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Flames Feature: Getting to Know Brandon Duke
The senior currently ranks seventh among Liberty defenders with 36 tackles through nine games. Duke cracked the Flames' season top 5 tackles list in 2005, when he was fourth on the squad with a career-high 62 tackles.
However, the Fort Myers, Fla., native has steadily accumulated impressive career credentials. He is the team leader among active Liberty's defenders with 168 career tackles, to go along with 17.5 tackles for loss (47 yards), four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
What is your favorite Bible verse? John 10:10
What is your favorite movie and why? The Gladiator - It has great battles and fight scenes, which make you want to be a gladiator.
What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport? My favorite memory since coming to Liberty was beating undefeated, No. 24 Charleston Southern last year.
I came to Liberty because? I wanted to play Division I football and go to a good school. Liberty was the first school to offer me a scholarship and I wasn't sure how many more offers I would get, so I committed on my official visit.
Share something that people don't know about you? After football, my favorite sport is tennis. My father was a tennis player in college and throughout my childhood, my parents played tennis, so it has grown on me.
What has been your defining moment as an athlete? It will be this year, when we win the Big South championship.
My first car was … the same car I have now, a 2000 Black F-150.
If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why? Brian Urlacher - I would love to know how it feels to be the best linebacker in the NFL.
Who is your favorite Liberty athlete? I don't have a favorite, because I appreciate all our athletes. I know how hard it is to balance athletics, school and the rest of your life.
What is the best advice you have ever been given? My dad has always encouraged me to never quit. After my sophomore year, I wanted to transfer and he encouraged me to stick it out here at Liberty and I am very happy that I did.
If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why? Cut blocking, I think it is soft.
After graduation I would like to … move back to Florida and start working and maybe start a family.
In my spare time, I like to … fish, hang out with my teammates and spend time with my girlfriend, Megan.
Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are … intense, passionate and focused. I love this game and I want to win. I love being on a team, making plays and enabling my teammates to make plays.
If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why? Tom Brady - I am a Dolphins fan and I would love to play for the Dolphins and beat the Patriots and Tom Brady.
My craziest ambition in life is to … I would like to travel the world and see all the places that I have only seen on TV.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? I listen to music, like Jack Johnson, to keep me calm for most of the pre-game, until we are ready to go out. Then, I usually listen to intense music with songs that get me hyped.
Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why? Pat Tillman - he had incredible character to give up all he loved to serve his country.
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)? Hawaii - it's a beautiful place and I like to surf, so it seems like paradise to me.
I choose my uniform number because … I originally wanted the No. 2. The coach who recruited me told me I could have it, but when I got here the No. 43 was sitting in my locker. The next year the No. 44 was open and Sam Gado still had No. 2, so I switched to No. 44, because I liked it and I have always liked Brian Bozworth, who wore No. 44 at Oklahoma.
What are four or five things you could not live without? My truck, my ipod, my boat and my cell phone.