Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk, who had his 2016 campaign ended before it ever began due to a torn Achilles tendon, is set to return to the field for a sixth season of eligibility.
However, Sirk will not be returning to the Blue Devils and has decided to transfer for his final year.
Duke announced the news on Monday morning.
“I am beyond thankful for my time spent at Duke University,” Sirk said in a statement released by the university. “I will never take for granted the relationships I’ve built with the entire Duke community, especially my teammates and coaches. The men in the locker room have become my family over the course of five years, and calling them teammates would be an understatement.
“When I joined the program in the spring of 2012, I never expected that I would leave here with two degrees and to become the man that I am today. I am grateful that Coach Cutcliffe believed in me to play quarterback at the next level when not very many people did. I will carry with me the life lessons I learned both on and off the field and I’ll leave Duke University prepared to handle any situation that life could throw my way. More importantly, I have learned that excellence is the standard. Although my time here is coming to an end, I will forever remain DukeGang, and I will always call Duke University home.”
In 2015, Sirk recorded 2,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions while adding eight touchdowns on the ground.
Unfortunately, he was never able to build off of that success due to his injury.
We will have to see if Sirk can return to form in 2017.
“First and foremost, we are 100 percent supportive of Thomas and his decision to complete his eligibility at another school,” head coach David Cutcliffe said. “I’ve said it many times before: Thomas is an incredible young man. He’s conscientious, dedicated and what I would consider the ultimate teammate due to his selflessness and leadership qualities. Thomas loves Duke. He and I have had great discussion regarding this decision, and his love for this university and everything it represents is what made this decision so difficult for him.
“Since arriving on campus, Thomas has done everything we’ve asked him to do, plus some. The injuries he’s endured have been well documented, but his perseverance to recover from those setbacks is one of many attributes that make him such a special person. On the field, I don’t think we’ve had a player with a greater combination of toughness and competitiveness, and his impact on our program has extended from the field, into both the classroom and locker room and beyond. The greatest thing I can say about Thomas is that he earned the respect from every player, coach and staff member within our program by achieving levels of character and spirit exemplified by only the best of the best.”
Sirk graduated with a degree in political science last may and will be eligible to play immediately this upcoming season.