Goal No. 8: ENTHUSIASM.
#8 Duke Shelley
Position: Defensive Back
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
YaQuis Bertron "Duke" Shelley II (b. Oct. 8, 1996) is a dynamic, young defensive back who was expected to redshirt in the 2015 season until pressed into starting duties. He will look to retain his starting spot as a sophomore after he earned preseason All-Big 12 honors from Athlon and was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
This talented defensive back from Tucker High School was part of Andre Coleman's recruiting haul in Georgia.
A three-year letter-winner for the Tigers under head coach Bryan Lamar, Shelley helped to lead Tucker to a 10-3 record and an appearance in the state playoffs.
An honorable mention all-state selection by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2014, Shelley was named to the Georgia High School Association All-Region 2-AAAAAA team.
Shelley recorded two interceptions and scored three touchdowns on special teams returns as a senior, and also had six interceptions as a junior. He then was invited to play in the Florida vs. Georgia High School All-Star Game.
He played in each of the final eight regular-season games last year, starting each contest, and became the first K-State true freshman to start at cornerback since 2006.
Shelley totaled 28 tackles — all solo stops — with a tackle for loss, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble.
His seven breakups were the most by a Wildcat freshman since Jerametrius Butler in 1998.
Shelley had four passes defended against West Virginia, the most nationally by a freshman during the 2015 season and the most by a Wildcat freshman since at least 1990, and he set a career high with seven tackles at Texas Tech, while he had six tackles and his first two pass breakups against Oklahoma.