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.
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), its highest average since 1977. Duke joined Clemson and North Carolina as the only three 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), Jela Duncan (460 yards & 4 TDs) and Shaun Wilson (424 yards & 3 TDs).
To cap the 2015 season, both Duncan and Wilson earned spots on ESPN’s 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 were 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. Snead enters the 2014 campaign as one of just two players nationally to have multiple 100-yard rushing bowl games to his credit.
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, 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.