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Duke Lemmens

DE

Height
6' 5"
CLASS
FR
Hometown
Westlake Village, Calif.
Weight
238 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
Oaks Christian
Duke Lemmens

CAREER: Saw action in 45 games, with 14 career starts…Recorded 66 tackles, including 32 solo and 34 assisted…Forced one fumble, recovered one fumble, owns 9.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 quarterback sacks and one quarterback hurry in his career.

 

2010: Named to the 2010 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll…Started all 13 games, contributing on the defensive line and at the linebacker position and recording at least one tackle in every game…Had 43 tackles, 25 assisted and 18 solo, including 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks…Had two tackles, including one for loss, in Florida’s win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Contributed a solo tackle versus Florida State…Recorded two tackles, one for loss versus Appalachian State…Had six tackles, including four solo, versus South Carolina…Recorded three tackles and one sack for a loss of seven yards in Florida’s defeat of Vanderbilt…Teamed up for a tackle and graded out a Champion in UF’s win over Georgia…Contributed five tackles in Florida’s game versus Mississippi State…Had five tackles and teamed up for a tackle-for-loss in the Gators’ game versus LSU…Recorded a career and team-high eight tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss in Florida’s game versus Alabama…Was named Florida’s Defensive Player of the Game for his performance against Tennessee…Recorded two tackles and a quarterback hurry and graded out a Champion in UF’s win over Kentucky, then a career-high five tackles and one sack for a loss of six yards in Florida’s victory over Tennessee…Recorded two tackles, one for a three-yard loss, recovered a fumble at UF’s 12-yard line and graded out a Champion versus USF.

 

2009: Saw playing time in 11 of Florida’s games in 2009 and secured one start versus FIU…Collected 10 tackles his junior season, including nine solo and one assisted…Came up with a solo tackle in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl as the Gators defeated Cincinnati, 51-24, for their fourth-ever Sugar Bowl win…Additionally saw action in the 2009 SEC Championship game versus Alabama…Collected a career-tying two solo tackles as UF defeated FSU, 37-10, in the last regular-season game of 2009…Recorded his first career start as a Gator against FIU, grabbing one tackle in the winning efforts…Had a good showing in the Gators’ 27-3 win over Vanderbilt, contributing on defense and special teams in the goal-line package…Grabbed a solo tackle in UF’s winning efforts over Georgia in Jacksonville on Halloween…Collected one solo tackle in Florida’s win over Arkansas on Homecoming…Notched two tackles, one solo, one assisted, in the win over Kentucky on the road…Came up with two solo tackles in the season opener as the Gators defeated Charleston Southern, 62-3.

 

2008: Played in 10 of UF’s games during the season…Tallied seven tackles (four solo and three assisted), while racking up 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 quarterback sacks…Also forced a fumble against LSU…Graded out a Champion for his performance against LSU after picking up his first quarterback sack and forced fumble…Recorded his first career sack in the win over Arkansas…Tallied his first tackle of the season against Tennessee.

 

2007: Selected to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll…True freshman who contributed as a defensive end in his first season…Also saw action as a defensive tackle in passing situations…Played in 11 games and missed the Kentucky and South Carolina contests…Recorded six tackles, one solo and five assisted, in his first year...Registered two tackles as a defensive substitution in his first collegiate game versus Western Kentucky…Had two tackles against Tennessee and made one tackle in the LSU and Vanderbilt contests.

 

PREP: Helped lead Oaks Christian to its 46th consecutive win and fourth-straight CIF-SS State title…Rated the No. 5 defensive end in California by Scout.com and 55th among California’s top-100 players by Rivals.com…Named Co-Lineman of the Year among Ventura County’s small schools…Selected as Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year by the Ventura County Coaches’ Association…Contributed 52 tackles, seven sacks and one fumble recovery in his senior season…As a junior, Lemmens was selected as an All-CIF player by recording over 90 tackles and 10 sacks…Started as a freshman for Oak Christian’s defensive line…High school coach was Bill Redell.

 

MAJOR: Sports Management.

 

LEMMENS’ CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 8 (Alabama, 2010)

QB Sacks: 2.0 (LSU, 2008)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (LSU, 2008)

Interceptions: None

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2007

1-5

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008

4-3

7

3

2

1

0

0

0

2009

9-1

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

18-25

43

6

3

0

1

0

0

Totals:

32-34

66

9

5

1

1

0

0

 

PROFILE

·         Goes by his middle name. His first name is Kristofer

·         High school teammate of Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), Marc Tyler (USC), Marshall Jones (USC), Sean Wiser (Stanford), Casey Matthews (Oregon) and Michael Ebbitt (Texas A&M). In all, nine signed with Division I schools

·         Mother (Alice) has been a flight attendant for Delta Airlines for seven years

·         His dad wanted him to go to Cal during his recruitment and even sported Cal gear when UF coaches came to home visits. After Duke committed to Florida, his dad didn’t talk to him for several months, but now he is a huge Gator fan.

·         Has been through three scooters—one broke and one was stolen—so rides to class on the back of roommate Justin Trattou’s scooter

·         Several offensive and defensive linemen say he is the team’s biggest trash-talker and best comedian

·         Dad played football at UCLA

·         His high school student advisor comes to Gainesville and serves as a mentor for Duke

·         Has not had a soda since he was in sixth grade because he doesn’t like it

 

QUOTES

"He's a 250-pound guy on the edge and that really helped solidify some of the run lanes. He gives you a real stout guy at the edge of the defense to hold the edge of the defense but he also gives you some pass rush being a former defensive end. At that position, he'll blitz some, so we'll kind of get a two-for-one there."  (10/7/10)

Teryl Austin, UF Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach

 

“He’s a joy to coach. No one is having more fun and playing better on our defense than Duke Lemmens.” (9/21/10)

Dan McCarney, North Texas Head Coach and former UF Defensive Line Coach

 

“I just keep showing up every day. I bring my lunch pail to work and go wherever they tell me to go and it seems to have worked out so far.” (9/21/10)

Duke Lemmens, UF defensive end

 

“You want Duke Lemmens on the field. He’s high-energy, he brings a passion that every coach wants on the offense or the defense – around the team. He’s a captain.” (9/20/10)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

"I love Duke. He plays football the way it is meant to be played. He plays hard, tenacious, goes every play. I'm really proud of Duke, he is a guy that hasn't had a lot of playing time here in the past, kind of a part-time guy. But now that he has had his opportunity, he is starting to take advantage of it. That's what you want, you want your older guys to play their best football." (9/13/10)

Teryl Austin, UF Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach

 

"Duke definitely showed the country what he could do as a defensive end. He has been getting better every week since spring ball and he has to keep building on it and keep doing good things. He has a bright future ahead of him." (9/13/10)

Justin Trattou, UF defensive end


“There’s a bar set here at Florida for D-line and I’m just trying to live up to that. I don’t know what’s going to be happening. I just know that I’m going to go as hard as I can and I know the guys that were here last year are awesome and those are some big shoes to fill. I promise everyone that I’m going to work on and off the field to fill those shoes.” (8/17/10)

Duke Lemmens, UF defensive lineman

 

“We all love Duke. He’s a high-energy guy. He represents our program the way it’s supposed to be. If we had a face, that’s one of the faces.” (8/17/10)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“Good things happen when he’s out there. His motor never stops, (and) he wants to take it to another level besides just being another guy off the bench.” (8/17/10)

Dan McCarney, North Texas Head Coach and former UF Defensive Line Coach

 

“Duke is a hard-nosed, hard-charging, very active football player. I think he is going to do well for us this season.” (8/10/10)

Teryl Austin, UF Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach

 

“I know Duke Lemmens has been the most improved player on my defensive line. He’s always been a relentless guy, a good-effort guy. But he’s made more plays this spring than he probably has in his three-year career. He’s turned into a real guy.” (4/8/10)

Dan McCarney, North Texas Head Coach and former UF Defensive Line Coach

 

“It’s definitely a big concern with ours. I know Coach Mattison’s greatest thrill in life is watching the quarterback get sacked from one of his defensive linemen. It is something we are really addressing and working our tails off to get better. We got a little better in the Ole Miss game and from there we have to keep striding.”

Duke Lemmens, UF defensive lineman

 

“Duke’s 100 percent. He’s doing everything that we ask him to do. He’s got it all. He’s got speed. He’s got intelligence. He’s got great desire. He plays tremendously hard.”

Greg Mattison, former UF co-defensive coordinator

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