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Early Bird 2017
Duke Football BIO
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Sterling Korona
Player Profile:
Sterling Korona 1423837
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 295
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: San Antonio, Texas
High School: Ronald Reagan

2017: Charted as the second string left offensive tackle behind returning starter Gabe Brandner ... has played both guard and tackle during Duke tenure ... in 23 career games, has played 389 total snaps ... joins OT Robert Kraeling, OT Patrick Leitten, OT Evan Lisle, OT Jacob Rimmer and OT Reno Rosene as the tallest members of the program at 6'7”.

2016: Played in 11 games with one start ... missed the Georgia Tech contest ... earned starting assignment in place of injured Gabe Brandner at left tackle in the season finale at Miami ... part of a Blue Devil offensive line that helped Duke finish the season as one of four ACC schools to complete at least 62 percent of its pass attempts along with a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio, joining Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech ... helped the Blue Devils rank fourth in the ACC in third down percentage during league play ... member of Duke's offensive front that helped produce four 200-200 performances as the Blue Devils posted 200+ rushing and 200+ passing yards versus N.C. Central, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and North Carolina ... helped open holes for a rushing attack that gained 227 yards versus No. 15 North Carolina, 227 yards against No. 23 Virginia Tech and 254 yards at Georgia Tech, marking the first time during head coach David Cutcliffe's tenure that the Blue Devils carded three consecutive games of 200+ rushing yards against ACC opponents ... part of a Duke offensive unit that was the lone ACC squad to have zero turnovers in the red zone in league action ... contributed to the success of QB Daniel Jones, who finished second in the balloting for ACC Rookie of the Year honors after setting or matching 23 school records including most total offensive yards by a freshman (3,322) ... helped open holes for RBs Jela Duncan and Shaun Wilson, who combined to rush for 1,073 yards and 10 TDs ... aided the Duke rushing attack that was one of two in the ACC to have three players with 450+ yards and 4+ TDs on the year, joining Georgia Tech ... on the field for 216 snaps.

2015: Played in seven games ... saw action against Tulane, N.C. Central, Georgia Tech, Army West Point, Miami, North Carolina and Indiana ... on the field for 111 total snaps.

2014: Played in five games ... saw action against Elon, Kansas, Tulane, Syracuse and North Carolina ... on the field for 62 total snaps.

2013: Did not see game action ... recipient of the program's Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award which is presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Two-year letterman at Ronald Reagan High School under coach David Wetzel ... helped Ronald Reagan to a two-year record of 19-6 with a pair of state playoff appearances ... charted as the No. 68 offensive tackle in the nation by both ESPN.com and 247Sports.com ... Texas Class 5A All-Super Team choice and all-area selection by the San Antonio Express-News following senior season ... Texas District 26-5A first team all-district pick and team offensive MVP in 2012 ... also participated in track and field.

PERSONAL: Born November 8, 1994 ... majoring in history while minoring in psychology and pursuing a certificate in markets and management ... son of Laura Korona-Ureste and Mark Ureste.

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