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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/19/2011
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke football team donned full pads for the first time on Saturday morning, practicing for two hours at the Brooks Practice Facility.  Saturday’s session marked the third of 15 scheduled workouts for spring practice.
“We saw a lot of good contact today,” said head coach David Cutcliffe.  “Overall, we went pretty vanilla as we try to see who was playing low and who has an idea of attacking the line of scrimmage.  Toward the end we did a little bit more, and I think we’re already ahead in our blitz looks and blitz packages on defense and that is a bonus.  Right now we are still so young in the defensive front; we just have a lot of projects on that end.”
“The wind bothered us a little bit throwing and catching the football, so we weren’t as consistent as we would have liked in that regard,” he continued.  “One of the things I can see is Sean Renfree is really playing well.  What he has done over these three days has been pretty special.”
A host of familiar faces roamed the sidelines on Saturday morning, including four former Blue Devils – Thaddeus Lewis, Vince Oghobaase, Ayanga Okpokowuruk and Vincent Rey – that ended the 2010 NFL season with respective organizations.
“Duke football is important to them,” Cutcliffe said.  “They also feel comfortable and at home being back here.  They love coming back.  They love coming out here and watching this team get better, and every comment I hear from them includes ‘Wow, there are a bunch of athletes’.  You’ve got guys that choose to work out here in the off-season because they know that with our strength staff is absolutely the best way to train.  It is building pride in our program.  When I look over there, I take a lot of pride in seeing those guys and what Duke football has meant to them and what it is going to mean to a bunch of youngsters in the future.”
The Blue Devils return to the practice field on Monday.  Duke will host the program’s annual Spring Game on Saturday, March 26 at Wallace Wade Stadium.  
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