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Duquesne announces 2016 recruiting class

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Dukes look to defend NEC title

Duquesne University head football coach Jerry Schmitt announced the addition of 19 student-athletes to the 2016 fall roster today.

“This collection of the 2016 Dukes incoming class is an impressive group of young men,” said Schmitt.  “Their performance on the field, commitment to academic achievement and dedication to community service parallels our philosophy and goals here at Duquesne.  I laud the football staff for their work following a conference Championship and National Play-off season to closing on a strong recruiting class.”

The Dukes will look to defend its 2015 Northeast Conference title in 2016. The upcoming season marks Duquesne’s ninth as an associate football-playing member of the Northeast Conference where the Dukes have been at least co-champions three of the past five seasons.

The Red and Blue, who return 12 starters - six on offense and six on defense – as well as their punter and place kicker, open four weeks of spring practice on March 7th.  The annual spring game will take place on Saturday, April 9th on Rooney Field. 

Peter Ausiello – defensive back out of Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, N.C. … two-time First Team All-County choice … two-time First Team All-Conference selection … led team in tackles and interceptions as a senior … team captain … coached by David Johnson.

Khalid Blount – defensive lineman out of Washington High School in Washington, Pa. … 2015 Pennsylvania Football News All-State choice … two-time All-WPIAL honoree … two-time All-Conference selection … 43 tackles, including 21 for a loss in 2015 … three-year starter … team was three-time conference champions … son of former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro, Hall of Famer Mel Blount … coached by Mike Bosnic.

Jadan Blue – wide receiver out of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Md. … First team All-State selection … First Team All-Baltimore Metro honoree … First Team All-Conference choice … Big 33 Classic participant … 3,000-plus all-purpose yards … coached by Rich Holzer.

Jaelyn Faulk – defensive back out of Hallandale High School in Miami, Fla. … four-year starter and letterman … freshman player of the year … 328 career tackles … 11 career interceptions, including two pick-six’s … led team to 2014 district championship and 2015 district and regional finals … team was 2015 Battle of the Borders champions versus Georgia… coached by Dameon Jones.

Jacob Gill – placekicker out of Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pa. … registered 61 career touchbacks … team was 2015 conference champions and 2014 conference champions, WPIAL champions and state runners-up … coached by Erik Kasperowicz.

Nick Jordan – offensive lineman out of Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif. … Second Team All-SCFA … played in three bowl games, making two starts … made 10 starts and was named most improved offensive player … team was SFCA National Central league champions … team finished ranked third in the state of California … coached at LBCC by Brett Peabody … coached by Matt Howard at Paramount HS.

Tommy Jurkovec – linebacker out of Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pa. … three-time letterman … led team in tackles in 2015 … team was 2015 conference champions and 2014 conference champions, WPIAL champions and state runners-up … coached by Erik Kasperowicz.

Nick Meray – linebacker out of Madison High School in San Diego, Calif. … two-time All-League selection … had 71 tackles and led team with seven sacks as a senior … finished career with 190 tackles and 18 tackles for a loss …team was three-time undefeated league champions and San Diego CIF D1 runners-up … coached by Rick Jackson.

Billy O’Malley – tight end out of Seton La Salle High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. … named First Team All-Conference at tight end and linebacker … team captain … caught 30 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns … coached by Damon Rosol.

Michael O’Malley – linebacker out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio … Ohio D1 Defensive Player of the Year … First Team D1 All-Ohio … team was two-time Ohio D1 state champions … coached by Tom Lombardo.

Lyle Petrosky – offensive lineman out of McKeesport High School in McKeesport, Pa. … Daily News Dynamic 33 All-Star … All-Conference choice … led team to playoffs every year … coached by George Smith.

Hunter Polk – offensive lineman out of Tri-Valley High School in Zanesville, Ohio … two-time AP First Team Ohio All-Eastern District … First Team All-Region 5 … All Muskingum Valley League … two-time All-Ohio Honorable Mention … team was four-time MVL champions … coached by Justin Buttermore.

John Todd, Jr. – offensive lineman out of Parma High School in Cleveland, Ohio … two-time All-Ohio selection … two-time First Team All-District choice … three-time First Team All-Conference … two-time team MVP … coached by Bruce Saban.

TRANSFERS (Currently enrolled and eligible to participate in spring drills)
Bryan Glover – Mid-year linebacker transfer from Eastern Michigan and Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Thomas Lucas – Mid-year wide receiver transfer from Connecticut
Justice Rawlins – Fall 2015 fullback transfer from California (Pa.) and Monessen HS
Keith Wagner – Mid-year defensive lineman transfer from Stetson
Gary Wooten – Mid-year linebacker transfer from Penn State
Daquan Worley – Mid-year defensive back transfer from Penn State

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