DURHAM — Duke football coach David Cutcliffe took notice of something in particular when the team’s spring session began this week.

“We had as much energy and effort and intensity as I’ve seen at Duke,” he said.

It’s no wonder.

“I don’t think anybody here liked going 5-7,” Cutcliffe said.

So the Blue Devils are back to work, with a couple of quarterbacks going full tilt.

Chris Katrenick is the designated first stringer for now, while Gunnar Holmberg is back from an injury that sacked his 2019 season

Not part of the spring is the potential starter at quarterback: Chase Brice, who’ll arrive from Clemson as a graduate transfer. He’s still a Clemson student, finishing work toward a degree.

For Katrenick and Holmberg, the snaps they take could go a long way in solidifying their roles.

“Now is the time,” Cutcliffe said of making good impressions.

Cutcliffe said Holmberg, who had August surgery on his right knee, is understandably rusty.

There has been a casualty already at the thin running back position. Rising sophomore Jaylen Coleman was set for surgery after sustaining a ruptured left Achilles tendon in Monday’s opening practice. Coleman had 15 carries for 42 yards last year.

That leaves the Blue Devils with three available running backs for the spring workouts, with Cutcliffe pointing out he’ll make maneuvers with personnel at least in the short term.

Across the board, there’s plenty to sort out.

“I would call this depth chart fluid,” Cutcliffe said. “There’s opportunity there.”

The Blue Devils will hold their annual spring showcase April 4, though the team has two workouts scheduled after that.