Duncan readily agrees that three years ago he never would have believed he might be a starting offensive linemen when UK opens the season Sept. 1 against Eastern Kentucky.
"I definitely would not have believed it. I came to college thinking I would be a tight end, possibly a defensive end. It has been a fun journey seeing different sides of the ball and playing different positions. It just enhances your love for the game seeing a different perspective on football," Duncan said.
Some college coaches speculated that Duncan would eventually be an offensive lineman when he was recruited.
"I heard the same things, but I didn't want to believe them. You always think if you work hard, maybe you can get your speed up. The coaches here are realistic. They knew I didn't have the speed to be a NFL tight end. They have had NFL careers and know the offensive line is where I need to be to reach my full potential. I value their opinions and it seems like a smart move," Duncan said.
It really could because unlike some players who have always been linemen, Duncan is still learning — and getting better daily.
"It is a whole new world down there. You would think growing up around football you might know a little bit, but every day you are learning new technique, new tip or a new step to put you in the right position. That is just the fun part about football — learning something new every day and learning from older guys. The competition is fun, but the best part is that every day I know I will get better because I learn something different," Duncan said.