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Duke "Booneless" Versus Georgia Tech

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Duke must rely on athlete Brandon Connette at quarterback after Anthony Boone broke his collarbone. Photo by Lance King/Getty Images.
Duke must rely on athlete Brandon Connette at quarterback after Anthony Boone broke his collarbone. Photo by Lance King/Getty Images.

Georgia Tech heads to North Carolina to face the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in the ACC opener. Initially the match-up was billed as a great opportunity to see two young quarterbacks, Georgia Tech's Vad Lee and Duke's Anthony Boone, face off. Unfortunately the headline of the opener has changed as Boone is out indefinitely with a broken collarbone he suffered in the second quarter of last Saturdays 28-14 win over Memphis.  Duke opened the season 2-0 for the first time since 1998, but a team once beaming with confidence may have been wounded with Boone's injury.  

On Wednesday, Duke coach David Cutcliffe announced Brandon Connette will take over at quarterback. Connette is a talented athlete with the capability to play multiple positions. Since attending Duke, Connette has played running back, quarterback, wide receiver, safety and special teams. The Blue Devils still feel confident with Connette at quarterback heading into the ACC opener, but Georgia Tech's defense looks much improved this season. 

Before the injury, Boone completed 75 percent of his passes during the first six quarters. After backing up Sean Renfree last season, Duke's coaching staff expressed optimism this offseason that we'd witness the maturation of Boone. The injury is a blow and now Duke will be relying on a redshirt junior. Connette is more of a running threat, a Wildcat type of athlete with a lesser throwing arm. Georgia Tech will use Jeremiah Attaochu to hunt down Connette on Saturday.