing Quarterback Competition
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/25/2012
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By Adam Miller
Duke Sports Information

DURHAM, N.C. - Entering games as a situational quarterback for Duke in 2011, Anthony Boone got his first taste of college football last fall. Playing a total of 124 snaps, Boone finished third on the team in rushing yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground while completing nearly 60 percent of his passes, but the marginal experience has the rising redshirt sophomore eager to learn and progress.

"I learned that there's a lot more room for improvement," Boone said. "I learned that I've got to play fast, learn my reads and become more of a student of the game, which is fine with me."

A native of Monroe, N.C., Boone enters his second spring practice with a few goals in mind, but while they won't be achieved overnight, he is determined to improve and become an integral part of Duke's offense in 2012.

"This spring I want to come out, compete, have fun, be sharp, be crisp, and try to make as few mistakes as possible," Boone stated. "Having more positive points than negative points is kind of what I'm looking forward to this spring; being able to have a better understanding of the game, a better understanding of the offense  and a better understanding of the opponents I'm going to face this year."

The depth chart is stocked full at the quarterback position entering spring practice, as rising redshirt senior Sean Renfree, who started all 12 games for the Blue Devils last season, leads the pack. Boone embraces the competition at the position, and will use the opportunity as his own learning curve.

"I feel it's real healthy with Sean (Renfree), me, (Brandon) Connette and Sean (Schroeder)," Boone said. "And our new QB (freshman Thomas Sirk) who just got in here who is going to be really, really good one day once he figures out how to settle into the offense. I think the competition is really healthy. We help each other out a lot."

Offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson enjoys Boone's presence and sees him as a great voice in the huddle.

"He's been really exciting," said Tomlinson. "I like the way he moves. He likes to push people, to motivate people. He's an awesome guy. He plays really hard."

Rising senior wide receiver Conner Vernon also has high-praise for Boone's athleticism and style of play.

"He's a big physical quarterback," mentioned Vernon. "His toughness is something I can respect about him."

Boone has a great opportunity to achieve his goals this spring, and his success in 2011 could be a sign of better things to come in 2012 and beyond.