Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Former two-time Duke captain Re’quan Boyette joined the Blue Devil staff in July of 2012 and coaches the running backs. Boyette served as a graduate assistant coach during the 2012 season before being promoted to assistant coach in February of 2013.
In 2013, Boyette directed Duke’s running back unit for the first time as four Blue Devils — senior Juwan Thompson, junior Josh Snead and sophomores Jela Duncan and Shaquille Powell — shared the responsibility as the featured back. The foursome combined to rush for 1,905 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 34 passes for 288 yards and three additional scores.
Snead, who topped the 100-yard barrier three times on the season including a career-high 138-yard outing in Duke’s 48-30 win over Miami and a 104-yard performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M, led Duke in rushing with 651 yards while posting the fourth-highest single-season yards per carry average at 6.08.
The 2013 Blue Devil offense ranked among ACC leaders in scoring (5th; 32.8 ppg), total offense (4th; 426.1 ypg), rushing offense (5th; 178.0 ypg) and passing offense (6th; 248.1 ypg). On its way to the ACC Coastal Division championship, the 2013 Duke squad set a school record for total points (459) while becoming the first team in school history to post 25-plus rushing touchdowns and 25-plus passing touchdowns in the same season.
As a graduate assistant coach in 2012, Boyette was a part of a Blue Devil offense that scored a school single-season record 410 points as Duke reached a bowl game for the first time since 1994. He worked primarily with the running backs as the trio of Thompson, Snead and Duncan combined to rush for 1,401 yards on 283 attempts, averaging 4.95 yards per carry.
Thompson, who signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Denver Broncos in May of 2014, emerged as one of the most versatile backs in the league while Snead capped off the 2012 season by rushing for a then career-high 107 yards on 17 attempts in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati. Duncan was an honorable mention Freshman All-America selection by College Football News in 2012 after becoming the ninth rookie to lead the Blue Devils in rushing.
A native of Wilson, N.C., Boyette lettered five seasons (2005-06-07-08-09) as a running back at Duke and served as team captain in both 2008 and 2009. Rushing 314 times for 1,202 yards and five touchdowns in his career, he became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the ground. Boyette, who missed the entire 2008 campaign due to injury, twice led the Blue Devils in rushing in 2006 and 2007.
In addition, he caught 47 career passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns.
On October 22, 2005, Boyette matched the 10th-longest rushing attempt in Duke history with a 78-yard effort against Florida State en route to a career-best 123-yard performance.
In 2008, Boyette was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team and represented Duke at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La., on January 2, 2009.
Boyette graduated from Duke in 2009 with a degree in sociology.