|Position:||Assistant Coach/Running Backs|
|Alma Mater:||Duke '09|
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 2017, the Duke rushing attack was led by senior Shaun Wilson and redshirt freshman Brittain Brown, who combined to run for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. The pair coupled with quarterback Daniel Jones to form one of just two trios in the ACC in 2017 and become the first in Blue Devil history to post 500-plus rushing yards each in a single season.
Wilson was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a senior after leading Duke in rushing yards (818) and ranking second in the conference in all-purpose yardage (1,697). The Charlotte, N.C., product finished his career ranking among the all-time Duke leaders in rushing touchdowns of 50-plus yards (1st; 6), kickoff return average (2nd; 25.33), all-purpose yards (3rd; 4,889), rushing yards (4th; 2,463), yards per rushing attempt average (6th; 5.20), kickoff return yards (6th; 1,697), rushing touchdowns (13th; 18) and total points (156; t13th).
Brown’s campaign was highlighted by two 100-yard rushing games against N.C. Central and Georgia Tech as the Canton, Ga., native’s season totals ranked second for both rushing yards (701) and rushing touchdowns (7) on Duke’s single-season charts for rookies.
The 2016 Blue Devil running back unit turned in three rushing touchdowns versus Georgia Tech, No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 15 North Carolina, marking the first time in the David Cutcliffe Era that Duke had three consecutive games with three or more ground scores. The group gained 227 yards versus No. 15 North Carolina, 227 yards versus No. 23 Virginia Tech and 254 at Georgia Tech, marking the first time during Cutcliffe’s tenure that the Blue Devils had three consecutive games of 200 or more rushing yards against ACC foes.
Under Boyette’s tutelage, Wilson led the Blue Devils with 623 rushing yards and added four touchdowns. He rotated with Jela Duncan, who produced 450 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. Wilson took over down the stretch after Duncan suffered a season-ending Achilles injury at Georgia Tech, and, during the final four games as the primary running back, rushed for 250 yards and two scores while losing just two yards on 61 carries. Prior to his injury, Duncan had a pair of 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 121 yards and a touchdown at Notre Dame, helping Duke to a 38-35 victory in South Bend.
Duke’s rushing attack was a highlight of the 2015 campaign as the Blue Devils ranked fifth in the ACC in ground yards per game (192.9), the team’s highest average since 1977. Duke joined Clemson and North Carolina as the only squads in the league to rank among the conference’s top five in rushing offense, passing offense, total offense and scoring offense. Under Boyette’s direction, the Blue Devils utilized a three-back rotation including Shaquille Powell (542 yards & 3 TDs), Duncan (460 yards & 4 TDs) and Wilson (424 yards & 3 TDs).
To cap the 2015 season, both Duncan and Wilson earned spots on the ESPN All-Bowl Team following their performances in Duke’s 44-41 overtime victory over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Duncan rushed for 109 yards on 13 attempts while Wilson electrified the crowd with an 85-yard touchdown run from scrimmage as well as a 98-yard kickoff return for a score.
During the 2014 season, his second as the running backs coach, Boyette guided Duke’s stable of four backs to a combined 1,767 rushing yards. As a whole, Duke rushed for 2,364 yards and an average of 181.8 yards per contest. The Blue Devils tallied 20 or more rushing touchdowns in consecutive years for the first time since the 1994-95 seasons. Duke also had three players with five or more rushing touchdowns for just the fourth time in program history.
In 2014, Boyette mentored Wilson, who established the Duke single-game rushing record with a 245-yard performance against Kansas. Wilson’s 245 yards marked the 29th-most by an ACC running back and his three touchdowns were the most by a Duke freshman. Wilson also became just the second player in Duke history to have two rushes of 68 or more yards in the same game. In the Hyundai Sun Bowl, Powell rushed for 119 yards, then the third-highest bowl game total in school history.
The rushing performances helped Duke finish 2014 averaging 32.38 points per game. It marked the first time in program history averaging 30.00 or more points for three straight years.
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 Duncan and 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 then 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 and later was a member of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 championship team, 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, who graduated from Duke in 2009 with a degree in sociology, is married to the former Khristen Dial of Johnson City, Tenn.