It’s been a long time since the quarterbacking situation for the Duke Blue Devils was a top topic of conversation in the world of ACC football. But, coming off of the heels of a 6-7 season and their first bowl appearance since 1995, that is exactly where we stand with the departure of three-year starter Sean Renfree. Now, it’s time for redshirt Junior Anthony Boone to step up to the plate.
If the name Anthony Boone sounds a tad familiar, it’s because this past season he managed the impossible. He was a Duke backup quarterback who had his name in the headlines for a few hours. Not in a positive way, but in the spotlight nonetheless.
After a Louisville Cardinals‘ victory in early November, it seemed inevitable that the Cards would claim the Big East crown and a trip to the Orange Bowl, where ‘traditionally’ they would face the ACC Champion. Well, in that same period of time, as crazy as this sounds, the Blue Devils weren’t exactly out of the running for the ACC title. So, at approximately 3:50 am, our friend Mr. Boone took it upon himself to take twitter with some comments. And, we know that ALWAYS ends well.
With the backup QB sitting on his couch with a bag of Doritos and a soda next to him (we’ll just go ahead and keep this PG), Boone claimed, “Louisville yeah you won the Big East but get ready for an ACC ass whoopin #justsayin”. Again, this folks, coming from the Duke backup QB. The comment was immediately deleted and has since been pretty much forgotten about.
That situation, however, has a lot to do with Boone taking over Head Coach David Cutcliffe‘s zone-read offense. You never want to judge someone off of one incident, but you still have to call into question the young man’s maturity. The results of last season show that this program is committed to making strides in becoming a formidable member of the Atlantic Coast Conference on the gridiron.
Assuming that the tweet was just a lapse in judgement, Boone has the tools to keep up the momentum that was built last year. The junior actually saw some significant playing time last year playing in 11 games, throwing for 531 yards and 5 touchdowns. That kind of experience, in what was a crucial year for the Blue Devils, helps making the Renfree-to-Boone transition that much easier.
Only four starters return on the offensive side of the ball, so the success of Boone leading the offense is important. He will certainly be the most dangerous running threat that Cutcliffe has had at QB during his Duke tenure to this point. If Boone can put everything together and lead the offense effectively, then back-to-back bowl trips for the Blue Devils certainly isn’t out of the question.