Bud Dupree
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Dupree in 2021
No. 48 – Tennessee Titans
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-02-12) February 12, 1993 (age 29)
Macon, Georgia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:269 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Wilkinson County
(Irwinton, Georgia)
College:Kentucky
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:248
Sacks:42.5
Forced fumbles:9
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:1
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans 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 Pittsburgh Steelers.

High school career

Dupree attended Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Georgia.[1] He was a three-year starter at defensive end and four-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.[2] He also played basketball for his high school, was on the honor roll, and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.

College career

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 five tackles in each game. He finished the season with 21 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery.[3]

As a sophomore in 2012, Dupree started all 12 regular season games and recorded 91 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks. He recorded a season high 12 tackles against Western Kentucky. For his sophomore season he ranked 10th in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in tackles and seventh in the FBS for sacks and tackles for loss.[4] After this season he would switch from linebacker to defensive lineman for his last two years at Kentucky.[3]

As a junior, in 2013, he played in 11 games, ranking second on his team with 61 tackles, first on the team with 9.5 tackles-for-loss at defensive end. He also had seven sacks and two forced fumbles. Against Mississippi State, Dupree recorded a career-high 13 tackles. In the SEC he finished sixth in sacks.[5][6]

Dupree returned as a starter at defensive end his senior season in 2014 and was voted team captain for the Wildcats that year.[7][8][9] For the season he had 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, and eight sacks. He also started all 12 games and recorded his first career interception which he returned for a game-winning touchdown in a 45-38 win against South Carolina.[3][10] On Saturday, May 9, 2015, he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in community and leadership development.[11]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
269 lb
(122 kg)
32+58 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.56 s 1.60 s 2.65 s 4.48 s 7.52 s 42 in
(1.07 m)
11 ft 6 in
(3.51 m)
All values from NFL Combine[12]/Kentucky's Pro Day[13]
Dupree in a 2016 game against the Denver Broncos
Dupree in a 2016 game against the Denver Broncos

Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming out of college, Dupree was projected to be a first round draft pick by the majority of NFL analysts. He received an invitation to the NFL combine and completed the majority of combine drills. Dupree was unable to perform the bench due to a pectoral injury and opted to not run the short shuttle and three-cone drill after suffering a groin injury. On March 12, 2015, he participated at Kentucky's pro day and performed very well in positional drills, the short shuttle, and three cone drills for scouts and teams representatives from 26 NFL teams. Minnesota Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer, Cincinnati Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis, and Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin attended to scout Dupree, Za'Darius Smith, Braylon Heard, and 15 other prospects.[14] Analysts and scouts gave him positive reviews for his freakish athleticism, explosive burst, large frame, outstanding power and strength, ability to play zone coverage, and character. The only criticisms he received were due to his below-average instincts and lack of consistency.[12] He was also ranked the top defensive end out of the 148 available by NFLDraftScout.com, was ranked the fourth best outside linebacker by Sports Illustrated, the fifth best edge rusher by NFL analyst Charles Davis, and was ranked the second best edge rusher by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[15][16][17][18]

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Dupree in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[19] He was the first University of Kentucky player taken in the first round since defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson went with the fourth overall pick to the New York Jets in the 2003 NFL Draft.[20] He was the second linebacker selected in the draft, behind Vic Beasley who was selected with the eighth overall pick.[21]

2015

On May 15, 2015, the Steelers signed Dupree to a four-year contract worth $9.22 million with $8.63 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.97 million.[22][23]

He began his rookie season as the backup left outside linebacker behind veteran Arthur Moats. Dupree made his professional regular season debut in the Steelers' regular-season opener against the New England Patriots and finished the 28–21 loss with two solo tackles and sacked Tom Brady. The next game, he made a season-high four combined tackles and a sack during the Steelers' 43–18 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. On November 29, 2015, he made his first career start against the Seattle Seahawks and made one solo tackle. He finished his rookie season with 26 combined tackles, four sacks, and a pass deflection while playing in all 16 regular-season games and five starts.[24]

2016

Dupree was named the starting left outside linebacker ahead of Moats to begin the 2016 regular season.[25] On September 4, 2016, Dupree was placed on injured reserve after suffering a groin injury.[26] He was activated off injured reserve on November 19, 2016, prior to Week 11.[27] He played in his first game of the season the following game. On November 24, 2016, he recorded two solo tackles in a 28–7 victory at the Indianapolis Colts. On December 11, 2016, he made his first start of the season and recorded a career-high five solo tackles, an assisted tackle, and sacked Bills' quarterback Tyrod Taylor 2.5 times during a 27–20 victory over the Buffalo Bills.[24]

2017

Head coach Mike Tomlin named Dupree the left outside linebacker to begin the season, opposite T. J. Watt.[28]

Dupree was unable to play in the season-opener against the Cleveland Browns due to a shoulder injury.[29] On September 17, 2017, he made his season-debut and collected two combined tackles, deflected a pass, and sacked Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Case Keenum during a 26-9 victory. In Week 4, Dupree recorded four solo tackles and sacked Joe Flacco, as the Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens 26-9.[24]

2018

On April 23, 2018, the Steelers picked up the fifth-year option on Dupree's contract worth $9.23 million [30] On September 24, Dupree intercepted his first career pass off Ryan Fitzpatrick, and returned it for a touchdown.[31] Dupree finished the 2018 season with 42 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 passes defended, and 1 interception returned for a touchdown. He received an overall grade of 60.5 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 78th highest grade among all qualifying edge defenders.[32]

2019

In week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dupree forced a fumble off Andy Dalton in the 27–3 win.[33] In week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts, Dupree recorded two sacks on Brian Hoyer, one of which was a strip sacked that he forced and recovered, in the 26–24 win, earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.[34][35] In week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dupree recorded a strip sack on Ryan Finley and recovered the football in the 16–10 win.[36] In the following week's game against the Cleveland Browns, Dupree sacked Baker Mayfield 1.5 times, one of which included another strip sack that was recovered by Cam Heyward, in the 20–13 win.[37] Dupree had a career year in 2019 recording 11.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 68 combined tackles.

2020

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Dupree on March 16, 2020.[38] He signed the one-year tender on April 23, 2020.[39] In Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Dupree recorded his first sack of the season on Drew Lock during the 26–21 win. Dupree's sack forced Lock to fumble the football and it was recovered by the Steelers.[40] In week 12, against the Baltimore Ravens, Dupree tore his ACL and was placed on season-ending injured reserve the following day.[41]

Dupree with the Titans in 2021
Dupree with the Titans in 2021

Tennessee Titans

Dupree signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Tennessee Titans on March 19, 2021.[42][43][44] Heading into training camp, Dupree was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on July 24, 2021.[45] He was activated off the list on August 6, 2021, playing in his first practice the same day.[46] He suffered an abdominal injury in Week 10 and was placed on injured reserve on November 20, 2021.[47] He was activated on December 18.

Ế==NFL career statistics==

Legend
Bold Career high
Regular season statistics
Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack TFL QBH Int Yds Avg TD PD FF FR Yds TD
2015 PIT 16 5 26 17 9 4.0 4 6 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2016 PIT 7 4 24 19 5 4.5 6 7 0 0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0
2017 PIT 15 15 40 31 9 6.0 12 7 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0
2018 PIT 16 15 42 30 12 5.5 8 13 1 10 10.0 1 3 1 0 0 0
2019 PIT 16 16 68 49 19 11.5 16 17 0 0 0.0 0 3 4 1 0 0
2020 PIT 11 11 31 23 8 8.0 8 15 0 0 0.0 0 2 2 0 0 0
2021 TEN 11 6 17 13 4 3.0 2 8 0 0 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Career 92 72 248 182 66 42.5 56 73 1 10 10.0 1 12 9 2 0 0

Personal life

Dupree was raised in Toomsboro, Georgia. His father is Alvin Dupree Sr. and his mother is Sophia Stephens. He is also an avid dog lover.[48] 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.[49]

In the early hours of February 18, 2022, Dupree turned himself in to police after being cited for misdemeanor battery charges for an attack against an employee at a Nashville Walgreens after a game against the Miami Dolphins. Before fleeing the scene, Dupree grabbed the employee and later tried to take his phone. Allegedly, Dupree had been "heckled and threatened" before the incident occurred. A court hearing was scheduled for a later date.[50]

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