3 takeaways from Duke spring football

Duke wrapped up spring practice before the school’s more famed basketball team got around to participating in March Madness.

Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe had plenty of work to do after his team went 4-8 last season. Last fall marked the first time since 2011 that Duke failed to make a bowl game.

Having not played since losing at Miami on Nov. 26, the Blue Devils started spring practice on Feb. 3. They then held their spring showcase event on March 4 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

In between, Duke said goodbye to two key linemen; last month, Cutcliffe kicked junior defensive end Marquies Price and defensive tackle Brandon Boyce off the team for failing to live up to program standards.

Redshirt senior quarterback Thomas Sirk also left the team. With redshirt sophomore Daniel Jones entrenched as the starting quarterback, Sirk decided to take the graduate transfer route to complete his career elsewhere.

Despite all of that upheaval, the Blue Devils showed potential to be strong in a couple of areas while knowing there’s work to do in others.

Here are three takeaways from Duke’s spring practice:

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