Garnet & Black Spring Game Set for April 13
Third-year sophomore defensive tackle who needed a big spring to elevate him into regular duty this fall... responded by being named the Most Improved Defensive Lineman at the Garnet & Black Spring Game... listed with the second-team unit entering the fall behind junior Kelcy Quarles.
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 in Myrtle Beach... regarded as a four-star prospect, the ninth-best defensive tackle and 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... considered a PrepStar All-American... also played basketball at Manning... considered Clemson, Alabama, and North Carolina before casting his lot with South Carolina.
PERSONAL: Phillip Dukes was born January 8, 1992... is pursuing a degree in sociology.