Virginia RB Parks heading home to play Tar Heels

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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He'd like nothing better than to help the ground game take off this weekend.

"We still believe there's nothing wrong with our running game," he said. "We've just got to be a little bit more decisive, make more great reads, make great blocks when we have to so the quarterback can throw, help out the blocking game, catch the ball when we need to and do all those little things right."

Getting enough tickets for all the family and friends that will make the trip to Durham, N.C., "can be a little bit stressful," Parks said, "but I don't look at it like that. It's all fun for me."

Teammate Adrian Gamble, who caught his first touchdown pass against the Bulldogs in the Sims-led rally, also is going home, and hopes the scoring grab was the start of an increased role in the offense.

He's known for spectacular catches in practice, and wants to bring that to the games.

"I feel like the more opportunities I get and the better I take advantage of the opportunities, I feel like coach Lazor and coach London will start to trust in me more," the freshman from Charlotte said.

Duke has won three straight led by quarterback Sean Renfree, who is completing 72 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns. He's listed as questionable this week with a right elbow injury, so both teams may have new faces taking the opening snaps at quarterback. For Duke, that would be Anthony Boone, who finished the game last weekend.

No worries, coach David Cutcliffe said, comparing Boone's situation to what Sims faces.

"We have an offensive system. Anthony Boone has been taking the number two reps all fall camp, all during the season to this point," Cutcliffe said. "We're running the same offense."

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