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Four takeaways from Spring practice

Expect to see a lot of Max McCaffrey this season. Credit: LIZ CONDO

Duke wrapped up its spring practice period with the annual Blue vs. White game Saturday (recap here if you missed it ). And, to formally bid goodbye to Spring football, here are four more thoughts.

••• There are shades of Conner Vernon in Max McCaffrey

First, a reminder of the definition of the word “shade:” a slight amount of something. McCaffrey is young (rising sophomore) and inexperienced (181 snaps as a freshman and two catches, both at FSU), so it remains to be seen how his spring improvements will transfer to an actual game. But he’s drawn rave reviews and established himself as the clear No. 2 headed into the fall.

Duke backup QB Thomas Sirk sidelined indefinitely

Redshirt freshman QB Thomas Sirk tore his Achilles tendon, putting his 2013 season in serious doubt. Credit: TAKAAKI IWABU

Duke's quarterback depth took a major hit when redshirt freshman quarterback Thomas Sirk ruptured his right Achilles tendon Wednesday. Sirk underwent surgery and will likely miss the 2013 football season, as recoveries typically take 6-9 months.

The injury also leaves Duke in a bind for the Saturday Spring game, as starter Anthony Boone is the only healthy scholarship quarterback (Brandon Connette and incoming freshman QB Parker Boehme are both recovering from offseason surgeries). Junior Mackenzie Sovereign is listed next on the depth chart.

Duke football: Q&A with defensive coordinator Jim Knowles

Kenny Anunike (84), a sixth-year senior, anchors an experienced defensive line. Credit: TAKAAKI IWABU

Continuing the build-up to the April 13th Spring game, here's a Q&A with Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles (if you missed it, a Q&A with offensive coordinator Kurt Roper ran earlier in the week here).

One news note: Ross Cockrell, a first-team all-ACC cornerback from last season, is out with an undisclosed minor injury. He will not play in the Spring game, giving even more exposure and experience to an otherwise extremely young secondary. With that, here's Jim.

How has it been going on defense this spring?

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