Duke Ihenacho, SS

School: San Jose State  |  Conference: WAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Carson, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 213 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2011 Season
In 2011, Ihenacho was credited with 73 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one of which he scored a touchdown, and a pass interception. He was a first-team All-WAC player in 2008 as a sophomore linebacker and in 2009 and 2011 as a defensive back.
2010 Season
Played only in the Alabama (9/4) and Southern Utah (9/18) games before a season-ending injury forced him to the sidelines...Credited with a forced fumble that prevented a touchdown in the opener at Alabama (9/4)...Was in on 8 tackles for the season...One tackle for loss came in the Alabama contest...A pass break-up and four tackles in the Southern Utah victory.
2009 Season
ALL-WAC First Team (Coaches)...one of five conference players to repeat as a first-team choice by the nine WAC head coaches to vote on the post-season awards...He was second on the 2009 Spartans in total tackles with 89, broke up six passes, forced two fumbles, recovered one and intercepted one pass.
2008 Season
Became the first known brother tandem in NCAA history to lead the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) or Division I-A in separate major statistical categories in the same week...Following the games played on October 18, Duke shared the national lead with four interceptions in seven games and Carl tied for the top spot in tackles for loss with 14.0...Finished 2008 as the WAC leader in interceptions at 0.42 per game and was 19th nationally...Was the first of 12 FBS players among the top 100 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in 2008...One of only two defensive players to score touchdowns via interceptions in back-to-back games...43-yard touchdown return in the Utah State win (10/11) and 43-yard score in the New Mexico State victory (10/18)...His two interceptions in the Utah State win were the only time in 2008 a Spartan had two thefts in a game...Fifth on the Spartans with 66 tackles...Had a pair of double-digit tackle games...Season-high 13 stops (6 solo, 7 assisted) with 2.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery against Boise State (10/24)...11 tackles (3 solo, 8 assisted) against Louisiana Tech (11/8)...Notched 3.0 tackles for loss at Nevada (11/15).
High School
Rated #54 nationally as a safety by Scout.com...An All-West Region pick by PrepStar...Also was an All-C.I.F. and two-time all-league choice for Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. (Coach Scott Altenberg)...Credited with 73 tackles, five pass break-ups and one interception on defense... Caught 17 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown as a wide receiver in 2006... As a junior, he was fifth on the team in tackles with 50, broke up 11 passes, was credited with three fumble recoveries and intercepted two passes... Also returned punts and averaged 10.4 yards per return...Ihenacho was a three-sport letterwinner who played basketball his freshman and sophomore seasons...Was a long jumper and triple jumper on the track and field team...Finished second in the triple jump at the C.I.F. Southern Section meet as a senior.
Psychology major...Younger brother of San Jose State defensive end Carl Ihenacho... Was the first in the family to become interested in football...Still only in his third year playing the game...The native of Torrance, Calif., will be the youngest player on the 2007 team, turning 18-years-old in 2007.
Latest News
03/22/2012 - Pro Day for football players is unlike any job interview one will go through in their lives, and for most of the nineteen former SJSU football players, this was their debut in front of National Football League representatives. Knowing that professional football scouts are watching the players' every move is a rarity in the domestic job hunt. "What you are trying to get out here is the sense of a job interview," long snapper Ben Zorn said. "You're trying to get an invitation for a personal workout." The job interview that occurs for players on Pro Day is based on numbers, and the desired job is a multi-million dollar NFL contract and the chance to play in front of millions of television viewers. "There can be a little pressure," safety Duke Ihenacho said. "If you're around the right people that support you, there's more support than pressure. You don't want to let anybody down, but you know that when push comes to shove that they want you to do well." To add even more pressure, proud SJSU alumnus and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia was in attendance, dawning the familiar Spartan logo on his hat as he looked on at the action. Pro Day is for college seniors and consists of a rigorous set of workouts and drills that players must perform in front of interested NFL scouts and coaches. Ihenacho, cornerback Brandon Driver, wide receiver Mike Avila and last season's team MVP, quarterback Matt Faulkner, were all included, and every player suited up ready to impress the NFL scouts and onlookers. "You got to impress (the scouts)," Ihenacho said. "They're the guys that report back to the head coaches and assistant coaches, and they get paid a lot of money to evaluate everything about you, so you definitely got to impress them, because that's what we're here for." - Spartan Daily

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