Sirk back on the practice field
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Sirk back on the practice field

Blue Devils' quarterback and receivers can work on deep ball

Photo: T.J. Rahming

DURHAM, N.C. – The next step to Duke improving its passing game is in the books. Quarterback Thomas Sirk took to the practice field as planned Monday for the Blue Devils’ first workout of the 2016 season.

“We’ll put him on a little bit of pitch count,” said Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, using a baseball metaphor. “It’s not just how much he throws but how much we fatigue him. I met with (offensive coordinator) Zac Roper, and we have a good plan in that regard. We’ll see how about his day-to-day progress. We won’t have updates until about a week and a half. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

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By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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