Q: What other schools were in your final list of places to play collegiately?
Austin: NC Central
Q: What made you choose UNC Charlotte, especially being part of the inaugural season?
Austin: It was honor to be a part of the first recruiting class, that is something that meant a lot for me when making my decision. Being from Charlotte helped as well; this allowed me to play in my hometown. The second reason was because of Coach Lambert. He is a great guy and great coach to play for.
Q: What is the biggest thing you want to improve on in your game to get to the next level?
Austin: My separation between defenders. I felt very good today at practice and felt I have been improving on that aspect of my game.
Q: Is there any NFL player you compare your game to?
Austin: My presence on the field would be compared to Steve Smith. I like to have his mentality during games, knowing I can beat anyone out there. Physically, when playing, I compare myself to Desean Jackson. I play the game in a similar way; I am able to make the big play and can run my routes well.
Q: What is the main reason you are playing in this All Star Game?
Austin: Being invited to this all-star game was a huge honor. I want to get my name out there during this game and go out there to compete. You never know who is watching and I can’t wait to play in this game.
Look for Austin Duke on January 15th in the Tropical Bowl. He will be wearing #10 on the American White team coached by Todd Littlejohn. Duke will be sure to make some noise during the game and at the next level.
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