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Duke Ihenacho
S #27
Height:
6-1
Weight:
207
Age:
25
College:
San Jose State
Hometown:
Gardena, Calif.
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2014 PRE):

TCKL
5
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 74 56 18 0.0 0 6 0 0 -- 0 0 3 2
2013 DEN 15 14 73 56 17 0.0 -- 6 -- -- -- -- -- 3 2
2012 DEN 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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IHENACHO AT A GLANCE:
• A second-year safety who played in two games for the Broncos as a rookie in 2012, while also competing on the club's practice squad.
• Emerged as a starter for the Broncos in 2013, ranking third on the team with 72 tackles, tying for the team lead with three forced fumbles and recovering a team-best two fumbles.
• Joined long snapper Aaron Brewer and linebacker Steven Johnson as one of three undrafted college free agents to make Denver's active roster in 2012.
• Recorded 268 tackles (142 solo), seven interceptions (110 yds.), 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 47 games at San Jose State University.
• Scored three defensive touchdowns during his college career (2 INT, 1 FR), while becoming the first Spartan to collect three first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
• Younger brother of Oakland linebacker Carl Ihenacho, who played three games for the Raiders in 2012 and was a teammate of Duke at SJSU from 2007-09.
• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on May 3, 2012.

IHENACHO AT A GLANCE:
• A second-year safety who played in two games for the Broncos as a rookie in 2012, while also competing on the club's practice squad.
• Emerged as a starter for the Broncos in 2013, ranking third on the team with 72 tackles, tying for the team lead with three forced fumbles and recovering a team-best two fumbles.
• Joined long snapper Aaron Brewer and linebacker Steven Johnson as one of three undrafted college free agents to make Denver's active roster in 2012.
• Recorded 268 tackles (142 solo), seven interceptions (110 yds.), 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 47 games at San Jose State University.
• Scored three defensive touchdowns during his college career (2 INT, 1 FR), while becoming the first Spartan to collect three first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors.
• Younger brother of Oakland linebacker Carl Ihenacho, who played three games for the Raiders in 2012 and was a teammate of Duke at SJSU from 2007-09.
• Entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on May 3, 2012.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Denver as a college free agent 5/3/12; Waived by Denver 8/31/12; Signed by Denver (practice squad) 9/1/12; Signed by Denver (active roster) 9/29/12; Waived by Denver 10/11/12; Signed by Denver (practice squad) 10/13/12; Signed by Denver (active roster) 10/30/12; Waived by Denver 11/13/12; Signed by Denver (practice squad) 11/15/12.

2013: Ihenacho emerged as a starter for the Broncos, opening 14 of the 15 games he played in 2013... Ranked third on the team and second among defensive backs with 72 tackles, while adding seven pass breakups... Tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles and recovered a team-best two fumbles... Made his first career start and led the team with 12 tackles (11 solo), including one for a loss and added his first three career pass breakups vs. Bal. (9/5)... Tied for third on the team with six tackles and broke up a pass at NYG (9/15)... Ranked second on the team with nine tackles, including one for a loss vs. Phi. (9/29)... Recovered his first career fumble and broke up a pair of passes at Dal. (10/6)... Forced his first fumble and tied for third on the team with six tackles vs. Jac. (10/13)... Finished third on the team with 10 tackles at N.E. (11/24)... Started all three postseason games and finished with 15 tackles... Made one tackle in his career postseason debut vs. S.D. (1/12)... Ranked second on the team with five tackles in the AFC Championship Game vs. N.E. (1/19). 

2012: Ihenacho, who entered the NFL with Denver as a college free agent on May 3, spent four weeks on the Broncos’ active roster as a rookie, seeing action in two games and recording one special-teams tackle... Spent the remainder of the 2012 campaign on the club’s practice squad.

COLLEGE: Ihenacho totaled 268 tackles (142 solo), seven interceptions (110 yds.), 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his 47-game career at San Jose State University... Scored three defensive touchdowns, with two coming off interceptions and one resulting from a fumble recovery… Became the first Spartan to earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors three times... Recorded 73 tackles his senior year to rank third on the team... Named to the preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List in 2009 and went on to return an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back games as one of only two players in the country to accomplish that feat… Tallied the Spartans’ only blocked punt as a freshman as the youngest player on the squad.

PERSONAL: Ihenacho attended Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., where he played just two seasons of prep football... Made 73 tackles on defense along with 17 receptions for 335 yards (19.7 avg.) and a touchdown on offense as a senior... Majored in business marketing at San Jose State… His older brother, Carl, played at San Diego State from 2007-09, and currently plays for the Oakland Raiders... Last name is pronounced EE-ah-NAHcho... Duke Ihenacho was born on June 16, 1989, in Torrance, Calif.

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