Any Duke fan would like to forget 2007’s one-win campaign. Lost in the chaos of that season, though, was then-junior Re’quan Boyette’s best season, as he led the team with 432 yards rushing and averaged 4.2 yards a carry.
As 2008 began, Boyette was expected to head Duke’s running attack under head coach David Cutcliffe’s new scheme. A torn knee ligament in preseason, however, knocked out Boyette for the year before he even played a snap, and any certainty in the Duke backfield with him.
“It was really tough because I wanted to be out there playing with the guys I came in with,” Boyette told The Chronicle. “So it was tough, but at the same time I was able to stay positive and my teammates really helped me to stay positive, and I was able to get through it.”
In Boyette’s absence, the Blue Devils turned to a trio of backs to carry the load, led by another senior leader in Clifford Harris. Boyette’s good friend was the starter for most of the season and took advantage of the opportunity, rushing for 345 yards and scoring six touchdowns, three of them receiving.