Veteran defensive lineman who figures to see regular action in his final campaign... listed with the first-team unit at defensive tackle entering the fall... given the Everyday Hustle award for the defense in the spring... has appeared in 31 games over the past three seasons with a pair of starts... credited with 37 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss.
2014: Appeared in all 13 games... made his lone start in the Independence Bowl win over Miami when J.T. Surratt was sidelined with illness... logged 20 tackles including three tackles for loss... had a two-yard tackle for loss versus East Carolina... credited with two tackles and a forced fumble against Furman... recorded two tackles, including one for a four-yard loss, at Auburn... made three solo stops with one tackle for loss and recovered a fumble against South Alabama.
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... graduated in May with a degree in sociology.