BUD DUPREELinebackerKentucky Wildcats6-4, 264Irwinton, GeorgiaWilkinson County High School1st Round – 22nd Overall
Had 248 tackles, 23.5 sacks and 38 tackle for loss, forcing four fumbles in 47 career games…his 23.5 sacks rank second most in UK history.
Finished the season second on the team in tackles with 74, while leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss with 7.5 and 12.5, respectively…also had five quarterback hurries and one interception, which he returned for a game-winning score vs. South Carolina.
Finished second on the team with 61 tackles, adding a team-best 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks…also forced two fumbles and had three quarterback hurries and a pass breakup…finished the season sixth in the SEC in sacks…posted a career-high 13 tackles against Mississippi State with one sack and two tackles for loss…the 13 tackles were the most by a UK defensive lineman since game-by-game records were available back to 1993…started all 11 games he played and had a tackle-for-loss or a sack in eight of the 11 games.
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Started all 12 games…totaled 91 tackles, 10th in the SEC…made 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 quarterback sacks, seventh in the league in both categories…had a season-high 12 tackles vs. WKU…also hit double figures with 10 tackles at Tennessee, including a career-best three tackles for loss…his eight stops in the win over Samford featured a career-high two sacks.
Played in all 12 games, starting the last three…made 21 tackles, 14 of which came in his three starting assignments…high of five tackles came at Vanderbilt and Georgia…had 2.5 quarterback sacks, one vs. Ole Miss and VU, plus a shared sack in the win over Tennessee…added two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
First-team all-state as a senior as chosen by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…four-year starter at tight end and three-year starter at defensive end…had more than 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, along with 62 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks…starred at Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga…team went 11-3 his senior year and 10-4 as a sophomore, advancing to the Class A state semifinals each season…one of the nation's top 50 tight ends by Scout.com…coached by Jeb Stewart…also a basketball standout, helped lead Wilkinson County to the Class A state championship his senior year…named to the All-Middle Georgia Team…member of the Future Business Leaders of America…honor-roll student.
Born in Macon, Ga…son of Sophia Stephens and Alvin Dupree Sr…major is community and leadership development...participated in the Big Blue U Move-In (2011,
12) and God's Pantry (2012,13)…participated in a one-week service/educational trip to Ethiopia in May, 2014.