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72  Zipp Duncan
Zipp Duncan

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Magnolia, Ky.

High School:
Elizabethtown

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 291

Position:
Offensive Tackle

Experience:
3L


Moved from left guard to left tackle during the spring ... Has started the last two seasons at left guard ... Also has played right guard during his career ... Transitioned from tight end to the offensive line in spring practice of 2007 ... Was the backup tight end as a redshirt freshman in 2006 ... Practiced at defensive end as a true freshman during the `05 season ... Has appeared in 38 career games, making 26 consecutive starts ... Zipp is his real name, as he was named after a family friend with the last name of Zipp ... Has completed his degree in kinesiology, will work toward a second major this fall.

2008 (Junior): Started all 13 games at left guard ... UK ranked 11th in the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed and fourth nationally in fewest quarterback sacks surrendered.

2007 (Sophomore): Started the LSU, Florida, and Florida State games at right guard while opening the other 10 games at left guard ... The UK offense set a school record by scoring 475 points during the season ... UK averaged 155.5 rushing yards per game, the team's best mark in a dozen years ... In the line's most courageous effort, they protected quarterback Andre' Woodson by not giving up any sacks while also opening lanes for 125 yards on the ground in the upset of eventual national champion LSU, one of the nation's top defenses.

2006 (Redshirt Freshman): Backup tight end ... Member of the PAT team ... Played in 12 games ... Also caught a touchdown pass in the junior-varsity game.

2005 (Freshman): Redshirted as a defensive end ... Named Scout Team Player of the Week twice during the season, once each for defense and special teams.

High School: First-team all-state as a senior at Elizabethtown (Ky.) HS ... Three-year starter, playing tight end on offense and defensive end (senior year), defensive tackle (junior), and linebacker (sophomore) on the other side of the ball ... Caught 36 passes as a senior, good for 412 yards and seven touchdowns ... Breakout junior year featured 61 catches for 731 yards and 11 TDs ... Career receiving totals feature 123 catches for 1,396 yards and 23 TDs, tremendous numbers for a tight end ... Made 97 tackles, including eight quarterback sacks plus five fumble recoveries, as a senior ... Had 99 tackles and three sacks as a junior ... Three-year pick on the all-district and all-area teams ... Honorable-mention all-state as a junior ... Team went to the state playoffs all three of his seasons, going 12-3 and reaching the state finals his junior year and advancing to the state quarterfinals as a senior ... Earned team's academic award for highest grade-point average ... The No. 10 prospect in Kentucky by SuperPrep and No. 13 by Rivals.com ... Played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star Game in June 2005 and caught a TD pass for the winning Kentucky team ... Coached by Brett Burnett ... "Zipp has the potential to play a number of positions," Burnett said. "He's still growing. He has a good work ethic in the weight room. He's very intelligent and understands the game. He's going to be a great Wildcat." ... A three-year letterman in basketball, playing power forward ... Helped his team advance to the state tournament as a senior and was named to the all-state tournament team ... A three-year letterman in track and field, competing in the shot put and discus ... Second in the state in the shot put his junior year ... Honor-roll student who was a member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Interact Club for community service ... Chose Kentucky over Cincinnati, Marshall, and Stanford.

Personal: Born in Elizabethtown, Ky. ... Son of Steve and Fonda Duncan ... Steve is head football coach at Murray High School ... Major is kinesiology.

Community Cats: Volunteer at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life (2007) ... Frequent speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Guest speaker at an area high school graduation ceremony (2009).

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium