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Three To Join Duke Football Early

16-672x372-1DURHAM, N.C. – A trio of student-athletes – Chris Katrenick, Evan Lisle and Marquis Waters – have joined the Blue Devil football program, head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Wednesday in conjunction with the beginning of Duke’s spring semester.

Katrenick, a 6-3, 205-pound quarterback from Algonquin, Ill., is a consensus three-star prospect and rated as the No. 35 pocket passer in the nation by  A first team all-state selection by the Illinois Football Coaches Association in 2016, he completed 143-of-280 pass attempts for 2,223 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions while leading Harry D. Jacobs High School to the Class 7A quarterfinals.

Lisle, a 6-7, 310-pound offensive lineman from Centerville, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State University in December of 2016 with a degree in family resource management.  He played in 26 games for the Buckeyes over the past two seasons as Ohio State compiled a 23-3 ledger with a victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to close the 2015 campaign and a defeat to eventual national champion Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals to cap this past season.Waters, a 6-1, 190-pound defensive back from Delray Beach, Fla., is a consensus three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 66 athlete in the country by  As a senior, he registered four interceptions, nine pass breakups and two caused fumbles to help Atlantic High School to a 9-4 overall record and berth in the Florida High School Athletic Association regional finals.

Duke is scheduled to open Spring Practice on February 3rd/

DaniIEL Jones is the ACC ROW

Daniel Jones Garners ACC ROW Award

DaniIEL Jones is the ACC ROW
Daniel Jones is the ACC ROW

Despite not going to a bowl for the first time in four years, the future is bright for Duke Football.  One of the reasons beyond 16 starters back a season from now will be rising sophomore, Daniel Jones.  The freshman signal caller has once again been named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

ROOKIE – Daniel Jones, Duke, Fr.-r, QB, 6-5, 210, Charlotte, N.C.

Jones completed 34-of-50 (.680) passes for 316 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday’s road loss at Miami. The performance came against a Miami defense that entered the week allowing just 211.7 passing yards per game and had surrendered just 14 total passing touchdowns in 11 games. The 316 passing yards marked the most against the Hurricanes this season. Jones’ 34 completions were a season high, and he recorded his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season. His The 50 pass attempts without an interception set a Duke rookie single-game record.

Thomas Sirk breaks a run

Thomas Sirk Granted a Sixth Year

Thomas Sirk breaks a run
Thomas Sirk breaks a run

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk has been granted an extension of eligibility by the NCAA.  Based on the ruling, Sirk is eligible to participate in the 2017 football season.

“I’m so grateful to have a sixth year to continue my dream of playing college football and, academically, work towards another degree from Duke University,” Sirk said.

Sirk did not play for the Blue Devils this year, which was scheduled to serve as his fifth season of eligibility.  He suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon during a practice on August 25. Despite the injury, he was elected as a team captain for the 2016 season. Sirk had ruptured his left Achilles tendon on February 9 of 2016 and missed the 2013 campaign after suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon in April of that year.

A 6-4, 220-pound native of Glen St. Mary, Fla., Sirk started 12 games in 2015 and completed 251-of-427 (.588) passes for 2,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions while rushing for a team-best 803 yards and eight scores on 163 attempts.  Sirk’s 3,428 total offensive yards rank as the second highest single-season total in school history, trailing only Anthony Dilweg’s 3,713 yards in 1988.

In the ACC, Sirk finished the 2015 season ranking third in total offensive yards per game (285.7), fifth in passing yards per game (218.8) and 10th in rushing yards per game (66.9).  In addition, he guided an offense that was one of just three units in the league to rank among the conference’s top five in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense and passing offense, joining Clemson and North Carolina.

Sirk guided Duke to a 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl by compiling 318 yards of total offense while rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for a third score and was named the game’s co-MVP along with running back Shaun Wilson.


Duke to Face Alabama in 2019

dsc_0825ATLANTA (November 21, 2016) – The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game returns to its ACC-SEC roots to open the 2019 college football season in Atlanta.

The 12th installment of the nation’s longest-running kickoff game will feature the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Duke Blue Devils in the first meeting between the two schools since 2010, an Alabama win in Durham. The Crimson Tide lead the all-time series 2-1, having beaten the Blue Devils in 1972 following a Duke win in 1945.

The game is set for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Kick time and television network are yet to be announced.

“This will be a unique matchup to kick off the 2019 season and an interesting matchup of two accomplished veteran coaches. We expect a bowl-like atmosphere and an exciting opening to another great year of college football,” said Percy Vaughn, Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl chairman.

Alabama will be making its record-sixth appearance in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Crimson Tide hold a 4-0 record in the event and are set to open the 2017 season in Atlanta with a showdown against Florida State. The 2019 appearance will continue the streak of SEC teams appearing in every Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game since 2008.

Duke will be making its debut in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and will be the eighth ACC team to make such an appearance. The Blue Devils return to Atlanta for the first time on a neutral field since their memorable 2013 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl clash with Texas A&M.

“These are two great programs with passionate fan bases that will surely pack the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, creating an incredible atmosphere for college football,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have Alabama back for another Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game and can’t wait to welcome Duke back to Atlanta.”

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game averages more than 67,000 fans for each game – higher than 33 bowl games from last year – and its team payout averages $4.7 million, which is higher than 24 bowl games last season. Television viewership is also traditionally strong with more than 47 million viewers tuning in to the series since 2008.

“We are very excited to have completed an agreement to return to Atlanta for another great season-opening neutral-site game, this time against the Duke Blue Devils in 2019,” said Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle. “Duke’s head coach, David Cutcliffe, has brought consistent success to the Duke program. David is a class act, an Alabama graduate who has been highly successful at every stop in his career. These matchups have been exciting for our fans and very beneficial for the Alabama brand, both athletically and for the University as a whole. We look forward to another great visit to Atlanta and the chance to showcase our program in this contest.”

“This presents Duke Football with a tremendous opportunity to play in a world-class venue against Alabama, which is clearly a gold standard program in college football,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “Duke’s players, coaches, staff and fans love traveling to the great city of Atlanta, and all have enjoyed many magical moments there, including the memorable 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Texas A&M. We look forward to showcasing Duke University on such a national platform, and under the brightest lights of the 2019 college football season.”

“The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is an outstanding event and we are excited to open the 2019 season in Atlanta,” said Nick Saban, Alabama head coach. “We have had the opportunity to play in this game on multiple occasions and it is like a bowl game in terms of the competitive venue that’s created. David Cutcliffe has done an excellent job at Duke, and they will be a really good challenge for our team. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of this first-class event hosted by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Playing in this game has provided great exposure for our football program and has been something our fans have enjoyed attending.”

“For starters, we’re both honored and thrilled to represent Duke University and the Atlantic Coast Conference in this game,” said Duke Head Football Coach David Cutcliffe. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our program, and obviously an incredible challenge facing the University of Alabama. The proud history between the two schools is well documented, as Duke and Alabama have an unparalleled common connection with Coach Wade, along with playing in the 1945 Sugar Bowl and Steve Sloan, who played quarterback under Coach Bryant and later served as the head coach here at Duke. We’re certainly appreciative of Gary Stokan and his team for including us in this event as we know from experience it will be a first class occasion for our players and fans.”

The teams will battle for The Old Leather Helmet Trophy, one of college football’s iconic rivalry-game trophies. Traditionally, winners of The Old Leather Helmet don the helmet on the field after the game, starting with the head coach and then rotating from player to player as the team celebrates its victory.

All tickets to the game will be sold through the university ticket offices.

Past and Future Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game match-ups include:

Year: Match-Up: Winner:
2008 #9 Clemson vs. #24 Alabama Alabama 34-10
2009 #5 Alabama vs. #7 Virginia Tech Alabama 34-24
2010 #16 LSU vs. #18 North Carolina LSU 30-24
2011 #5 Boise State vs. #19 Georgia Boise State 35-21
2012 #25 NC State vs. Tennessee Tennessee 35-21
2012 #14 Clemson vs. #24 Auburn Clemson 26-19
2013 #1 Alabama vs. Virginia Tech Alabama 35-10
2014 #18 Ole Miss vs. Boise State Ole Miss 35-13
2014 #2 Alabama vs. West Virginia Alabama 33-23
2015 #25 Louisville vs. #6 Auburn Auburn 31-24
2016 #18 Georgia vs. #22 North Carolina Georgia 33-24
2017 Alabama vs. Florida State
2017 Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee
2018 Washington vs. Auburn
2019 Alabama vs. Duke

Daniel Jones

More Honors for Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones

NEW ORLEANS – Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Jones continued to collect honors Monday as he was named a Manning Award Star of the Week. This is Jones’ second selection from the Manning Award group as he was honored following the Notre Dame victory in September.

Earlier Monday, Jones was tabbed as the ACC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.

Jones completed 22-of-24 passes (.647) for 240 yards and one touchdown in leading the Blue Devils to a 28-27 victory against No. 15 North Carolina last Thursday. His one scoring throw was a two-yard toss to redshirt sophomore tight end Davis Koppenhaver that provided the game-winning points with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter. Jones finished the contest with a 133.71 efficiency rating, good for the fourth-best rating by a Duke starting quarterback against a ranked opponent during the David Cutcliffe era.

Jones added 16 rushes for 94 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground. He excelled on third down, completing eight-of-10 passes (.800) for 91 yards and eight first downs. Overall, he directed a Duke offense that amassed 27 first downs and 467 total yards, held possession for 37:39 and converted 10-of-17 (.588) third downs, all without a turnover.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, named eight quarterbacks as its “Stars of the Week.” College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 12 noon, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

Manning Award Stars of the Week

Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee

Quinton Flowers, USF

Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Daniel Jones, Duke

Kurt Palandech, UNLV

Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Will Worth, Navy

Duke defeats UNC for Victory Bell

Duke 28 UNC 27 Victory Bell Claimed

The Duke Blue Devils upset 15th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 28-27 in Wallace Wade Stadium,  With the victory Duke claims the coveted Victory Bell and bragging rights for a year.

Duke came into the game as battered a football team as any team in the country.  Six starters were missing from the line up tonight and at the end of the game seven were missing.

Despite that, Duke played with  heart and that propelled them to their first ACC win of the season.  Not only that, they are still in contention for a bowl game but must win out for that to happen.

The Duke offense would outgain the powerful Tar Heels offense 467 yards to 403 in the contest.  Daniel Jones ended the game with one passing touchdown which went to tight end Davis Koppenhaver and he ran for another score gaining 94 yards on the ground.Shaun Wilson added 107 yards rushing and another score, whole T.J. Rahming pulled in 8 passes for 100 yards.

The Blue Devils defense intercepted Mitch Trubisky twice and that doubled his interception total for the entire season.  The Tar Heels pulled within 28-27 on a Nick Weiler field goal.  They were mounting a late drive as well, but a timely interception from Alonzo Saxton sealed the deal as the Blue Devils ran out the clock.

''After the game I was hit with the Gatorade which is always fun.  I told somebody my legs were shaking but it had nothing to do with the cold.  It was from watching our playrs, the joy, the deserved joy,'' stated David Cutcliffe who has now won three of the last five outings versus the Tar Heels.

The game ball went to Bob Harris, the long time voice of the Duke Blue Devils who was calling his last home game.  But that ball could have gone to multiple players on a team that came to play and made Duke fans proud.

''We've known all year that we're  a good team and we had to do what needed to be done and better than how Carolina did,'' said senior A.J. Wolf.

The Blue Devils would go down 14-0 in the game only to allow the Tar Heels one more touchdown and two field goals after the 1st quarter.

Duke defeats UNC for Victory Bell
Duke defeats UNC for Victory Bell

With his 240 passing yards, redshirt freshman Daniel Jones is now owns the Blue Devils all time passing yards record surpassing Thaddeus Lewis.

''He is an outstanding player, a fierce competitor,'' said Cutcliffe of his prodigy.

With the win Duke goes to 4-6 on the season where they travel to Pitt next week.  North Carolina drops to 7-3 and 5-2 in the ACC in a loss that could have knocked them out of a shot at the title game in Charlotte.

It was a good night for Duke and they gained a much needed win. And when you defeat your arch rival on national TV it is always a good recruiting tool.  The bottom line is a lot of young players showed that there is talent in Durham.  And that talent is getting better.

Duke still has plenty to play for this season, but regarless of the outcome, the program is in solid shape for years to come.