Ex-Duke QB Thomas Sirk to play final season at East Carolina

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/213264/" data-ylk="slk:Thomas Sirk">Thomas Sirk</a> has missed two seasons because of Achilles tendon injuries. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Thomas Sirk has missed two seasons because of Achilles tendon injuries. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Thomas Sirk is headed to the AAC.

After an injury-plagued career at Duke, Sirk, a sixth-year senior quarterback, announced Friday that he will play his final season of college football at East Carolina.

Sirk was granted a sixth season of eligibility back in November, but went public with his decision to leave the school as a graduate transfer in February. Sirk missed the entire 2016 season because of an injury to his Achilles tendon — the third of his career.

Sirk was Duke’s starter in 2015 and threw for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading the team with 803 yards and eight scores on the ground. He was primed to return for another year as starter in 2016, but tore his Achilles in February. He then re-aggravated the injury in an effort to return for the start of the season.

In his absence, Daniel Jones emerged as the Blue Devils’ starter, prompting Sirk (who previously missed the 2013 season with another Achilles injury) to look elsewhere.

At East Carolina, he reunites with former Duke offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery, who is now entering his second season as ECU’s head coach. Sirk will likely compete with Gardner Minshew, who usurped the well-traveled Philip Nelson as the ECU’s starter late in the 2016 season. Minshew, who will be a junior in 2017, threw for 1,347 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 58.9 percent of his passes for the Pirates, who finished 3-9.

In addition to East Carolina, Sirk also reportedly visited South Carolina and Southern Miss.

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