Duke QB Thomas Sirk To Transfer For Sixth Year

    Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is transferring. The Blue Devils will take a depth hit behind new starter Daniel Jones.

    February 27, 2017

    Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is transferring. The Blue Devils will take a depth hit behind new starter Daniel Jones.

    Thomas Sirk’s Duke career has come to an end.

    The quarterback has decided to complete his football eligibility at another school, Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Monday. Sirk was granted a sixth season of eligibility after he suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon before the 2016 season began. He missed the 2013 campaign after suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon in April of that year.

    “First and foremost, we are 100 percent supportive of Thomas and his decision to complete his eligibility at another school,” 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,” Cutcliffe continued. “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.”

    Last May, Sirk graduated with a degree in political science while minoring in education. He is scheduled to complete degree requirements for a master’s degree in liberal studies this spring. Sirk was granted an eligibility extension by the NCAA, so he can play right away at a new school for one final season.

    “I am beyond thankful for my time spent at Duke University,” Sirk said. “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.

    “I am grateful that Coach Cutcliffe believed in me to play quarterback at the next level when not very many people did,” he continued. “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.”

    Duke will allow Sirk to transfer anywhere except the schools in the ACC as well as Army, Baylor, NC Central and Northwestern, who are on the Blue Devils’ schedule this upcoming season.

    The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Florida native started 12 games in 2015 and went 251-of-427 passing for 2,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for a team-best 803 yards and eight scores on 163 attempts. His yardage total ranks as the second-highest single-season total in school history, trailing only Anthony Dilweg’s 3,713 yards in 1988. He guided Duke to a 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, being named the game’s co-MVP along with running back Shaun Wilson as the Blue Devils won their first bowl game since 1961.

    The decision by Sirk to transfer doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Daniel Jones enjoyed a nice redshirt freshman season as the new Blue Devils starting quarterback. He was one of the bright spots of the team’s 4-8 season.

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