Duke quarterback Asack suspended for plagiarism
DURHAM, North Carolina -- Duke coach Ted Roof will have to find a new quarterback this fall.
The university on Wednesday suspended sophomore signal-caller Zack Asack for a violation of school policies. He will miss the 2006 season.
"I am on academic suspension for plagiarism," Asack said. "I made a mistake and am remorseful. I take full responsibility for my actions. I wish the team well and look forward to returning next summer. I love it here at Duke."
A native of Westwood, Massachusetts, Asack started six of the Blue Devils' final seven games last year. He completed 90-of-180 passes for 966 yards with five touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for two more scores for Duke, which went 1-10, including 0-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Sometimes great young men make poor decisions and that is that is the case in this situation," Roof said. "While I certainly don't condone his actions, I have been impressed with the manner in which Zack has handled this issue. I fully support Zack and am confident that he will grow in many areas as a result of this situation.
"When you are part of a family and make an uncharacteristic mistake, you are not kicked out of the family. Zack will remain part of the Duke football family and will be supported by everyone in our program."
While Asack will be eligible to return to Duke in the summer of 2007, three other Blue Devils will not. Roof announced that senior wide receiver Deon Adams, sophomore safety Andreas Platt and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Joe Suder have been dismissed from the program for violating team regulations.