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29 DAYS TO (TENTATIVE) 2020 KICKOFF: Khalid Duke

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In which BracketCat counts down the 29th day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Khalid Duke.

#29 Khalid Duke
Like his fellow wearer of No. 29, fullback Jax Dineen, linebacker/defensive end Khalid Duke (29) saw significant playing time as a true freshman.
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Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.

#29 Khalid Duke

True Sophomore | 6-3 | 244 lbs. | Atlanta, Georgia
Khalid Duke
Khalid Duke
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive End/Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Khalid Malik Duke (b. Feb. 27, 2001) is a talented defensive end from Riverside Military Academy in Atlanta. He did not redshirt as a freshman and is majoring in kinesiology.

Duke saw action in seven games in 2019 — primarily as a third-down pass rushing specialist — and totaled seven tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.

He had a season-best two tackles against Navy in the 2019 Liberty Bowl and Kansas, recording tackles for loss in both games. Duke’s sacks came against Kansas and West Virginia. He recovered a fumble against Bowling Green and broke up a pass against Navy.

Duke played under head coach Nicholas Garrett at Riverside and was rated the 83rd-best outside linebacker prospect in the Class of 2019, according to ESPN.

He earned first-team all-state honors from The Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2018, the school’s first all-state honor since 2013, after carding 142 tackles and 17 tackles for loss during his senior season in 2018.

Duke compiled 219 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, nine sacks and two interceptions in his career. He also starred on offense, carding 1,154 yards and 12 touchdowns on 66 career receptions, while he ran 46 times for 467 yards and four scores during his prep career.

Duke also played basketball and was a state champion in the triple jump.

He picked K-State over offers from Air Force, Army, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, East Tennessee State, Gardner-Webb, Lafayette, Mercer, Navy, Samford and Western Carolina.

Duke’s primary recruiter was former K-State defensive coordinator and current West Virginia inside linebackers coach Blake Seiler.

Fun fact: He once served as a ball boy for the Atlanta Falcons!