2017 NFL Draft

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.
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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

03/22/2012 - San Jose State Pro Day: San Jose State safety Duke Ihenacho posted solid numbers at the 2012 Scouting Combine but he and those close to him knew he could do better. The three-time All-WAC Ihenacho certainly did that Wednesday at his Pro Day, putting up numbers to rival any safety tested in Indianapolis this year. Ihenacho was clocked at 4.51 and 4.52 in the 40-yard dash Wednesday, down significantly from the 4.68 that was given as his "official" time from the Combine and within one-hundredth of the time South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson was credited with as the position leader in 2012. Ihenacho also showed great improvement in the vertical jump, going from a solid 35" effort in Indianapolis to a 39.5" vault that would have led all safeties at the Combine. He also added an inch to his Combine broad jump of 10'2" Wednesday. Ihenacho's workout numbers are impressive - but unlike some of the other workout warriors that occasionally pop up in on campus Pro Day workouts, Ihenacho has proven his ability on the field, as well. Ihenacho first earned All-WAC honors as a sophomore linebacker. He earned the accolades in 2009 and 2011, as well, as a safety. In between Ihenacho missed virtually all of the 2010 season with a broken left foot. The 6-0, 213 pound Ihenacho left San Jose State with a reputation as a big hitter and a playmaker. With limited help around him, Ihenacho helped cause 13 turnovers (seven interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) over his career and is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 strong safety for the 2012 draft. Considering his production and workout, frankly, that's probably too low. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2012 - Safety Duke Ihenacho, the first San Jose State University football player to be a three-time, first-team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) selection, recently accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game. The Shrine Game is on January 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. (EST) and with live cable television coverage on the NFL Network. Ihenacho is the 44th Spartan scheduled to play in the longest running college football all-star game that dates back to 1925. For many years, the Shrine Game was played at San Francisco Bay Area venues since its inception through 2005. 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. - San Jose State football

12/06/2011 - 2011 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB-Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State, Sr., has been selected All-WAC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the WAC's eight head coaches. Ihenacho is just the fourth San Jose State football player to be named a first-team all-conference choice three-times in the Spartans' 41 years of conference affiliation dating back to 1970. Linebacker Carl Ekern (1973, 1974, 1975), defensive lineman Wilson Faumuina (1974, 1975 and 1976) and defensive back Gerald Small (1975, 1976, 1977) were three-time, first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) selections. - San Jose State football

09/10/2011 - Safety Duke Ihenacho will likely receive medical clearance to play against UCLA on Sept. 10, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Ihenacho was held out of the second half against Stanford for precautionary reasons after taking a shot to the head. MacIntyre said Ihenacho had no concussion symptoms when he was examined Sunday. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: Safety Duke Ihenacho - The leader of the defense broke his foot in the 2010 season opener against Alabama and played in just two games. He has 195 career tackles and six interceptions and is equally good against both the run and pass. His presence alone makes San Jose State's defense better. - The Sports Xchange

07/12/2011 - 2011 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State, SS, has been named one of 37 players selected to the Preseason Thorpe Award watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back, is one of the most coveted awards in college football and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011. - The Jim Thorpe Association


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