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Harris smooth at putting words into action

Harris smooth at putting words into action

If Duke quarterback Quentin Harris can command a huddle the way he wins a media session, add that to the head starts on 2019 he gained with playing time last year when third-year starter Daniel Jones was injured for two-and-a-half games. It’s not just what Harris, a 6-foot-1,...

Sirk injury may make Jones the starter

Sirk injury may make Jones the starter

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...

Duke backup QB thrust into larger role

Duke backup QB thrust into larger role

There were at one time a number of positions to sift through when deciding who needs to step up for Duke’s football team in 2016. But that was before quarterback Thomas Sirk suffered a torn achilles tendon in a workout this month.That suddenly put the focus clearly on the...

Cutcliffe makes a special promotion to offensive coordinator

Cutcliffe makes a special promotion to offensive coordinator

David Cutcliffe’s choice of Zac Roper as Duke’s new offensive coordinator demonstrated the attention he pays to special teams more than many head coaches who view it as an afterthought – a spot for a young assistant to mature or an older coach to finish his career.Cutcliffe...