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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Duke
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  07/15/21 - Mataeo DurantSr/2022, Duke, 6-1, 195 (DS#51 RB) + More +

  As Mataeo Durant starred as a running back and safety at Class 1A McCormick High School, many around South Carolina wondered if he would transfer somewhere larger to boost his resume for college recruiters. Durant, though, was already in a larger place. "My small town that I come from? 80 people," Durant said. Tiny Plum Branch, South Carolina, with its 87 residents, is located six miles south of McCormick, the biggest town in McCormick County with a whopping 2,992 residents.

Durant's rural home is a couple miles from the Savannah River, which forms the South Carolina-Georgia border in that part of the state. But finding a bridge to cross it means driving 12 miles to the north and west on U.S. 378, or 15 miles south on U.S. 221 toward Augusta. Still, those college recruiters found him back in 2016 and 2017. They discovered a player who'd dreamed of playing college football since he'd made the 80-mile trip to Clemson with an uncle to watch the Tigers play as a young boy. - Herald Sun


(DS#51 RB) Sr/2022 RB Mataeo DurantDuke
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  03/18/21 - Mataeo DurantSr/2022, Duke, 6-1, 195 (DS#51 RB) + More +

  After two weeks away from the practice field due to a COVID-19 cluster, Duke football is ready to safely resume spring practice. With enough players having cleared their quarantines following positive tests and contact tracing, the Blue Devils plan to hold their fourth spring practice session Wednesday, athletics department spokesman Art Chase said. Duke started spring practice Feb.26 and last practiced on March 3. The postponed practices scheduled for March 5 and March 6 and announced the program was officially on pause March 9. In total, five practice sessions were postponed during the pause. The team plans to make them up, allowing Duke to use the full 15 spring practice sessions allowed under NCAA rules. Duke has practices scheduled for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week. - Herald Sun

(DS#51 RB) Sr/2022 RB Mataeo DurantDuke
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  01/28/21 - Dominique LongrSr/2022, Duke, 6-1, 195 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Dominique Long became the latest Michigan State football player to enter the transfer portal Wednesday. After the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to fall sports athletes, the senior special teams standout has signaled he will try to use it at another school. Long is the 16th member of the 2020 team to leave the program since mid-November as the Spartans continue a roster overhaul with head coach Mel Tucker approaching the one-year anniversary of his hiring. During his career in East Lansing, Long appeared in 44 games and produced 51 tackles. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Dominique LongDuke
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  12/31/20 - Victor DimukejeSr/2021, Duke, 6-2, 262 (DS#16 DE) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): DE - Victor Dimukeje, Duke, 43,...Dimukeje, a 6-3, 265-pound senior from Baltimore, Md., concluded his final season with 44 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and five quarterback pressures. He finished fourth in the ACC in sacks and ninth in tackles for loss. He posted two multi-sack games this season vs. Boston College and Syracuse, while registering four games with 1.5-plus tackles for loss.

In Duke's game against Boston College, Dimukeje tallied 3.5 sacks to match teammate Rumph II for the second-most in program history for a single game. His 7.5 season sacks also place him eighth for a single season. Finally, he will graduate second all-time at Duke in career sacks with 21.5 and tied for eighth with 36.0 career tackles for loss. - Duke Football

(DS#16 DE) Sr/2021 DE Victor DimukejeDuke
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  12/31/20 - Michael Carter IISr/2021, Duke, 5-10, 184 (DS#11 FS) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): S - Michael Carter II, Duke, 45,...Carter II, a 5-11, 190-pound senior from Douglasville, Ga., garnered 41 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and eight pass breakups this past season. He finished tied for ninth in the ACC in passes defended with 10. Carter II also earned a season best eight tackles against Charlotte and accumulated three-plus tackles six times on the year. For his career, he recorded 24 pass breakups, which places him tied with Quinton McCracken (1988-91) for 10th all-time in program history. - Duke Football

(DS#11 FS) Sr/2021 FS Michael Carter IIDuke
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  12/31/20 - *Chris Rumph IIrJr/2021, Duke, 6-3, 237 (DS#12 OLB) + More +

  2020 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DE - Chris Rumph II, Duke, 95,...Rumph II, a 6-4, 235-pound redshirt junior from Gainesville, Fla., ranked second in the ACC in sacks and seventh in tackles for loss. He finished the year with 53 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one caused fumble, and one fumble recovery. His 8.0 sacks place him tied with Chris Combs (1996) for sixth all-time on Duke's single season chart. - Duke Football

(DS#12 OLB) rJr/2021 OLB *Chris Rumph IIDuke
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  12/10/20 - John TaylorrSr/2022, Duke, 6-2, 210 (DS#17 LS) + More +

  2020 PATRICK MANNELLY AWARD SEMIFINALIST: John Taylor, Duke,...Taylor, a native of Snellville, Ga., has seen action in 34 career games and has played 192 snaps. The 6-2, 210-pound senior has been the primary short snapper for the Blue Devils the last three seasons and picked up long snapping duties in 2020 as well. This year, Taylor has teamed up with redshirt freshmen punter Porter Wilson and kicker Charlie Ham, who were both named earlier this week semifinalists for the Ray Guy and Lou Groza Awards, respectively. Wilson has booted 48 punts for 2,072 yards, averaging 43.17 yards per punt, while Ham has converted 13-of-15 field goal attempts. - Duke Football

(DS#17 LS) rSr/2022 LS John TaylorDuke
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  12/08/20 - Victor DimukejeSr/2021, Duke, 6-2, 262 (DS#16 DE) + More +

  2020 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke,...in 38 career games (38 starts), has 122 tackles, 24.5 TFL, 14.0 sacks, one INT, three caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two PBUs and 23 QB pressures...owns 24 games with 3+ tackles and eight outings with 5+ stops, including a career-high eight tackles against Wake Forest in 2019. - Duke Football

(DS#16 DE) Sr/2021 DE Victor DimukejeDuke
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  12/08/20 - Charlie HamrSo/2024, Duke, 6-1, 180 (DS#14 K) + More +

  2020 LOU GROZA COLLEGIATE PLACE-KICKER AWARD NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST: Charlie Ham - Duke,...In Duke's 10 games so far in 2020, Ham has converted 13-of-15 field goal attempts. The 47-yarder was a career long for the Atlanta, Ga., native. Because of Ham's accuracy, he is second in the ACC and 18th in the country with a .867 field goal percentage. His 13 made field goals have him tied for ninth in the country with two others as well. - Duke Football

(DS#14 K) rSo/2024 K Charlie HamDuke
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  12/08/20 - Porter WilsonrSo/2024, Duke, 6-5, 225 (DS#10 P) + More +

  2020 RAY GUY AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Porter Wilson, Duke,...A native of Fairlawn, Ohio, Wilson stepped into the starting role in 2020 after former All-ACC punter Austin Parker graduated. In his first year taking the reins, Wilson has booted 48 punts for 2,072 yards, averaging 43.17 yards per punt. He has impressively pinned 21 punts inside the 20-yard line and boasts 11 punts of 50-plus yards. Only 15 of his 48 punts have been returned this season for a total of six yards to average 0.40 yards per return. - Duke Football

(DS#10 P) rSo/2024 P Porter WilsonDuke
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  12/07/20 - Porter WilsonrSo/2024, Duke, 6-5, 225 (DS#10 P) + More +

  DEC 7 ACC CO-SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Porter Wilson, Duke, R-Fr., P, Fairlawn, Ohio,...Punted seven times for 312 yards (44.6-yard average) in Saturday night's loss to Miami...Six punts were downed inside the Miami 20 yard line, and the seventh was a 52-yarder that resulted in a touchback...Four of his punts covered more than 50 yards. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#10 P) rSo/2024 P Porter WilsonDuke
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  11/02/20 - Isaiah Fisher-SmithSo/2024, Duke, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  NOV 2 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Isaiah Fisher-Smith, Duke, Fr., S, Greensboro, N.C.,...Blocked one punt and recovered a second, leading to 10 total points in the Blue Devils' 53-19 win over visiting Charlotte...With Duke leading 7-0 midway through the first quarter, blocked a punt that led to a field goal...With Duke leading 24-7 early in the third quarter, recovered a blocked punt at the Charlotte 5 to set up Deon Jackson's touchdown run on the next play. - ACC Football

(DS#999 SS) So/2024 SS Isaiah Fisher-SmithDuke
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  10/31/20 - Mataeo DurantSr/2022, Duke, 6-1, 195 (DS#51 RB) + More +

  Mataeo Durant and Deon Jackson both scored on a pair of touchdown runs as Duke, aided by short scoring drives, defeated Charlotte 53-19 on Saturday night. Duke's Isaiah Fisher-Smith blocked two punts that set up quick scoring possessions for the Blue Devils (2-5), who won for the first time in three home games this season. Durant gained 104 yards on 12 carries and Jackson picked up 101 yards rushing on 10 attempts. Chase Brice completed 8 of 14 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. None of Duke's scoring possessions took longer than eight plays, and five of those consisted of four or fewer plays. - AP College Football

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  10/26/20 - Mark GilbertrSr/2021, Duke, 6-0, 186 (DS#58 CB) + More +

  Duke center Will Taylor will be out indefinitely due to surgery on his right knee. Taylor is scheduled to have the procedure Tuesday for an injury sustained in the Oct. 17 loss at North Carolina State. The redshirt junior took over as the starting center after Duke lost starter Jack Wohlabaugh to a preseason knee injury. The school also announced Monday that redshirt senior cornerback Mark Gilbert won't return this season as he begins preparing for the NFL draft. Gilbert started the first two games before needing surgery in September to remove a loose bone fragment in his right foot. Gilbert was an Associated Press all-Atlantic Conference first-team pick in 2017 before going down with a season-ending hip injury in 2018. He missed the 2019 season while recovering from that injury. Duke hosts Charlotte on Saturday in its lone nonconference game. - AP College Football

(DS#58 CB) rSr/2021 CB Mark GilbertDuke
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  10/20/20 - Lummie Young IVrSr/2022, Duke, 6-0, 205 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Just as Devin Leary was starting to heat up, the N.C. State quarterback might be out for a length of time. Leary took a hit from Duke's Lummie Young IV in the third quarter and it didn't look good for the redshirt sophomore. As Leary went to slide, Young hit Leary near the head. Leary tried to get up, but fell to the group. Young's hit caused Leary's foot to bend in an awkward direction. The N.C. State medical staff immediately put a cast on Leary's left foot and he was carted off the field. Young was ejected for the hit. - Raleigh News Observer

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Lummie Young IVDuke
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