Duke notes: TE Deaver has another surgery

A few quick notes for you from Durham today ...

  • Tight end Braxton Deaver had successful surgery on Tuesday to repair a fracture of his left patella. He suffered the injury on Monday during a team workout, according to the school. Deaver, a projected starter for 2012, has now had three surgeries in the past six months, as he had a torn ACL repaired in January, and an operation on his fractured thumb in June. “Right now our focus with Braxton is to get well, and not worry about getting back on the football field," coach David Cutcliffe said in a prepared statement. "As we all know, injuries are a part of football, and now I expect our younger players to step into more significant roles.”

  • Incoming freshman defensive end Allen Jackson suffered a shoulder injury during team workouts and will have surgery at a later date.

  • Sean Schroeder, a quarterback for the past three years, will play his final two seasons of eligibility at the University of Hawaii. Schroeder graduated from Duke in May and is eligible to play for the Warriors in 2012 as a graduate student. “We wish Sean nothing but the best as he continues his college football career at Hawaii after making great contributions to our program for three years,” Cutcliffe said. “We spent time during the spring trying to find him an opportunity, and now we’ll definitely be pulling for the [Warriors] on Saturdays. Norm Chow and I are longtime friends, and I couldn’t be more excited for Sean to have the chance to learn and play for one of the finest coaches in the country.”