Durham, NC – It was announced Friday August 27th by head football coach David Cutcliffe that Duke University’s redshirt senior quarterback and newly voted captain Thomas Sirk would miss the entire season after a third tear of his left Achilles since 2013. The injury was sustained during practice Thursday night. Sirk just returned to practice this August after recovering from surgery after tearing his Achilles in early February of this year.
Sirk started 12 games in the 2015 campaign, leading Duke to its first bowl victory since 1961 with a 44-41 overtime victory versus Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl held at Yankee Stadium. For the season, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback went 251-427 for 2,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 803 yards and eight touchdowns. Duke will definitely struggle to find production like Sirk provided. Parker Boehme found himself filling in for Sirk on occasions last year, but redshirt freshman Daniel Jones may look to be the quick fix to have someone starting at quarterback on opening day (September 3rd vs North Carolina Central University.)