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Duke suspended starting redshirt senior S Phillip Carter three games for unspecified reasons.

Carter will be allowed to practice but can't play until the September 24 contest against Notre Dame. That means Duke will start a new safety against NC Central, Wake Forest and Northwestern. Alonzo Saxton II will likely step up in his place.
Aug 19 - 10:32 AM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe indicated that redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk (Achilles) has not been participating in team drills.

Cutcliffe said that Sirk was doing well in his recovery from February's torn left Achilles, but the Blue Devils are taking it slow with the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder. Back in late July, Cutcliffe was of the belief that Sirk would be able to start the season-opener against North Carolina Central, but given his relative lack of work in practice, it is fair to wonder if he will be ready for Week 1 with the season rapidly closing in for Duke. His playing status should become more clear in the coming weeks of practice.
Aug 18 - 3:29 PM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe indicated that redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk (Achilles) will practice on a limited basis on Monday.

Sirk continues to make remarkable progress in his return from a torn left Achilles in February, but even if he is displaying Wolverine-esque healing ability, Duke isn't ready to push him into the practice fire full-stop at this juncture. Expect the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder to ramp up his practice efforts over the coming weeks depending on his health. Cutcliffe said near the end of July that he believes Sirk will be ready for the first week of the season.
Aug 8 - 2:18 PM

Duke received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 QB Jack Sears.

Sears said in mid-July that Duke was gunning hard for his pledge, but his commitment is still something of a surprise simply because of the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder's pedigree. He was named to the Elite 11 roster and the typical California big boys in UCLA and USC have been knocking on his door. No matter. HC David Cutcliffe wins the day. 247Sports Barton Simmons wrote that "[t]here may not be a more important commitment for any one program in the country than Sears is for Duke." He also noted that Sears possesses "NFL kind of arm talent" and that he can "put the ball anywhere on the field with ease."
Aug 8 - 2:09 PM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe said, "I’m going into this [season] planning on Thomas Sirk (Achillies) being ready to go."

Sirk tore his left Achillies tendon in February, but since then, has recovered beautifully, to the point where Duke now believes he will be ready to take the field against North Carolina Central come September 3. "It doesn’t surprise me, but it surprises me," Cutcliffe said. "He’s an incredibly hard worker and great athlete. Every day so far, knock on wood, it is going in the right direction." Should he suffer a setback in his recovery, Parker Boehme -- who saw the bulk of first-team reps this spring -- would slide up to No. 1 on the depth chart. Cutcliffe likes the overall depth here. "We feel good about [our quarterbacks'] knowledge and ability," he said.
Source: Today's U
Jul 23 - 6:04 PM

Duke received a commitment from three-star 2017 DE Ben Frye.

"I just love everything about [Frye]," said Dublin Coffman High HC Mark Crabtree. "I think he’s going to be a great player for Duke. It’s where he wants to be, a school he wants to be at badly." 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong notes that "His get off when the ball is snapped looks special." Crabtree explained that the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder "does everything 100 mph."
Source: 247Sports
Jul 17 - 2:03 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 QB Jack Sears indicated that Duke, USC, UCLA and Utah were the teams making the hardest pushes for his commitment.

Of the 12 quarterbacks who took part in the Elite 11 at The Opening last week, only Sears remains uncommitted. "The schools that I have interest in have been very patient and have encouraged me to take my time," explained the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder. "They know that when I commit, I will shut down my recruitment." Last season with San Clemente (California), he immolated the competition to the tune of 2,697 passing yards and a 37/2 TD/INT ratio. Scout.com's Greg Biggins notes that Sears is "a pretty pure pocket-passer," but also calls him a "high-level athlete [who] can run and make people miss in the open field. Prepare for plenty of "sneaky mobility" labels and the like after he lands at his eventual collegiate home.
Jul 16 - 12:41 PM

Duke redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk plans to be on the field for the first day of practice on August 8 despite tearing his left Achilles tendon in February.

This incredibly puts Sirk on track to be on the field for the season opener. Sirk practiced his drop backs and jogged last week, so obviously he has not run at full speed yet. In 2013, Sirk tore his right Achilles tendon. Parker Boehme has been working as the school's starting quarterback.
Source: ESPN
Jul 7 - 11:09 AM

Duke redshirt freshman WR Keyston Fuller underwent knee surgery.

Fuller has been ruled out indefinitely, though a more concrete timetable for his recovery than "forever" will likely be determined over the coming days and weeks. The 6-foot, 180-pounder initially suffered the knee injury during a team conditioning workout on Thursday. A three-star recruit out of high school, Fuller ranked as ESPN's No. 217 prospect for the 2015 cycle. This spring, he was named Co-Most Improved Offensive Player.
Jun 18 - 6:09 PM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe told FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman that redshirt freshman QB Daniel Jones may have first-round NFL talent.

If Jones pans out, he will become one of college football's best late-bloomer stories. Ignorned in recruiting, Jones grew three inches in his senior year and walked onto Duke, where he may have added another inch. Jones is now listed at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds. Jones' arm "has created a lot of buzz among the Duke staff," according to Feldman.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 17 - 7:58 PM

Four-star 2017 QB Jack Sears will attend Elite 11.

Sears earned regional MVP honors in Oakland and was selected as the prospect with the highest football IQ by Elite 11 counselors, setting the stage for this prestigious invitation. Elite 11 instructor Yogi Roth gave B/R's Sanjay Kirpalani the scoop: "I just had this vibe when he came on all of a sudden, and it’s like, ‘Does he kind of look like what Andrew Luck looked like?’ He has such a wide base, such a great arm and he’s a great athlete." The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sears is one of the few top quarterbacks who hasn't committed to a school yet. He's considering a group that includes Arizona, Colorado, Kansas State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington.
Jun 6 - 7:29 PM

Four-star 2017 QB Jack Sears indicated that he would like to make his commitment in July.

Sears has a lengthy list of schools he would like to visit over the next month-plus, to the point where the feasibility of trips to all of them might prove logistically impossible. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is looking to check in on Arizona, Colorado, Kansas State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington if possible. Of the 26 ESPN 300 quarterbacks for 2017, Sears is one of just four who have yet to make a commitment.
Jun 2 - 7:40 PM

Duke redshirt senior DL A.J. Wolf was awarded a spot on the Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

The son of an Olympic shot putter, Wolf is a First Team Academic All-America honoree off the field and a disruptive presence for the Blue Devils on it. He collected 54 tackles, four TFL and three quarterback pressures last season.
May 21 - 12:53 PM

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said he's "absolutely" hopeful that redshirt senior QB Thomas Sirk (Achilles) will be ready for the season opener against N.C. Central on Sept. 3.

"That's where we are in our thoughts," Cutcliffe said. "He's a great athlete. He heals a lot faster than I do. So I'm hopeful that we have a shot." Sirk suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon during a February practice session. Throughout his recovery process, Cutcliffe has said Sirk is ahead of schedule. With Sirk (3,428 total yards last year) out in the spring, Parker Boehme functioned as the starting quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 7:12 PM

Steelers signed Duke P Will Monday.

Monday (6'4/212) punted for the Blue Devils all four years of his college career, setting a Duke school record for career yards per punt (46.5). 88 of Monday's 260 career punts (33.8%) were downed inside the opposing 20-yard line, a mark he improved to 47% as a senior. Monday has NFL-level leg strength, but will need to improve his hang time to last in the pros.
May 3 - 10:24 PM


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