Virginia Tech hits the road this week to take on East Carolina, and they are doing so without starting right corner back Adonis Alexander. Hokies head coach Justin Fuente announced Alexander is not traveling with the team this weekend. Without spilling the details for why Alexander is not traveling with the team, Fuente strongly suggested Alexander was in violation of team rules.
“We will continue to uphold the exemplary standards of Virgina Tech football,” Fuente said in a brief statement. “Integrity, trust, and teamwork remain the foundation of this program and that will not change. Adonis has not lived up to our expectations at Virginia Tech.”
Alexander has started each of Virginia Tech’s first two games of the season and has accumulated 14 tackles and three pass breakups. With Adonis not making the trip to East Carolina this weekend, Virginia Tech will likely slide his backup, Brandon Facyson into the starting role. The redshirt senior has one tackle in the first two games of the year.
No team ever wants to go into a game without a starting cornerback, but the Hokies should be OK in this road contest. The Pirates have the nation’s 20th-ranked passing offense with 310.0 passing yards per game through the first two weeks, but Thomas Sirk has just one touchdown and four interceptions and Gardner Minshew has also been picked off once with one touchdown. Given the early season struggles for the Pirates, East Carolina has both quarterback options listed as potential starters as they continue to figure out how to move the football with any consistency.
Virginia Tech and East Carolina will meet at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on CBS Sports Network.
Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is leaving Durham in search of a new place to play football in his final year of eligibility. Duke announced Monday morning Sirk will transfer in 2017.
Sirk was recently declared a no-go for Duke’s spring football practices as he returns from an Achilles injury suffered last season. Sirk was granted an extra year of eligibility, his sixth, from the NCAA last November. It will be his final year of eligibility.
Sirk was Duke’s leading passer in 2015 with 2,625 passing yards and 16 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He was also Duke’s leading rusher that season with 803 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Naturally, he will likely be a quality dual-threat option for whatever program lands his services in 2017. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play this fall at any FBS program.
Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk will be back in Durham to play for the Blue Devils next season. The NCAA has granted him an extra year of eligibility to allow him to play in 2017 after sitting out the entire 2016 season with a partial Achilles tendon tear.
“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 in a released statement.
Duke announced Sirk underwent a season-ending surgery back in September. He was one of three Duke players to undergo a season-ending surgery, joining freshmen safety Javon Jackson and defensive tackle Zach Morris. At the time, it was unknown if Sirk would pursue a sixth year of eligibility with an NCAA waiver, although it was expected he would be nearly certain to receive approval for a waiver if he applied. Sirk missed the entire 2013 season with an Achilles injury.
Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk will be out of offseason workouts indefinitely after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon this morning. The school announced via Twitter he is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.
Sirk led the Blue Devils in passing in 2015 with 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 58.8 percent of his pass attempts. Sirk was also intercepted eight times and was a bit of a mobile threat for Duke. Sirk rushed for 803 yards and eight touchdowns, both good for leading Duke’s rushing attack last season.
In the absence of Sirk, that should give Parker Boehme, a redshirt sophomore, and Nicodem Pierre, a freshman in 2015, a chance to get some extra reps in spring football practices. Duke is scheduled to open spring football practices on March 5, which is later than the team has typically opened spring practices. Duke is not scheduled to have a traditional spring game but will have a spring football event on April 9.
Looking to keep pace with Pittsburgh, who won earlier in the afternoon, Duke is looking to get out of Blacksburg with a win to remain in a tie for first place in the ACC Coastal. So far, so good for the Blue Devils, who lead Virginia Tech 14-10 at the half.
Duke opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by a Max McCaffrey touchdown pass from Thomas Sirk from the one-yard line for a 7-0 lead. Virginia Tech answered with a 78-yard touchdown drive ending with a 16-yard pass to Bucky Hodges from Michael Brewer on the ensuing possession. Duke used the Sirk-to-McCaffrey combo once more to regain the lead in the first quarter just six plays later.
Duke is playing just its third ACC game of the season. Pittsburgh has jumped out to a 4-0 start in ACC play after edging Syracuse earlier in the day. North Carolina is also off to an undefeated start and looking for a road win in Virginia against the Cavaliers. The Blue Devils are 7-of-11 on third downs. If that continues, Virginia Tech’s defense coudl start losing steam in the second half.