Suspensions cut into Duke’s depth

Duke will be without two players pegged as key defensive reserves for its first three football games this season.

Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe announced Thursday that defensive tackle Brandon Boyce and safety Phillip Carter received three-game suspensions. The discipline stems from internal team issues involving both players.

Boyce and Carter will miss Duke’s season-opening game on Sept. 3 with N.C. Central and the ACC opener on Sept. 10 with Wake Forest. Both those games are at Wallace Wade Stadium.

They are also barred from traveling and playing in the Sept. 17 nonconference game at Northwestern.

A sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Boyce impressed Duke’s staff with his play as a true freshman last season. The 6-0, 255-pound played solidly for a young player along the defensive front, playing in 13 games and recording 24 tackles with four tackles for losses, one quarterback sack, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry.

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