Sirk injury may make Jones the starter
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Sirk injury may make Jones the starter

Redshirt freshman QB may be see playing time sooner than expected

Photo: Daniel Jones

DURHAM, N.C. – On Tuesday afternoon, Duke offensive coordinator Zac Roper discussed the rapid progress of redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones as a backup to returning starter Thomas Sirk.

By Friday, Roper and head coach David Cutcliffe were forced into Plan B: Who will start the season opener Sept. 3 against North Carolina Central. ... 

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Note: Duke head coach David Cutcliffe confirmed in a Saturday afternoon media release Thomas Sirk re-injured his left Achilles' tendon and is out for the season. Sirk suffered a partial tear to the same tendon he tore in February.

Sirk also missed the 2013 season with a tear to his right Achilles' tendon. Missing two full seasons would make him eligible to apply for a sixth-year medical redshirt.

Despite Sirk's injury, Cutciffe also announced Saturday he was named a team captain along with running back Jela Duncan, defensive back DeVon Edwards and defensive lineman A.J. Wolf.

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