Duke defensive line coach Ben Albert calls them the “rushmen.” And for Duke, they anchor one of the most dangerous groups on the field.

All part of the 2017 recruiting class, Chris Rumph II, Victor Dimukeje, Drew Jordan and Derrick Tangelo have continually contributed over their first three seasons. Only Rumph redshirted his first year.

Duke has two high-end pass rushers at defensive end. Rumph only started one game in 2019 but tallied 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries. Dimukeje, one of Duke’s more consistent players, started every game he’s played in his career — 38 total — and led the team this past season with 8.5 sacks.

“We have some size and some strength,” head coach David Cutcliffe said ahead of the team’s first scrimmage. “We have some redshirt freshmen and freshmen that have certainly caught my eye. I’ll be honest with you, I’m really excited about our interior defensive linemen and the depth that I think we’re going to surprise people with.”

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