DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt senior quarterback Quentin Harris threw for 104 yards and one touchdown while junior safety Michael Carter II registered a pair of interceptions to highlight Duke’s 75-snap scrimmage on Saturday night at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.
“This is our eighth practice,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said. “I told them before today that we have done tremendous work. What I am going to grade tonight is consistency of focus and consistency of effort. I thought we got good effort. Our offensive focus was really poor in the first half. Right now, the bigger test to me is that will this team be able to play 60 minutes with focus and effort. We will get there. We have enough players here to make plays on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game.”
Harris completed eight-of-14 throws for 104 yards including a 34-yard scoring strike to redshirt senior wideout Aaron Young. Young (40 yards), junior tight end Noah Gray (12 yards) and freshman wide receiver Jalon Calhoun (36 yards) each caught two passes on the evening while redshirt freshman Jarett Garner hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Robert Nelson.
In addition to the two interceptions by Carter II, rookie cornerback Tony Davis had one interception while redshirt senior defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord picked up a pair of quarterback sacks. Also, senior end Tre Hornbuckle and redshirt senior tackle Trevon McSwain logged two tackles for loss apiece.
Following the scrimmage, Cutcliffe announced redshirt freshman quarterback Gunnar Holmberg suffered a right leg injury during yesterday’s practice and will be out of action indefinitely after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, Gunnar Holmberg has injured a knee,” Cutcliffe noted. “He has an imminent surgery so he will be out indefinitely. It is not a ligament. At this day and time, you try to go in and repair for long-term health. I am disappointed for him and I’m disappointed for us. I know he will do everything he can to be back for us as quickly as possible.”
The Blue Devils open the 2019 season against Alabama on August 31 in Atlanta, Ga. Duke season tickets are available online at www.GoDuke.com/FootballTix or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 919-681-2583.