Veteran defensive tackle who figures to see regular action in his final campaign... listed with the first-team unit entering the spring... has appeared in 31 games over the past three seasons with 37 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss... has made a pair of starts.
2014: Appeared in all 13 games... made his lone start in the Independence Bowl win over Miami when J.T. Surratt was sidelined... 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... is pursuing a degree in sociology.