Friday, August 7, 2009

Duke loses freshman safety

Duke's already-thin secondary got a little thinner when a freshman who Duke coach David Cutcliffe thought could play this season will redshirt instead, recovering from knee surgery.

Cutcliffe announced Thursday night that Anthony Young-Wiseman, a freshman safety from Bethesda, Md., will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will be out the entire season.

Duke has only two seniors, one junior and four sophomores on its roster at cornerback and safety.

Cutcliffe said Duke's two other injured players, defensive lineman Kinney Rucker (foot) and offensive lineman David Harding (ankle surgery), remain out, although Harding would "be back shortly." With only 90 of the permitted 105 players in camp, the Blue Devils aren't in a position to handle many other injuries. -- Luke DeCock