Duke’s starting quarterback suffered a ruptured left achilles in early February during some offseason conditioning drills and the assumption was that his Duke Football career was over. Sirk had already used a potential medical redshirt recovering from injury a couple seasons back. That supposed loss through a lot of uncertainty at the Duke program who thought they were going to have to prepare for a new starting quarterback, a transition that is rarely easy.
Recent news suggest that there is now hope that Sirk will be ready to play in Duke’s season opener against NC Central on September 3rd.
Duke released their post spring depth chart earlier this week and it included Thomas Sirk at QB1, news that came as a surprise to many.
Coach David Cutcliffe was in attendance for the ACC meetings in Amelia Island, Florida this week and was optimistic without being committal.
“He has done amazingly well,” Cutcliffe said of Sirk’s rehab. “Now you reach a point where he is still well ahead, way beyond what he was the last time. Now when we get to the next step – can you run full speed? And after he can run full speed, can he change direction, which you have to do, particularly with him. He rushed for over 800 yards, so he is a runner. We’ll get to that point. We’ll know something by July.”
It would be a huge boost to Duke’s expectations for the upcoming season if Sirk is able to start and be effective. While his 2015 season was far from perfect, Sirk’s athletic ability and running threat added a dynamic level to the offense. His passing efficiency and down the field throwing ability should continue to improve the more he plays. The key will be how much practice he will actually be able to participate in this offseason as he continues to rehab from his injury.