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Mitchell Dukes
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Mitchell  Dukes

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Atlanta, Ga.

High School:
North Atlanta HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 185

Position:
S


Named 2006 Preseason All-Southern Conference second team by the league's coaches.

Was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player during 2006 Spring Drills ... Ranks second on the WCU football all-time vertical jump list with a leap of 38.5 inches and second in the broad jump with a leap of 126 inches ... Took his athletic talent to the track in 2005 as WCU hosted the SoCon Outdoor Championships, placing 10th in the triple jump (39'9.75") in the first and only collegiate competition of his career.

2005 (Jr.): Led the team, ranked third in the SoCon and ranked 21st in the nation with 6.5 sacks (0.78 sacks per game) ... Also paced the team with five pass breakups ... Tied for fourth on the team in tackles, along side All-SoCon safety Primus Glover ... Was second on the team with 10 tackles for losses, ranking 93rd in the nation and seventh in the SoCon ... Helped WCU's defense lead the nation in pass defense and rank fifth in pass efficiency defense while leading the SoCon in total defense ... Versus Chattanooga, had seven tackles ... Of the seven stops, four went for losses including three sacks ... Against Elon, had two pass breakups, including one in the endzone on the final play of the game to preserve the WCU victory ... Started the season by getting seven solo stops versus Mars Hill, including a sack and his first career interception ... Recorded six tackles in the win over Furman ... Capped the season with a career-high 10 tackles at Appalachian State, including two for losses.

2004 (So.): Played in all 11 games, starting the Appalachian State and Citadel games for the injured Primus Glover ... In his second start, tallied a career-high seven tackles at The Citadel, which was the second-highest total by a Catamount that day ... Ended the season with 19 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble ... Helped WCU in two of its better defensive efforts on the season by getting 13-yard sack at Elon and forcing fumble versus Nicholls State ... Had three tackles and two pass breakups versus West Virginia State ... Helped WCU rank 12th nationally in total defense and 15th nationally in pass defense.

2003 (Fr..): Stepped in during his true freshman season and established himself as one of the team's top defensive backs ... Played in eight games, starting twice ... Has the ability to play both corner back and safety ... Was pressed into action in the season opener due to an injury to starting free safety Lamont Reid, facing 14th-ranked NC State and their Heisman Trophy candidate Phillip Rivers ... Had five tackles versus the Wolfpack in his first collegiate action ... Started the next game at Duke, but suffered an injury forcing him to miss the next three games ... Came back for the Furman game, then was injured again the following week at Georgia Southern ... After missing the Wofford game, returned to the lineup to record two stops at Chattanooga ... Capped the season starting versus Gardner-Webb and tying a season high with five stops versus the Bulldogs ... Also versus the Bulldogs, recovered a blocked punt in the endzone, scoring a touchdown and giving the Catamounts an early 10-0 lead.

Prior to Western: Named first team All-City by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Caught 80 passes for 1,129 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career ... As a senior, hauled in 41 passes for 829 yards and eight TDs ... On defense, registered 50 tackles with two interceptions ... Set school records with his 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and accounting for 253 total yards in a single-game ... As a sophomore, caught 39 passes for 400 yards and four TDs to earn honorable mention All-City by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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