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Kevin Dukes
Kevin Dukes

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
River Ridge, LA

High School:
John Curtis High School

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 201

Position:
Strong Safety

Birthdate:
08/06/1976


1998: Played in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker and a special teams member ... Had a season-high four tackles against both Navy and Louisiana Tech ... One of the hardest hitters on the team, with bone-crushing blows against Cincinnati and Louisville ... Had three sacks, one each against SMU, Louisville and USL.

1997: Played in nine games at strong safety, starting five ... Missed USL game with bruised sternum and did not play in finale at Houston because of sprained knee ... Started Tulane on its way to huge interception total with pair of pickoffs in opener vs. Cincinnati ... Also had pick vs. East Carolina ... Ranked tied for fifth in Conference USA in interceptions per game ... Had 24 tackles, 18 unassisted ... Also had one tackle for loss ... Made season-high eight stops vs. Rice ... Had 78-yard fumble return for touchdown in third spring scrimmage.

1996: Named to Conference USA all-freshman team ... Started seven games at strong safety ... Ranked eighth on squad in tackles with 49, including 35 unassisted ... Had four tackles for 45 yards in losses ... Also caused two fumbles, recovered another and broke up two passes ... Had seven tackles in first career start at Memphis ... Season-best nine tackles vs. Syracuse ... Had eight stops each vs. Louisville, Southern Miss ... Enrolled at Tulane in January and went through spring drills ... Moved from running back to secondary prior to spring practice.

HIGH SCHOOL: John Curtis High School, River Ridge, La., ... Ranked No. 22 running back in Southeast by Pigskin Preps ... Honorable mention "Super Dozen" selection by Baton Rouge Advocate ... Named to Tom Lemming's All-Southwest team ... Three-year starter ... Played defensive end as sophomore before moving to running back ... Rushed for 1,369 yards on 148 carries with 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Had same rushing total (1,369) as a junior on 200 carries with 19 TDs ... Named all-district both years ... Three-time state weightlifting champ ... Also played basketball and baseball and ran track ... Coached by J.T. Curtis ... Also considered Alabama and Southern.

PERSONAL: Kevin Wayne Dukes Jr. ... Born Aug. 6, 1976 in Metairie, La.. . . Son of Tammy and Kevin Dukes ... Major is computer information systems.

Dukes' Career Defensive Stats

YEAR     G/GS  TT  UT  AT  TFL-YDS QBS-YDS FF/FR PD INT-YDS
1996    10/7   49  35  14    4-45    0-0    2/1   2   0-0
1997     9/5   24  18   6    1-5     0-0    0/0   2   0-0
1998    12/0   28  13  15    0-0     3-32   1/0   0   0-0
Totals  31/12 101  66  35    5-50    3-32   3/1   4   0-0