A to Z with Austin Dukes


Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:56 p.m.

SCHOOL: Union County

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Union County senior Austin Dukes is a starter on both sides of the ball for the regional finalist Tigers, playing linebacker as well as on the offensive line.

Elizabeth Hamilton / Correspondent

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker/offensive line

JERSEY NUMBER: 54

HEIGHT: 6-foot-2

WEIGHT: 210 pounds

Area football player I would pay to watch play: Kellen Snider of Fort White. I know he is a tackling machine. He is always all over the field and he always brings a lick.

Best movie I've ever seen: “Tombstone.”

Coach Ronny Pruitt's' best words of advice for me: Always bring work ethic and attitude to practice.

Day of game, I do what to prepare myself: I listen to music, all kinds. That gets my rhythm up, gets my blood flowing.

Earliest sports memory? Running for my first touchdown in third grade when I was playing fullback. I used to play fullback on the Mighty Mites. When I got to high school, I guess I was too slow for it. I think I did the C.J. Spiller impression when I scored my first touchdown. That's what I used to always do.

Favorite thing about living in Lake Butler: Probably the community we have that comes to games on Friday nights. I love it. Tiger football.

Game-winning scenario I have dreamed of: We are down by three, I get an interception and run it all the way back for a touchdown. I might even do a front flip if that happens.

Hardest thing about playing No. 2 Dixie County tonight on the road with a state semifinal berth on the line is ... All the athletes they have. They have a bunch of speed.

Interesting thing about me away from football: I'm a ladies man.

Joker on the team: Princeton Alexander. He can do impressions of everybody.

Key to playing two-way football and making an impact: You have to be in great shape.

Least favorite Union County sports moment: In basketball, my sophomore year I missed a free throw in the Final Four that cost us the game against Hawthorne. I got fouled with three seconds left, I made the first one but missed the second one to tie it.

My pick to win this year's BCS National Championship based on what I have watched thus far is ... Alabama. They play in the best conference — the SEC.

Nickname? Boogie. I guess I have a few dance moves.

One person in my life who inspires me most: My grandmom. She is always there to support me, always there for my games.

Potential college major: Not really sure at this point.

Quiet-time activity: Watching big hits on YouTube.

Reading the newspaper or going online to get my high school sports coverage: I read the newspaper. I always get one.

Superstition I have: I don't have any.

The thing you remember most about the 30-12 loss to Dixie County in Cross City during the regular season: Just us getting completely dominated. We got blown out by that team.

Universities or colleges considering: Miami of Ohio, Ave Maria, Penn and Wyoming.

Vacation spot I love: St. Augustine.

What was it like playing alongside your cousin, Caleb Dukes, on the offensive line in 2011? It was awesome. It was great to know that a pair of Dukes were on the O-line. We were trying to dominate. We were always competing too, to see who could have the most pancakes. He usually won. He got all-state and I got all-area, which was pretty cool. He is one of our coaches now and keeps me in check.

Xbox, PlayStation or Wii? Xbox, NCAA 14.

Year I was born: 1996.

Zoo animal I like most: The tiger, because it is fierce.

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