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Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
City/State: Hephzibah, Ga.
High School: Hephzibah
Experience: High School


Preseason second team All-ACC pick by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... charted as the backup at left safety following spring practice but is expected to compete for starting slot ... enters senior season having amassed 121 tackles and two interceptions in 35 career games.

2008: Appeared in all 12 games with 11 starts at safety ... ranked tied for 21st in the ACC with 6.2 tackles per game and tied for fourth in the league with two fumble recoveries ... ended the year ranked third on the squad with 66 tackles ... tallied one tackle for loss, one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and two fumble recoveries ... had five or more tackles in seven games, including the final four contests ... posted a career-high 12 tackles with a PBU at Clemson ... hauled in his second career interception to go with seven tackles and one sack at Virginia Tech ... registered eight tackles against Miami ... one of only seven players on the team with over 800 snaps, leading the secondary with 850 total plays ... played a season-high 97 snaps at Clemson and had over 70 plays in seven outings.

2007: Played in all 12 games with three starts on the year at strong safety ... started against Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and North Carolina ... finished eighth on the team with 48 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss ... recorded first career interception in the season finale at North Carolina to go with seven solo tackles and one tackle for loss ... posted back-to-back 10-tackle performances against Georgia Tech and at Notre Dame ... registered nine tackles at Navy and five tackles against Virginia Tech ... played a total of 573 snaps with 312 on defense and 261 on special teams ... reached the century plateau with 102 plays at Notre Dame ... played 60 or more snaps in five games, including the final three contests.

2006: Played in 11 games, missing only the Virginia Tech tilt ... started the season finale versus North Carolina ... finished the year with six tackles including a season-high four against North Carolina.

Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Hephzibah High School under coach John Bowen ... all-region selection by PrepStar magazine ... in senior campaign, logged 84 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks while earning first team all-area honors from the Augusta Chronicle ... had 85 tackles and one interception as a junior ... also participated in basketball and track and field.

Personal: Son of Clifford and Glenda Gainey ... born September 18, 1987.


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The Duke Football Report 8/26/19
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