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Nose Guard
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 295
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Durham, N.C.
High School: Jordan
Experience: SQ


Reserve defensive tackle ... provides experienced depth behind returning starter Vince Oghobaase ... has played in all 24 games over the past two seasons.

2008: Appeared in all 12 games with one start against Wake Forest ... registered 21 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry on the season ... tallied three tackles, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery at Wake Forest ... also had three tackles against James Madison ... posted two or more tackles in seven contests and had at least one tackle in every game ... ended the year with 339 total snaps played, including five games with 30 or more ... played 55 snaps at Wake Forest.

2007: Played in all 12 games with one start ... earned a start as a fifth defensive lineman at Virginia ... finished the season with 28 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one quarterback pressure ... top outing came against Virginia Tech with five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... added one sack against Clemson and half-sacks versus both Wake Forest and Georgia Tech ... recorded four tackles at Northwestern and Miami ... played a total of 445 snaps with 368 on defense and 77 on special teams ... saw action on 20 or more plays in 10 of the 12 games with 50 against Virginia Tech and 61 at Florida State.

2006: Did not see game action.

2005: Did not see game action.

Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Jordan under Mike Briggs ... represented North Carolina in the 68th annual Shrine Bowl ... helped Jordan to 22 wins over three seasons and three straight state playoff berths ... earned the Golden Helmet Award as Jordan’s MVP as a senior after registering 95 tackles and 11 sacks on defense ... returned three kicks for TDs ... in junior season, logged 74 tackles and 10 sacks ... credited with 89 tackles and 10 sacks as a sophomore ... also played basketball.

Personal: Son of Marilyn and Roger Rucker ... born April 9, 1987.
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