Duke's starting Quarterback, Zach Asack, has been suspended for the entire 2006 football season after being involved in a plagiarism scandal. The rinsing sophomore QB went 90 of 190 for 966 yards with a 5-8 TD-INT ratio last season in 7 games of work, and was expected to help lead a revitalized (if you could call it that) Duke offense this year.
His suspension puts the Duke coaching staff in a bind, especially since last year's backups Mike Shneider and Gene Delle Donne both decided to transfer in the off-season. This leaves only 2 scholarship QBs on Duke's roster, one of whom (Thaddeus Lewis) will be a true freshman. As of right now, the starter looks to be sophomore Marcus Jones, who saw more time as a receiver (11 catches and 1 TD) then as a QB (2-7, 6 yards, 1 INT) last season. Nebraska transfer and former prep-star Curt Dukes, is no longer on the team, leaving this unit with zero experience roughly a month before the season starts.
Three other players were suspended for the season, all of whom were in reserve roles last year. Receiver Deon Adams, Safety Andreas Platt, and lineman Joe Suder were all released from the team by Head Coach Ted Roof.