Fourth-year junior defensive tackle who is expected to play an even greater role this season in the middle of the defensive front... listed with the second team unit entering the fall behind senior J.T. Surratt... has played in 18 games over the past two seasons making one start.
2013: Third-year sophomore who played in all 13 games, making one start... credited with 14 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback hurries... credited with a forced fumble at UCF... had a half-tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry against Mississippi State... credited with a tackle for loss against Florida... made the start against Coastal Carolina... named the Most Improved Defensive Lineman at the Garnet & Black Spring Game.
2012: Redshirt freshman defensive tackle... credited with three tackles in five games... had two stops against East Carolina... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Recorded 89 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three blocked kicks as a senior at Manning (S.C.) High School, graduating in 2011... helped his team to the Lower State finals in Class AA... during his four-year career, he totaled 289 tackles, 63 tackles for loss, 29 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and eight blocked kicks... logged 87 tackles with 22 for loss and 10 sacks as a junior... as a sophomore, he collected 70 tackles and 12 sacks... coached by Robbie Briggs... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas (where he recorded a pair of sacks) and in the Offense-Defense All-American Game... regarded as a four-star prospect, the ninth-best defensive tackle, the 101st-best player overall in the country, and the fifth-best player in the state of South Carolina, according to Rivals.com... considered a four-star prospect, the nation's 123rd-best player and the 13th-best defensive tackle, according to Scout.com... a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com... named a PrepStar All-American... also played basketball... considered Clemson, Alabama, and North Carolina before choosing Carolina.
PERSONAL: Phillip Dukes was born January 8, 1992... is pursuing a degree in sociology.