Duke QB Daniel Jones takes over
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Duke QB Daniel Jones takes over

Redshirt freshman replaces injured Thomas Sirk for season opener

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DURHAM, N.C. – Daniel Jones met with the media for the first time as Duke’s new starting quarterback on Tuesday afternoon at the Brooks Building. He’s not on the scout team anymore.

The redshirt freshman has been thrust into the starting role for the season opener against North Carolina Central Saturday night at Wallace Wade Stadium. He had been competing for the No. 2 spot until Aug. 25, when returning starter Thomas Sirk re-injured his Achilles’ tendon to end his season. ... 

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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 Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com 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.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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