Thomas Sirk still faces a long recovery from the Achilles tendon his ruptured in spring practice. Credit: TAKAAKI IWABU
Football season is officially here in Durham. A few Duke players and head coach David Cutcliffe met with the media earlier this afternoon, and the first practice of the fall will commence tonight at 6:15.
If you missed it, heres a look at four questions the Blue Devils need to address in order to have a successful season. And heres a rundown of the notable injury newsa much shorter list of names than the Blue Devils had at this time last year.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Thomas Sirk continues to be out indefinitely while he recovers from his April 10th surgery to repair his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Cutcliffe doesnt want to rule him out for the season yet, but its safe to say he will not be ready for the Aug. 31st opener against N.C. Central.
Redshirt junior Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo is still rehabbing his left ankle after undergoing surgery May 22. The Blue Devils dont yet know if he will be available for the seasons start, Cutcliffe said. DeWalt-Ondijo is listed as the backup right defensive end on the depth chart, behind Kenny Anunike.
Hes still trying to get well, Cutcliffe said of DeWalt-Ondijo. Hes not yet getting back.
DeWalt-Ondijo has struggled with injuries dating back to a Nov. 2011 game against Virginia in his redshirt freshman year. Its too bad, Cutcliffe said, because DeWalt-Ondijo was one of the fastest young defensive ends prospects he has ever had.
Redshirt Senior Justin Foxx, listed as the starting left defensive end, is practicing but will be limited as he continues to work back from the January knee surgery that kept him out of contact drills in the spring.
Those were the only injuries Cutcliffe mentioned Mondayquite a change from last August, when five projected starters were out indefinitely.
I would love to be one of those teams that everyone is irritated by when you look at them and theyve had the same starting lineup for 12 games, Cutcliffe said. We see that out there on occasion, but we havent come close to that. We have 32 guys on this team that have started at least one game for Duke. Thirty-two! That means way too many people have gotten hurt over the last 2-3 years. We need to slow that down a little bit.