Duke Preston
Duke Preston

San Diego, Calif.

High School:
Mt. Carmel

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 305



2004: Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors ... Named the team's captain and offensive MVP ... Started all 11 games at center for the Illini ... Played 704 offensive plays without allowing a sack and only gave up 10 pressures during that time ... Recorded 105 knockdowns ... Was never called for a penalty ... Helped the Illinois running backs to rush for over 200 yards on three occasions (FAMU, MSU, UCLA) and 199 vs. Indiana ... Illini quarterbacks passed for over 2,000 yards for the third straight year ... Wrapped up Illini career with 35 starts.

2003: Started all 12 games for the Fighting Illini at center ... Took every snap and allowed only one sack ... Registered 71 knockdowns and gave up six pressures.

2002: Started all 12 games for the Illini at center ... Helped set school total offense record with 5,356 yards, an average of 446.3 per game, topping the 5,000 mark for the second straight season and second time in school history ... Total offense ranked ninth in the country and passing average of 282.3 yards per game ranked 16th ... Aided running back Antoineo Harris to a single-season rushing record with 1,330 yards.

2001: Played in two games as the backup to All-American center Luke Butkus ... Logged playing time in the season-opener at California and at Purdue.

2000: Redshirted the 2000 season.

High School: Prep Star All-West team ... Allowed only two sacks in two years ... First-team All-Palomar League in both 1998 and '99 ... Was first-team All-County and All-North county as voted by the North County Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune ... Cal-Hi Top 100 player ... Accepted invitations to the North/South San Diego all-star game and the Cal-Hi/Texas all-star game ... Named team's Most Valuable Player in 1999 ... Voted team lineman of the year for junior and senior seasons ... Earned four varsity letters for football and baseball.

Personal: Full given name is Raymond Newton Preston III ... Goes by Duke ... Born June 12, 1982 in San Diego, Calif. ... The son of Raymond and Susan Preston ... Father played for nine years with the San Diego Chargers and was a Kodak All-American for Syracuse University ... Graduated in May 2004 with an undergraduate degree in speech communication ... Lists Muhammad Ali as favorite athlete because of his tremendous drive for greatness ... Four-year member of the Mt. Carmel All-Academic team ... Two-time member of the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team ... Hobbies and activities include FCA, basketball, golf, surfing and billiards.