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8 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Duke Shelley

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In which BracketCat counts down the eighth day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Duke Shelley.

Whether it was Baylor star Corey Coleman or Oklahoma's talented wide receivers, Duke Shelley announced with his acrobatic leaps and his stellar instincts that he didn't care. This freshman came to PLAY.
Whether it was Baylor star Corey Coleman or Oklahoma's talented wide receivers, Duke Shelley announced with his acrobatic leaps and his stellar instincts that he didn't care. This freshman came to PLAY.
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Goal No. 8: ENTHUSIASM.

#8 Duke Shelley
True Sophomore
5-9 | 175
Tucker, Ga.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

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.

He was viewed as the 22nd-best cornerback nationally by Rivals.com and ranked 33rd by ESPN, and also named one of the top 250 recruits in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com.

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.