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home : sports : sports   June 28, 2016

5/3/2014 1:42:00 AM
L-P's Alex Duncan to play football at D-Millikin

Kevin Chlum
Sports Editor

When Alex Duncan visited Millikin University in Decatur, he knew where he’d spend his next four years.

“I got to campus and just kind of fell in love,” said Duncan, who announced Wednesday he’ll play football at the NCAA Division III school. “It’s a nice campus and a good area. I like where the program is going.

“The coaches and all the players I met when I was down there really made me feel like it’s a second home.”

Duncan, who also considered North Central College and Carthage College, joins a Big Blue program that went 2-8 last season.

“They said I’ll be a linebacker and I’ll have a shot to start,” Duncan said. “It just really means a lot (to be able to play college football). I’m glad I can continue my football career. I hope I can bring whatever I can down there and help them win.”

Duncan was a NewsTribune All-Area pick in the fall after leading the Cavaliers in tackles with 70.

“Obviously, if you look at him, he’s going to bring some physical presence,” former L-P coach Joe Sassano said. “He has size, some speed and pretty good athleticism.

“The biggest adjustment players have (going to college) is the speed of the game, but he can pad it up and play with them in terms of size. I think he has a good opportunity down there. I think he has an opportunity to contribute and contribute fairly early.”

Duncan plans to study to become a nurse.

Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.

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