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#2 Duke Ihenacho
Position: Safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Carson, Calif.
High School: Serra HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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AT SAN JOSE STATE: Five seasons with the Spartans ...First Spartan to be a three-time, first-team All-WAC player...Only the third San Jose State player named a first-team all-conference football player in the school’s 52-year history of conference affiliations (PCAA, Big West & WAC)  ...42 starts in the 47 games he played ...Streak of 27 consecutive games from the end of 2007 to 2010... Eight games with 10 or more tackles in his career... Scored three touchdowns - two on interceptions in 2008 and one on a fumble recovery in 2011... First San Jose State player to score a defensive PAT with his return in the 2011 win over Hawai’i ...Has played the safety and linebacker positions for San Jose State ...In 2008, named with his brother, San Jose State defensive end Carl Ihenacho, by www.espn.com senior writer Bruce Feldman as one of the top-10 brother combinations in college football history ...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, 2008, 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.

2011: Tied for third on the team with 73 tackles and was the team leader with six pass break-ups... Four games with 10 or more tackles ...Season-high 11 tackles  vs. Idaho and against Utah State ...Defensive PAT with his run against Hawai’i (10/14) was nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year ...Added an interception and a forced fumble in the Hawai’i victory...Third career touchdown came on a 20-yard fumble return in the Colorado State win (10/1). 


2010: 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: First-team All-WAC defensive back...One of six conference players named first-team All-WAC in 2008 and 2009...Second on the team in total tackles with 89...Season high 12 tackles against Idaho (10/10) and Hawai'i (11/21)...10 assisted tackles in the Idaho game were the most by a Spartan in 2009...Only interception of the season was in the Idaho game...Began the season on the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.

2008: First-team All-WAC pick as a linebacker... 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).

2007: Youngest player on the 2007 team...Played in 10 games... His six starts were the most for any San Jose State freshman in the defensive unit that season...Ninth on the Spartans with 32 tackles...Most tackles in a season by a Spartan freshman since 2004...Season-high seven tackles (3 solo, 4 assisted) and forced a fumble in a starting role against Hawai'i (10/12)...Contributed six stops (4 solo, 2 assisted) in the Nevada win (11/24)...Tied for second on the team with four pass break-ups...Was credited with the team's only punt block of the season in the UC Davis triumph (9/29).

MORE ON DUKE: A 2011 graduate who majored in business marketing...The first in the family to become interested in football...Older brother, Carl Ihenacho, played on the 2006 through 2009 San Jose State teams and finished the 2011 season on the Oakland Raiders' practice squad. The native of Torrance, Calif., was born on June 16, 1989. 

CAREER STATISTICS

  G UT AT TOTAL TFL/YDS. FF FR Yds. TD INT Yds. TD DEF
2007...FR  10  20  12     32     2.0/12  0   0    0   0    0  -----  ---    4
2008...SO  12  31  35     66     5.5/18  0   1    0   0    5    92   2    6
2009...JR  12  47  42     89     2.5/4  0
  1    0   0    1    18   0    6
2010...Redshirt   2   4   4       8     1.0/2  1   0    0   0    0  -----  ---    1
2010...SR  11  40  33    73
   4.0/14
 2  2  20   1   1      0
  0
  6
CAREER 47 142  126    268   15.0/50  3  4  20   1    7  110   2   23

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