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  The story behind Wardalis Ducksworth's name starts with his great grandfather Wardelle. The Memphis defensive lineman heard the stories growing up about how hard Wardelle worked to raise his family in Mississippi. "He was a big dude. He hauled pulpwood," Ducksworth said. It was a family tradition along with inheriting names. Ducksworth's younger brother is named Fondarious and has an uncle named Cardelle. At Mize High School, classmates couldn't pronounce Wardalis (War-day-liss) so he was called "Duck," a nickname that's carried over with Memphis defensive coordinator Mike MacIntyre.

Now the 6-foot-4, 246-pound junior is making a bigger name getting to the quarterback. Ducksworth hasn't started a game this season for the Tigers (4-2), but he shares the team lead with four sacks along with O'Bryan Goodson and Joseph Dorceus. Ducksworth, who played three games last season before redshirting, also has a sack in three consecutive games, all coming on third down. MacIntyre has used Ducksworth on first and second down but with his length and athleticism, he's been an asset on third-down packages "He's kind of slippery, if that makes sense," MacIntyre said. "He's able to get to his hands on the guys and his length on the guards has really helped him. He's done an excellent job of running our games correctly." - Memphis Commercial Appeal

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