Duncan initially walked onto Sacramento State but suffered a micro-fracture injury at the end of his right femur which ended his season before it even started. He then played at El Camino Community College upon returning to health and impressed Division-I recruiters even though he only caught 13 passes for just over 200 yards. Duncan showed good athleticism for his frame.
The next season Duncan decided that instead of playing division-I he would play at Dixie State where he could play with his brother who was already on the team. Duncan then proceeded to have a record breaking year for Dixie State. He finished the season with 64 catches for 949 yards and 9 touchdowns. 2012 didn’t go as well for Duncan however, after he surprisingly found out he had to have further surgery on his leg and missed the entire season.
In 2013 Duncan again returned to health and played up to his potential. Duncan finished the season with 71 receptions for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he missed the season finale because of a hamstring injury. Then while training for the Senior Bowl Duncan broke his foot and had to miss the game.
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I want to thank Mr. Duncan for taking the time out of his busy schedule and doing this interview with me.
First off man, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this. So you’re from California, yet on Dixie States website I see the Detroit Lions are your favorite pro football team. How did that happen and what drew you to them?
Well I wasn’t much of a NFL fan growing up and I was a big fan of Joey Harrington and how he played so when he got drafted by the Lions I decided that I would be a fan of them and have been ever since.
What about college sports? Who was your college team growing up?
Growing up I was a UCLA fan because of my mom primarily. She has always been a Bruins fan and anyone who was playing USC. So I grew up with that mindset until I was probably in high school, then I was just a fan of good football it didn’t matter what team was playing.
I also saw you chose Dixie State over other schools because you wanted to play with your brother. How great has that been?
Playing with my brother was an unbelievable experience. Playing college football was awesome but being able to play with my brother, who is also one of my best friends, is something I will always remember and cherish.
Has there been a specific coach there that has really helped you become the player you are?
I think as a player every coach I have had has had an influence on the way I play the game. Some negative and some positive, but all of them in some way changed the way I looked at the game physically and mentally and that is one of the reasons I feel like I have a chance to continue my career after college.
Is there a tight end out there that you model your game after or compare your game too?
I really like the way that Jason Witten plays the game. He uses his body well and doesn’t play outside of himself. He knows what he is able to do and does it very well. Also from watching him on film you can tell by the way he runs his routes that he is very educated when it comes to defenses and what they try to do to stop him and his offense. I like to think that I can do the same when I am on the field. I pride myself in preparation and come game time I am confident going in because everything the defense does I already have seen before.
What would you say your biggest strength is?
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I think my knowledge for the game and schemes of offenses is one of my strengths. I think my size and athletic ability at my size is also something that I use in my game.
On the flip side, what would you say is your biggest weakness?
I wouldn’t call it a weakness but something I need to work on is run blocking. Whether if it’s with my hand down or coming out of the backfield as a H-Back I need to working on technique and taking a defensive mindset when I block and drive the defenders off the ball with explosion and tenacity.
I’ll finish this up with one last question man. What do you want to do once you’re done playing in the NFL?
I would like to go into coaching either strength and conditioning or on the field. Either one would be great.
I again want to thank Joe Don Duncan for taking the time to do this interview with me.