Dupree with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015
|No. 48 Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Date of birth:||February 12, 1993|
|Place of birth:||Macon, Georgia|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||269 lb (122 kg)|
|High school:||Irwinton (GA) Wilkinson Co.|
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky, and was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Steelers.
High school career
Dupree attended Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Georgia. He was a 3-year starter at defensive end and 4-year starter at tight end. As a senior he had over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on offense and 62 tackles and 10 sacks on defense. He was also voted First-team all state by the Georgia Sports-writer Association and Atlanta Georgia Constitution. Dupree was ranked by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit. He also played basketball for his high school, was on the honor roll, and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
As a true freshman at University of Kentucky in 2011, Dupree played in 12 games with three starts at linebacker. During games against Georgia and Vanderbilt he had a season high 5 tackles in each game. He finished the season with 21 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery.
As a sophomore in 2012, Dupree started all 12 regular season games and recorded 91 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 6.5 sacks. He recorded a season high 12 tackles against Western Kentucky University. For his sophomore season he ranked 10th in the SEC in tackles and 7th in the FBS for sacks and tackles for loss. After this season he would switch from linebacker to defensive lineman for his last two years at UK.
As a junior he played in 11 games, ranking second on his team with 61 tackles, first on the team with 9.5 tackles for a loss at defensive end. He also had 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Against Mississippi State, Dupree recorded a career high 13 tackles. In the SEC he finished sixth in sacks.
Dupree returned as a starter at defensive end his senior season in 2014 and was voted team captain for the Wildcats Football team that year. For the season he had 74 tackles, 12.5 for a loss, and eight sacks. He also started all 12 regular season contests and recorded his first career interception which he returned for a game winning touchdown in a 45-38 win against the South Carolina Gamecocks. On Saturday, May 9, 2015, he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a diploma in community and leadership development.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 in||269 lb||32 5/8 in||9 3/4 in||4.56 s||1.60 s||2.65 s||4.48 s||7.52 s||42 in||11 ft 6 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
On April 30, 2015, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the first University of Kentucky player taken in the first round since Dewayne Robertson in the 2003 NFL Draft.
On May 15, 2015, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Dupree to a four-year contract worth $11.22 million with $8.63 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.96 million. Dupree currently has number 48 because every linebacker number, through 50-59 and 90-99, is either taken by a current player or has been taken out of circulation for former players.
On September 4, 2016, Dupree was placed on injured reserve after suffering a groin injury. He was activated to the active roster off injured reserve on November 19, 2016 prior to Week 11.
The nickname "Bud" was given to him by his godmother. She said while his mother was pregnant with him she had a dream of people calling him Bud and him playing football.
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