Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle
6'3", 315 lbs.
4 stars, 14th-ranked defensive tackle in the 2011 class
Other offers: North Carolina, Alabama, Clemson, Auburn
Dukes redshirted in 2011 and saw limited action in 5 games in 2012.
5 games played, 3 tackles
The rumor about Dukes is that he didn't respond very well to Brad Lawing's "no nonsense" coaching techniques and that Deke Adams' arrival in Columbia has sparked a turnaround for the former four-star prospect after two seasons of giving you no reason to remember that he was the fourth-highest rated player in the Jadeveon Clowney signing class.
Dukes was listed behind Kelcy Quarles on the spring depth chart, but the big redshirt sophomore is also battling Gerald Dixon, Jr. to unseat J.T. Surratt at the other defensive tackle position. If nothing else, Dukes will add nice depth on the interior line while positioning himself to compete for a starting position in 2014 and 2015.
Dukes was recognized as the most improved defensive lineman at the 2013 spring game.
Social Media Scouting Report:
You know how you lie awake at night just wishing there was a way to know what Phillip Dukes is watching at any given moment? BOY, DO I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU!
Swamp people.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) July 12, 2013
Watching pawn stars.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) July 12, 2013
Watching Martin.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) July 11, 2013
Watching the game.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) July 10, 2013
Watching some cartoons.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) July 2, 2013
Watching norbit.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) June 20, 2013
White chicks is on.— phillip dukes (@phillipdukes52) June 13, 2013
Possible Todd Ellis play-by-play call:
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Phillip Dukes broke through the line and just CLOBBERED Aaron Murray. You've got to let Phillip eat until he is FILLED. UP.