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Duke still looking for receivers, defensive ends to step up

Duke wraps up practice with its spring showcase on Saturday, airing on ESPN3. The Blue Devils will have a situational scrimmage, rather than use a game format. Here are three keys to watch:

1. Quarterbacks. Thomas Sirk is out indefinitely with a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Parker Boehme, Daniel Jones and Quentin Harris to handle all the reps this spring. Jones and Harris, both redshirt freshmen, have shown an ability to run with the ball, but coach David Cutcliffe says he is looking for more consistency out of all three players. "We've got three guys who can really throw the football," Cutcliffe said. That consistency goes hand-in-hand with the rest of the offense. Duke has been banged up on the offensive line this spring, and at one point had only eight healthy linemen for practice. Then there are the ...

2. Receivers. Cutcliffe said he still is waiting on players to emerge behind Anthony Nash, who has had "a pretty dynamic spring." T.J. Rahming, Keyston Fuller, Trevon Lee, Ryan Smith and Chris Taylor all have opportunities to show coaches they are ready to do more. "A lot to be answered there, but those are good problems because it's not trying to find somebody," Cutcliffe said. "It's trying to see who's going to step up and separate themselves."

3. Defensive end. Cutcliffe also said nobody has really emerged at defensive end this spring. The Blue Devils lost three of their top four players from the two deep a year ago. Returning starter Marquies Price is the only player back with extensive game experience. Allen Jackson, Dominic McDonald, Trevon McSwain, Twazanga Mugala and walk-on Danny Doyle were all mentioned by Cutcliffe as being in the mix. "There are going to be other candidates as we go forward in August," Cutcliffe said. "You want consistency but, you want a playmaker or two or three at the end. We've got to have somebody who can rush off the edge."