Duke Blue Devils rising senior quarterback Thomas Sirk tore his left Achilles tendon in a team workout this morning and will be out indefinitely following surgery tomorrow, according to the football program’s official Twitter.
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A former three-star recruit from the Jacksonville area, Sirk started 12 games for Duke in 2015. He completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns. Sirk also accumulated 803 yards and eight scores on the ground. His 3,428 total yards ranked second-most by a quarterback in Duke history. Thanks to his efforts, Duke went 8-5 (4-4 ACC) and defeated Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl 44-41.
This is not the first time Sirk has suffered such an injury, as he tore his right Achilles in 2013 and missed that entire season. In 2014, he backed up Anthony Boone.
Just who will step up in Sirk’s absence (however long that may be) remains to be seen, but odds are greater than none that rising junior and fellow Jacksonville product Parker Boehme will take over under center. In limited action last season, Boehme completed 55.1 percent of his passes for 579 yards and two touchdowns, including starting Duke’s 31-13 loss to Pittsburgh in November.
Either way, Duke has a lot to consider as the preparation for spring practice approaches. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for any further updates out of Durham!
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