Duck Depth Chart
Washington Game '06

Mouse over player name for summary info; Click for player bio. All player information and summary text has been obtained from the official web site for Oregon Football. Depth chart positions are based on the Oregon Football Weekly Release October 30, 2006. Player depth positions beyond the published 2-deep are entirely speculative and gleened from comments made from news sources and from They can never be completely accurate. Comments can be sent to Chile Duck
30 Kwame Agyeman
5-11 205 Jr. SS

Itasca, Ill.
(Lake Park HS)

— After afforded the luxury of grasping the system the last two years and observing what it takes to be successful, coaches feel he has positioned himself to make an impact. Enjoyed a solid spring showing while demonstrating a good knowledge of team’s defensive concepts as well as opposing offenses’ strategies. Provides the flexility of playing both on the perimeter or inside, although spent the majority of last spring concentrating at the outside linebacker post. Possesses great instincts that allowed him to improve his anticipation to swarm to the football faster and make plays he wasn’t capable of in the past. Impressed coaches enough in the early going as a true freshman to forgo a redshirt season before emerging as a solid reserve behind an all-conference standout. Last season’s development hampered by missed time during the ‘05 spring, however accomplished the needed improvement this off-season to thrust himself in the middle of competition for a starting berth.
5 Remene Alston Jr.
5-9 183 Fr. RB

Greensboro, N.C.
(Page HS)

— The PrepStar all-region choice is ranked among the top 20 prep running back recruits in the country by Clocked with a 40 time of 4.4, also is considered among the top 22 recruits out of North Carolina. The Metro Conference 4A state offensive player of the year rushed for 2,133 yards and 24 touchdowns his senior year, in addition to returning a pair of punts for scores. Included was a 92-yard punt return for a TD for the Pirates, who finished 2005 with a 5-6 ledger and a first-round state playoff appearance. The speedster proved to be the source for much of his team’s success last fall after Page High School suffered through an 0-10 slate in 2004. Be it a coincidence or not, Alston’s play was limited his junior year due to a knee injury. Yet he rebounded to complete his prep career as the No. 5 all-time rusher in school history, racking up 4,057 yards (6.6 per carry average) and 32 touchdowns. The three-time all-conference selection was named to last fall’s all-area team by the (Greensboro) News & Record. He began his high school career by rushing for 902 yards and four touchdowns on only 144 carries (6.3 avg.) as a sophomore in 2003.
40 John Bacon
6-3 235 So. LB

Golden, Colo.
(Lakewood HS)

— After experiencing one of the better springs among his linebacker counterparts, has positioned himself for major contributions should he continue his progress. Deemed one of his outpost’s most improved due to commendable work ethic, improving in every aspect of his play. Bettered his speed and agility during the ‘06 off-season, enabling him to make plays he was unable to make in the past. Tested as program’s second-strongest linebacker in the clean (308 lbs.) and squat (445 llbs.) categories as well as posting position’s third-fastest 40 clocking (4.76). Credited with four tackles in team’s Spring Game. Provides solid depth at the Will linebacker position as he awaits his first collegiate tackle.
88 Brandon Bair
6-7 235 Fr. TE

St. Anthony, Idaho
(South Fremont HS)

— Originally signing a letter-of-intent in 2003 before embarking on a two-year church mission, enrolled in classes in time to participate in 2006 spring drills. Took some time to shake off the cobwebs yet displayed flashes of the athleticism that attracted college coaches as a prep senior. Benefits from his size as a big target to throw to, runs solid routes and possesses good hands. Could develop into a complete tight end from the line of scrimmage or as an H-back playing in space. Needs to improve his speed and strength following two years of inactivity, yet preception persists that he could be worth the wait.
8 Jackie Bates
5-10 180 Jr. CB

Benicia, Calif.
(De La Salle HS)

— As program’s most experienced cornerback (seven career starts), coaches hopeful that now is the time he assumes the leadership role he is capable. Possesses the ability to become a premier defensive back in the conference as well as be as good as any of his predecessors in recent memory. Increased his intensity and focus in the spring and needs to be a dominating force for the secondary to be successful in 2006. Is the type of player who could have benefitted down the road from redshirting his first year, yet possessed too much talent to sit on the bench as a true freshman in ‘04. Clocked team’s fastest electronic 40 time during the spring (4.46) in addition to squad’s third-best vertical jump (34 inches). One of program’s better cover cornerbacks and is a good open-field tackler. Only Rashad Bauman (1997-01) has completed a faster 40 time among school’s all-time defensive backs than Bates’ 4.31 in 2005 off-season. Tied for most tackles in the Spring Game with eight. Will begin fall drills as the starter at left cornerback
40 Luke Bellotti
5-9 165 Jr. PK

Eugene, Ore.
(Sheldon HS)

— Converted school-record 13 field goals and 70 PATs as a senior as Sheldon won the 4A state championship. The two-time first team all-Midwestern League kicker and first team all-state (The Oregonian) pick booted 31-yard field goal in overtime to lift Sheldon to a 31-28 victory over Beaverton for the state title. Set a school record by kicking a 45-yard field goal against Marshfield. Had two field goals and 40 extra points as a junior in 2001. Was a first team, all-league soccer player as a senior as Sheldon was state co-champion. Lettered three years in football and soccer as well as one year in baseball.
13 Jerome Boyd
6-2 211 So. SS

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Dorsey HS)

— Came into program as a raw talent and emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises of the spring. Converted from free safety to linebacker, which may be more conducive to his physical attributes. Encountered great improvement during off-season conditioning workouts and able to convert progress onto the field in the spring as the position’s most improved. Added approximately 17 lbs. to his frame since his redshirt freshman year and bettered squat (395 lbs.) and bench press pinnacles (355 lbs.) by 75 and 40 pounds, respectively, while improving electronic 40 speed to 4.55 as program’s fastest linebacker on record.  Has made the greatest improvement in his game with his open-field tackling. Already establishing himself as a valuable special teams component, could find himself in the midst of the battle for a starting role at outside linebacker should he continue the same level of growth and maturity over the summer.
27 Andiel Brown
5-10 198 Jr. RB

Portland, Ore.
(Cleveland HS)

— There is a lot to be said about the determination of a walk-on at a high-profile position who has remained undaunted as he heads into his fourth year in the program. Yet he has maintained the proper attitude to succeed, with an increased presence potentially looming as a result of his hard work. Possessing the ability to play a prominant role at the Division I level, he provides quality depth at the running back position and could likely emerge into a special teams mainstay. Clocked with the position’s second-fastest electronic 40 time during winter testing (4.74), he runs the ball well in the open field and maintains good vision. Rushed for 30 yards on six carries in the 2006 spring finale.
23 Brian Butterfield
5-11 172 Fr. CB

Sherwood, Ore.
(Sherwood HS)

32 Jairus Byrd
5-11 208 Fr. ROV

Clayton, Mo.
(Clayton HS)

— A veteran secondary a year ago tempered the temptation for coaches to bypass his redshirt year. Yet size and athleticism elicits excitement for what lies ahead. Utilizes speed, aggression and intelligence to provide traits as an outstanding cover defender who could become an impact player from the moment he steps onto the field. Experience at the collegiate level stands as his lone barrier in determining how quickly he has a chance to display his talents. Injuries the latter part of spring drills hampered his progress just as he was beginning to display flashes of his potential. Possesses the talent to play any position in the secondary as well as outside linebacker but expected to begin the fall as a reserve rover. Posted four tackles in the spring game in addition to recovering one fumble and returning an interception 52 yards. Tied for secondary’s second-best clean lift (308 lbs.) following winter conditioning.
87 Rory Cavaille
6-3 206 RFr. WR

Shelton, Wash.
(Shelton HS)

15 Patrick Chung
5-11 205 So. ROV

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
(Rancho Cucamonga HS)

— Few players have made the immediate impact at such an early stage of their careers, drawing freshman All-America raves on several fronts. Exceeded expectations as a first-year mainstay and has set the bar higher for every year to come. Maintains the drive to continually improve along with incredible skills and toughness. Utilizes speed and outstanding feel for the game to emerge as a solid cover defender as well as a great tackler. His ability to accelerate to the ball separates himself from average defensive backs. Possesses the flexibility to start at any one of four slots in the secondary, yet coaches prefer to leave him at rover in order to take greatest advantage of his knack as a playmaker. Next step of development dependant on the mastering of the mental aspect of his game. Missed all of ‘06 spring drills while recuperating from off-season shoulder surgery. Clocked as program’s second-fastest player (4.56 40) following his redshirt freshman year and peaked with a 297-lb. bench press.
3 Cameron Colvin
6-2 205 Jr. WR

Pittsburgh, Calif.
(De La Salle HS)

— Possesses the natural ability to fill the void as program’s go-to receiver, yet sometimes coaches are hardest on those with the most untapped potential. Has demonstrated flashes of proficiency of catching the ball in traffic and possesses the football speed to break away from defenders. Also exhibits good pad level and doesn’t shy away from his role as a blocker. Yet a lack of consistency remains as one of few hurdles to overcome in his quest to reach the next level. Spring injury hampered his progress, thus continued hard work over the summer will key his development. One of his greatest attributes remains his awareness of any deficiencies and his desire to overcome them. Often applauded for his attitude and work ethic in the past, the time is ripe for him to assume a leadership role. Topped players at his position with a 320-lb. bench press (personal 15-lb. PR) during ‘06 winter testing after surpassing position’s previous  all-time best with 445-lb. squat in 2005.
7 Nathan Costa
6-1 198 Fr. QB

Hilmar, Calif.
(Hilmar HS)

— The PrepStar all-region selection was rated among the nation’s top 19 quarterbacks in the nation by, displaying a versatility as a dual-threat standout. Led the Trans Valley League in rushing as well as finishing second in passing and scoring (108), completing 161 of 276 passes (58 percent) for 2,252 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior while picking up an additional 1,709 yards (8.1 avg.) and 18 TDs on the ground. Tallied a season-best 265 yards running with the football vs. Escalon en route to 496 yards of total offense. Included were scoring runs of 56 and 58 yards in addition to completing 20 of 27 passes. Also credited with 329 passing yards against Bret Harte in addition to rushing for four scores against Amador. The Central Valley player of the year led his team to the conference championship in 2005 as the Yellowjackets posted a 12-1 ledger last fall. A three-time all-state honoree and two-time league MVP, he passed for 2,249 yards and 23 TDs as a junior in addition to running for 662 yards and six TDs.
23 Andre Crenshaw
5-10 188 Fr. RB

Lancaster, Calif.
(Antelope Valley HS)

— Accumulated 1,226 yards (6.7 avg.) and 13 touchdowns on 182 carries his senior year to earn PrepStar all-region plaudits. Eclipsed 100 yards rushing in five outings a year ago, led by 197 yards against Silverado. Defensively, added 44 tackles (33 unassisted), recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes (82 yards in returns), returning one for a 42-yard score. The Golden League’s second-leading rusher and scorer (90 points) paced the Antelopes to an 8-4 ledger last fall as well as a conference co-championship before they were eliminated from CIF Division III playoffs in the second round. Enjoying a season-high 279 yards rushing against Oakland Tech as a junior, he also picked off a pair of passes during the 2004 season.
67 Sean Cullen
6-3 290 Jr. OL

Janesville, Wis.
(Craig HS)

— Benefits from the versatility of playing either guard or center, providing coaches with the confidence that he can accurately deliver the long snap to the quarterback on a consistent basis. Relies on solid work ethic and intelligence, and has improved his technique in the run game as well as protecting the passer. Has improved his strength and possesses a toughness that enables him to contend for playing time as well as a spot on the team’s travel roster.
93 Nicholas Dahlen
6-1 190 RFr. WR

Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
(Palos Verdes HS)

9 Ryan DePalo
6-1 199 Jr. FS

Beaverton, Ore.
(Southridge HS)

— Few players have taken advantage of their opportunity to the extent of the former walk-on, who was described by his position coach as one of the most improved he has ever worked with. Has combined a tremendous work ethic with a deep self-belief to raise his level of play to the point where defense experienced little decline as he subbed for injured two-year starter in the spring. Has benefitted from added repetitions each of the past two off-seasons when others were less than full strength. Toughness epitomized by role as one of program’s most prolific special teams performers each of his past two years. Has grabbed a firm hold as one of the secondary’s first players off the bench. Remains as squad’s strongest defensive back, improving unit-best lifts to 313-lb. power clean (school’s 4th all time among defensive backs) and 330-lb. bench press. Posted seven tackles and broke up pair of passes in annual Spring Game.
83 Ed Dickson
6-5 230 RFr. HB

Bellflower, Calif.
(Bellflower HS)

— Brings tremendous athleticism to the position as evidenced by playing a lot of wide receiver on last fall’s scout team and even tried at defensive end during bowl preparations. His toughness became apparent from the outset while possessing excellent hands and great spead as evidenced by the position’s-best 4.82 electronic clocking in the 40 during off-season testing. Still learning the intricacies as a line-of-scrimmage player and needs to refine his route running but maintains all the skills to vertically stretch the defense. Could begin his collegiate indoctrination as a special teams contributor this fall. Caught one pass for 35 yards in the Spring Game.
89 Michael DiVincenzo
6-2 217 So. DE

Granada, Calif.
(Notre Dame HS)

10 Dennis Dixon
6-4 196 Jr. QB

San Leandro, Calif.
(San Leandro HS)

— Coaches were confident of his abilities heading into the 2005 season and his play the latter half of the season demonstrated why. While his athletic prowess was never in question, his skills as a complete quarterback stepped to the forefront his sophomore season. Is a very intelligent football player who improves with every practice, and made great strides in the spring in his decision making, particularly in the running game. Possesses a good arm and a quick release, yet his quickness and ability to avoid would-be tacklers looms as his trait that can cause opposing defenses real problems. Needs to continue to work on his mechanics as a passer in order to improve his accuracy and delivery of the ball with more authority. Gained approximately 10 pounds since his sophomore season to improve his durability. Eclipsed Akili Smith’s eight-year-old 40-yard dash record for the best time ever among quarterbacks with a clocking of 4.49 during 2005 winter workouts. Benefits from the best lower-body strength among teammates at his position with a 325-lb. squat. Has demonstrated increased confidence in his own abilities since enrolling at Oregon during the ‘04 winter term. Completed 14 of 25 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in the ‘06 spring finale.
31 Jameel Dowling
6-2 184 Jr. DB

Tacoma, Wash.
(Butte College)
(Mt. Tahoma HS)

— Certainly benefitted from his presence during spring drills as he struggled at times with the transition from the junior college ranks, but now aware of where he needs to improve heading into fall camp. Off-season remains the key to his 2006 contribution as he is working to improve his grasp of team’s defense as well as increased speed of the game. Yet remains a fearless competitor who brings a physical mentality to the game, and displays a knack for making plays. Is sure to be an asset on special teams with the potential to quickly climb the depth chart from the line of scrimmage. Begins his indoctrination at the Division I level at cornerback although future may find him best suited at safety somewhere down the line. Shared the team lead with eight tackles in the spring finale in addition to breaking up two passes.
14 Matt Dragich
6-1 213 Sr. P

San Pedro, Calif.
(El Camino College)
(San Pedro HS)

— Consistency was his biggest adjustment but once he adapted to his surroundings and program’s directional punting philosophy, improvement followed suit. Possesses a very good leg and good athleticism yet just as important, he’s performed well at the college level. Hang time his initial spring was solid while inconsistencies worked themselves out with more repetitions and becoming comfortable at the next level. Added occasional kickoff chores to his resume in his first season.
53 Erik Elshire
6-1 225 So. LB

Bend, Ore.
(Summit HS)

85 Matt Evensen
6-1 191 So. PK

Portland, Ore.
(Franklin HS)

— Patience finally paid off for the walk-on as a powerful leg caught the eye of the coaches and resulted in him sharing time as the Ducks’ kickoff specialist. Waited in the wings until injuries also opened the door for him to display his talents as a placements specialist, yet consistency remains his only deterrent to claiming the latter role on a full-time basis. Converted all three PAT attempts and a 20-yard field goal in the 2006 Spring Game.
90 David Faaeteete
6-2 307 Jr. DT

Medford, Ore.
(North Medford HS)

— Got his feet wet in a reserve role as a true freshman, yet found it hard to get on the field as much as he would have liked last year due to the presence of a pair of starting tackles who were hard to remove from the lineup. Positioned himself for the future with his best career performance in the 2005 season finale vs. Oklahoma. A sore knee hampered his development last spring and slowed his progress in the off-season but is expected to be full strength by the start of fall camp. Possesses tremendous lower-body strength as one of Ducks’ strongest players, with his 585-lb. squat ranking tops on the team and equalling fourth-best among program’s all-time defensive linemen. Also shares position’s second-best power clean (308 lbs.) and third-best bench press (375 lbs.). The tough-nosed competitor is very explosive for his size and an extremely hard worker who constantly aims to give supreme effort. Needs better use of his hands and can improve his change of direction. Will open fall camp with the starting nod at right tackle but will have to take up where he left off last year in order to hold back competition.
56 Victor Filipe
6-2 290 Sr. DE

Salt Lake City, Utah
(Highland HS)

— Made use of the 2005 spring to catapult himself into position for a starting role his junior season. Encountered a solid fall camp and started the season strong. Kept battling all year to his credit yet development leveled off toward the end of the year. Returns as one of the team’s most experienced defensive linemen and utilizes his quickness to disrupt the offense. Time spent in the weight room starting to pay dividends for one of the program’s fastest linemen, but still needs to get stronger. Also learning to use his hands to his advantage. Injuries delayed his progress in the past but able to demonstrate what he can do when healthy. Summer workouts remain key to getting a good start in the fall and expected to push for a starting nod, however will be a vital component to the defense’s success as a starter or key reserve.
18 James Finley
6-2 204 Sr. WR

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Compton CC)
(Manuel Arts HS)

— Few receivers exhibit the toughness of team’s returning statistical leader, which has earned him respect from coaches and teammates alike. Utilizes excellent hands and is willing to go after the football over the middle and worry about the consequences later. Exudes an infectious enthusiasm on those around him and uses his size to his advantage by shielding defenders from the ball. Improved speed evidenced by shaving .06 off last year’s electronic 40 time (4.75) as Ducks’ third-fastest receiver. While primarily utilized as squad’s inside receiver a year ago, could increase his productivity by being able to play inside or outside. Could benefit from getting in and out of breaks a little quicker and needs to take advantage of every practice to reach his full potential. Caught three passes for 13 yards in last spring’s finale. Enhanced his position last season by arriving to school in time for the start of spring practice.
41 Morgan Flint
5-8 160 RFr. PK

Bend, Ore.
(Bend HS)

25 Kevin Garrett
5-11 215 RFr. LB

Carson, Calif.
(Narbonne HS)

— Coaches have high hopes for his future based on last fall, however a wrist injury during the winter hampered his off-season improvement and slowed his development in the spring. Displayed flashes of his potential during spring drills, relying on good quickness and solid football instincts. Possesses a burst of speed which allows himself to get into position to make plays, yet inconsistencies and a need for a better grasp of the defense provided obstacles in his bid to break into the rotation on a regular basis. The summer will be crucial in defining his role for the coming season as it is hoped he will be ready to impress coaches from the outset of fall camp. Was credited with a pair of tackles in the Spring Game.
99 Jeremy Gibbs
6-2 280 Jr. DT

Stillwater, Okla.
(NE Oklahoma A&M)
(Stillwater HS)

— Chosen a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American after accumulating 91 tackles (42 unassisted) a year ago, including seven quarterback sacks (61 yards) and an additional six tackles for loss (21 yards). Rated as the nation’s 45th-best junior college prospect by, the first-team all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honoree also deflected two passes for a team that finished sixth in the country in the final National Junior College Athletic Association poll. The Golden Norsemen capped their 9-3 campaign in 2005 with a 21-19 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast CC in the Dalton Defenders Bowl. Broke into the junior college ranks in 2004 with 23 tackles (10 solo) and five tackles for loss (21 yards) to go along with his one quarterback sack, one pass deflection and one interception. The three-year starter at Stillwater High School completed his prep career with 60 tackles and six sacks his senior season.
17 Willie Glasper
5-11 175 RFr. CB

Pittsburgh, Calif.
(De La Salle HS)

— Has displayed tremendous physical skills which results in ability as a great cover cornerback. Relies on instincts to place himself in position to make plays yet could utilize a better air of confidence needed to be successful at his position. Begins fall camp in the mix to secure a starting role but needs to be prepared to tackle the challenge head on. When he masters the art of finishing plays, could evolve into a player to be reckoned with. Joining the program in time for the 2005 winter term, he grasped the defense well during his initial spring and maintained the attitude that is conducive to improving with every practice. Tied for third among defensive backs in vertical jump (31 inches) and tested third with a 310-lb. bench press during the winter.
42 Brent Haberly
6-1 228 Sr. LB

Cottage Grove, Ore.
(Cottage Grove HS)

— Evolved from the underdog to team leader in a span of only one year, with the former walk-on defying all the odds to develop into a 12-game starter. Certainly not the biggest, strongest or fastest linebacker but few players in college football may have an understanding of the game to the extent of this self-made player. Began the 2005 spring atop the depth chart at Mike linebacker due in large part because he had been in the program the longest, yet the skeptics had not counted on him to start the season opener. Provides tremendous leadership on and off the field and refuses to be outworked. Provides the flexibility of being able to play any one of three linebacker positions. Maintains ability to not only carry out his own assignments but puts his teammates in position to make plays. The lone concern is that an off-season ankle/foot injury prevented from participating in winter conditioning workouts or any of spring drills. Not only did his absence prevent his physical improvement, the hope persists that he will in condition to tackle the fall at the pace he left off last year. Remained involved in the spring by helping tutor less experienced linebacker candidates. Must be in great shape and at full strength for the start of fall practice to compensate for teammates’ superior athleticism.
20 Matthew Harper
6-1 177 Jr. DB

Tracy, Wash.
(City College of San Francisco)
(Logan HS)

— No one word better describes the athletic defensive back from his brief spring indoctrination than “playmaker.” Was afforded little time prior to spring drills to become familiar with the system yet responded with flying colors. Displayed tremendous hands and is a sure tackler, yet perhaps one of his biggest assets is his knowledge of the game. Spent the majority of his time in the spring at free safety -- posting five tackles, two interceptions (22 yards in returns) and broke up one pass in the Spring Game -- and possesses the type talent that could force coaches to move him to other positions in order to get him on the field.
91 Ra'shon Harris
6-5 305 So. DT

Pittsburgh, Calif.
(Pittsburgh HS)

78 Jacob Hucko
6-7 307 So. OT

Buena Park, Calif.
(Cerritos HS)

— After coming on strong the latter quarter a year ago, coaches hopeful that he will start 2006 where he left off last season. If he is able to regain that form early, will put himself in position for extensive playing time during the coming year, if not challenge for a starting berth. Possesses excellent feet and balance, and needs to utilize his athleticism to a greater extent. Increased consistency also will come his way once he gains more experience, and still could benefit more from added strength and aggression. Ranked third among offensive line counterparts during winter testing with 365-lb. bench press.
27 Titus Jackson
6-1 196 RFr. FS

Pomona, Calif.
(Diamond Ranch HS)

— Working hard to adapt to the next level of competition while continually seeking to gain a grasp of the system. Yet possesses a tenacity and determination that will result in his talent blossoming in the near future. Attracted attention during the spring from his play on special teams and will likely become a major contributor this fall in that arena. Needs to continue his improvement during the off-season and display his progress early in fall camp and is considered a major asset for years to come.
24 Jeremiah Johnson
5-9 213 So. RB

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Dorsey HS)

— Injuries to others in the backfield thwarted the goal to redshirt the underrated recruit during the fifth game of his first year, with his performance validating his promise. Characterized as possibly the team’s best all-around returnee, utilizing good speed and an elusive style to avoid would-be tacklers in the open field along with great hands to complement his talents as a receiver. Also possesses the intelligence to play within his limitations as well as understanding his role as an above average pass blocker. Solid upper-body strength epitomized by 286-lb. power clean and 315-lb. bench press during winter testing. Spring Game totals included 45 yards rushing on 11 carries, 79 receiving yards on five catches, one punt return for seven yards and three yards from one kickoff return.
41 Marvin Johnson
5-10 188 Fr. CB

Compton, Calif.
(Dominquez HS)

— Listed among California’s top 100 players by as well as the 26th-rated safety prospect in the nation. Garnered San Gabriel League MVP recognition as the all-state and all-CIF recipient was awarded “Dream Team” player-of-the-year plaudits by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Rushed for 1,016 yards and 18 touchdowns as a quarterback his senior year while passing for 1,250 yards (54-96), two interceptions and 19 more scores. Defensively, accumulated better than 90 tackles while intercepting five passes. Epitomizing his natural talents, he completed a 91-yard pass against Downey and as well as a 92-yard run against Warren in a game in which he accumulated 250 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The finalist for state player-of-the-year honors led the Dons to the CIF Division III championship with a 13-1 ledger and a No. 5 state ranking as they won their final 12 games of the year. The San Gabriel Valley league champions outscored opponents, 612-159. Johnson competed in the CaliFlorida all-star game.
6 Derrick Jones
6-1 180 Fr. WR

Gardena, Calif.
(Long Beach Poly HS)

— Collegiate experience at Oregon limited to fewer than 15 spring practices, yet able to demonstrate flashes of greatness following a two-year layoff. Coaches cognizant of his inexperience and inactivity, and hope to avoid the temptation to throw him into the fire before he is ready. Is blessed with the speed to run past Division I defenders, yet benefits from his background in the game at lower levels. Is very intelligent in terms of his knowledge of the game and explosiveness complements his enthusiasm and confidence. Needs improvement in all phases, specifically his technique and underneath routes, as that could further enhance the effects of his speed. Will need to mature in a hurry in order to become a factor early in the season, with the summer crucial to his development. Also competed on school’s track team once spring football drills were completed, running the third leg on the 4x100 relay that won its first Pac-10 title ever (39.74) and finished seventh in the NCAA meet (39.48).
82 Dan Kause
6-4 252 Sr. HB

Villa Park, Calif.
(Servite HS)

— Injuries have been his biggest obstacle each of his last two seasons and have hampered his improvement at the line of scrimmage. Still seeking to regain his productivity from his freshman year and coaches are confident he possesses the tools to do so. Showcases the ability of an excellent receiver, with the current offense catering to his potential at the H-back position. Created the impression in past springs that he may be ready to bloom prior to being derailed once the fall rolls around. Must remain healthy in order to recapture the momentum he has benefitted from in the past, with off-season work in the weight room vital to his opportunity to make an impact. Caught one pass for 10 yards in the Spring Game.
81 Ryan Keeling
6-5 247 So. TE

Springfield, Ore.
(Thurston HS)

— A knee injury his initial fall didn’t make his transition to the next level any easier. But coaches’ optimism rewarded last year when his work paid dividends towards improvement. Holds the potential to develop into a strong line-of-scrimmage blocker, yet his work in the weight room and improved technique will determine how quickly that occurs. Needs to remain healthy and gain more consistency if he is to continue making progress up the depth chart. Caught one pass for 11 yards in the 2006 Spring Game.
12 Cody Kempt
6-2 193 Fr. QB

Beaverton, Ore.
(Westview HS)

— The PrepStar All-American was ranked among the top seven quarterbacks on the West Coast by the publication as well as the fifth-best recruit in Oregon by He completed 55 percent of his passes his senior year for close to 1,800 yards and 23 scores to earn honorable mention all-state accolades (The Oregonian). Also rushed for another 400 yards and five TDs. Passed for 1,617 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in 2004 in addition to running for another 492 yards and six more scores. Defensively, was credited with three quarterback sacks, two caused fumbles and one interception in 2004 to earn second-team all-Metro League acclaim. The Wildcats lost in opening round of state playoffs to Tualatin to finish with a 7-3 record.
51 Jeff Kendall
6-3 280 So. C

Colorado Springs, Colo.
(Air Academy HS)

— Injuries have been his greatest deterrent to increased contributions as he has battled through thumb and wrist ailments through the majority of his first two years. Has positioned himself for strong contention as backup center behind established starter, yet consistency has suffered due to interruptions in availability and development. Is a very athletic and intelligent competitor yet needs to acquire more strength, which was tough to do his first year due to a broken thumb. However, equalled the offensive line’s fastest electronic time in the 40 (5.41). All he lacks is experience, which will come through additional repetitions. Provides the additional flexability of being able to play center and tackle well.
2 Jordan Kent
6-5 210 Sr. WR

Eugene, Ore.
(Churchill HS)

— If it wasn’t enough that he had the nerve to step onto the football field for the first time in 2005 without ever having played the game, he succeeded in becoming the first male Division I athlete to letter in three or more sports in the same year (football, basketball and track) since 2001-02. Parlays pure athletic ability and blazing speed that few defensive backs can match, with the only thing lacking being experience. Improved immensely throughout first spring of gridiron tutoring in 2006 as he relied on intelligence and disciplines from other sports to eagerly grasp anything to make him better.  Film study during the off-season will be crucial to his learning the game. The four-time NCAA track & field All-American and 2003 200-meter regional winner ran the opening leg on school’s 2005 third-place NCAA 4x400 relay and anchored school-record 4x100 relay that placed sixth. Owns collegiate bests of 10.41 (100), 20.82w (200), 46.95 (400) and 24-9 3/4 (long jump). Selected as an academic all-conference honoree on six occasions.
98 Aaron Knowles
6-1 182 Sr. P

Springfield, Ore.
(College of the Siskiyous)
(Springfield HS)

— The walk-on demonstrated a tremendous leg during the spring of 2005, which acted as a springboard to get onto the field as a junior. Brings great competition to the table and played a role in the improvement of team’s punting game.
38 Matt Larkin
6-2 220 So. HB

Boise, Idaho
(Capital HS)

80 Drew Larson
6-2 212 Sr. WR

Pendleton, Ore.
(Pendleton HS)

16 Brady Leaf
6-5 231 Jr. QB

Great Falls, Mont.
(C.M. Russell HS)

— The epitome of solid work ethic, regardless of place on the depth chart, who worked his way into position to be ready when called on. Beginning his sophomore season third on a depth chart behind a third-year all-conference caliber starter, it would have been easy to go through the motions and look ahead to the next year. But when opportunity knocked, Brady was ready and now finds himself sharing time with team’s acknowledged starter. Possesses the size that none of Oregon’s other quarterbacks can boast of, which serves as an advantage when surveying the field. Maintains a poise that is unmatched and allows him to remain in control and stand tall in the pocket, as exemplified in Ducks’ overtime win over California, and has gained confidence with each snap he has taken. Is a very intelligent student of the game and maintains the intangible of being at his best when the game is on the line. Has developed into a very good intermediate passer who can strong-arm the football toward the sideline. Has overcome the perception of a lack of mobility by proving to make very good decisions on the move. Turned some heads by accumulating 17 completions in 25 attempts for 213 yards and one touchdown in the 2005 Spring Game. Worked to improve his accuracy and quickness during the off-season, and possesses the strongest upper body among teammates at his position. Improved his power clean maximum to 264 lbs. Completed 19 of 34 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown in last spring’s finale but suffered from three interceptons.
71 Mark Lewis
6-4 292 So. OL

Arroyo Grande, Calif.
(Arroyo Grande HS)

— Demonstrated encouraging signs as a true freshman that he might be able to provide some immediate depth in the offensive line, but progress was slowed when he missed all of 2005 spring with a stress fracture in his foot. Although his contributions last year warrented earning a letter, it really wasn’t until last spring when his ability rose to the forefront. Spending the majority of his second year in the program at left tackle, he drew considerable attention at center during off-season workouts. Made significant strides at center to the point coaches are comfortable with him providing depth at either slot. Improved his technique and increased physical style of play, with those around him excited about his future. Improved his best back squat mark by 30 lbs. over last year to lead all offensive linemen at 535 lbs. Also qualified for the 2006 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships in the shot put with a season-best 55-2 3/4.
97 Cole Linehan
6-4 295 So. DT

Forest Grove, Ore.
(Banks HS)

— Hard work during the 2005 off-season paid dividends a year ago as he filled a valuable reserve role in the defensive line. His performance in the finale vs. Oklahoma served as a huge asset to his own confidence as well as his coaches as he now knows what it takes to be successful on every down. Possesses the drive to keep getting better and the intensity that won’t allow him to settle for second-best. Really understands the game of football and maintains a maturity uncommon to players of his relative inexperience. Has demonstrated an ability as a playmaker and coaches impressed with an attitude that constantly pushes him to succeed. Inserted into the rotation early based on knowing his assignments but play now will be dictated more on results. Needs to strengthen his upper body and not overly impressive by stopwatch standards yet compensates with an anticipation and uncanny sense of being in the midst of the action. Possesses a relentless drive that is conducive to becoming an excellent pass rusher.
55 Enoka Lucas
6-4 299 Sr. C

Honolulu, Hawai'i
(Kamehameha HS)

— The two-year starter and second-team all-Pac-10 Conference choice returned in 2005 as lone starter from 2004, and was thrust into a position of leadership along the offensive line with the departure of four seniors. Added responsibility worked to elevate his own expectations, as he now finds himself a nominee for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman. Lived up to the challenges, holding down the starting position almost flawlessly as a sophomore despite hampered with a broken thumb. Injury was the only thing preventing him from starting every game over the past two years and his performance now is expected to exceed all-league levels during every practice and every game. Possesses a command of the offense as well as assignments for every offensive line position, and became a more physical player over the last year. Utilizes his strength and toughness while equalling the school’s top bench press mark by an offensive lineman ever (455 lbs.) during winter testing. Also shares program’s top current power clean pinnacle at his position (341 lbs.). Biggest improvement has occurred in his footwork in the running game as he has learned to remain more balanced. Also his pass protection skills have improved immensely. His versatility has been enhanced by being able to play either center or guard, although his development probably aided by him staying at one outpost. Due to his hard work, already has emerged as one of the league’s best at his craft.
77 Palauni Ma Sun
6-6 335 Sr. OG

Laie, Hawai'i
(Fresno City College)
(Kahuku HS)

— Given that the rate of transition for some junior college athletes is uncertain, the JC transfer exceeded expectations from the start. Grasped the system quickly before exiting his first spring sitting atop the depth chart at left guard, and then adapted to the right side early during the 2005 fall. Made great strides overall in his strength level from a year ago, ranking fourth among team’s offensive linemen in his bench press maximum (345 lbs.) His understanding of the offense greatly improved since his 2005 spring debut and he has comprehended the difference in speed at which the game is played at the Division I level. Takes great pride in finishing his blocks and works to get downfield to put a second defender on his back. Coaches look for greater progression with improved technique yet he possesses the right attitude to be a successful offensive lineman at the major college level. Uses his size to his advantage yet hopes are he can improve his speed and quickness during the off-season. Developed as an immediate asset and holds the potential as an all-conference caliber performer his second time around.
93 Dexter Manley II
6-2 266 Jr. DE

Fayatteville, Ga.
(Santa Monica College)
(Fayette County HS)

— Ranked among nation’s top 85 junior college players by, he possesses outstanding athleticism and mobility for an individual his size. Utilizes his 4.5 speed in the 40 to offer potential as an extraordinary pass rusher. The honorable mention All-American (J.C. Grid-Wire) registered 11 quarterback sacks for the Corsairs despite missing three games a year ago. Also celebrated as a first-team California Community College Football Coaches Association all-Region III pick as well as all-South Division Western State Conference honoree. Enhancing his potential is the fact he only has two years of football experience under his belt as he concentrated on basketball throughout his high school tenure. The prep team MVP and co-captain led the team in scoring (22 avg.) and rebounding (10 avg.) his senior year in addition to being named school’s defensive player of the year.
36 Paul Martinez
6-2 210 Sr. PK

Danville, Calif.
(San Ramon Valley HS)

— The fact that Oregon turned to its former punter to handle the majority of its field goal and PAT responsibilities was not as odd as it may have appeared. After all, he was lauded as the team’s best placement specialist by year’s end in 2004 despite the fact the school’s career scoring leader continued in that role. Placekicking chores were actually his forte prior to arriving on the collegiate scene, and he wasted little time proving it once the ‘05 season started. The nation’s field goal leader established school, Pac-10 and NCAA records in his first two weeks of his new responsibilities, with only a thigh injury preventing further Oregon records from falling. Struggled in the 2005 spring due in part to a groin injury but coaches looked for continued improvement as he is able to concentrate on only one specialty and became acclimated to the role on a regular basis. Missed all of last spring due to a severe quad strain, but expected to be 100 percent by start of fall camp. Served as team’s starting punter as a true freshman before relinquishing that role as a sophomore.
86 Ryan Mattice
6-3 200 So. WR

Colorado Springs, Colo.
(Dixie State College)
(Liberty HS)

— Earned second team all-Western States Football League honors as a tight end his lone season at the St. George, Utah, junior college. Led the Rebels in receiving a year ago, accumulating 29 catches for 433 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games to pace team to a 9-3 record and a No. 11 national ranking. Included was a season-high five receptions for 99 yards vs. Garden City (Kan.) CC. The 2002 prep graduate embarked on a two-year religious mission after quarterbacking Liberty (Colo.) High School to a 10-2 record and a berth in the state quarterfinals his senior year, with the first-team Class 3A, Southern League and second-team all-area honoree completing 129-237 passes for 2,001 yards and 26 touchdowns.
29 Parris Moore
6-1 190 Sr. ROV

Santa Ana, Calif.
(Fountain Valley HS)

— While it may have taken a little longer than anticipated, has finally began to eliminate some of his mistakes that hampered his progress in the past. Spring injuries to some of those ahead of him on the depth chart allowed him to gain more repetitions, which accelerated his grasp of the defense. Benefitted from an added confidence and discipline during the off-season to keep him in the mix and improve a consistency that was missing in previous seasons. Provides quality depth at the rover position as well as vying to become a factor on special teams. Second among defensive backs in vertical leap (31.5”) as well as bench press (320 lbs.) during winter testing. Also third-fastest 40 time in the secondary (4.65). The early portion of fall camp will be vital in determining his precise role in a secondary not lacking for candidates.
38 Chris Mulvanny
6-1 226 Sr. LB

Pleasant Hill, Calif.
(Diablo Valley College)
(De La Salle HS)

— Displayed impressive toughness as well as a strong work ethic while continuing to make the transition to the Division I level. Improved his understanding of the defense during his second spring, which has put himself in position to make the play, yet in need of completing the final step and making the tackle. Now that he has acquired a taste of the next level, it is hoped his progression can result into more playing time. Improved all facets of strength testing during ‘06 off-season, sharing linebackers’ second-best power clean mark (308 lbs.) and possessing third-best squat pinnacle (440 lbs.). Posted two tackles in last spring’s final scrimmage, including one for loss of one yard. It’s imperative that he jumps out to a fast start in the fall if he’s to become a factor in early-season rotation.
28 J.D. Nelson
5-11 219 Sr. FS

Mountain View, Calif.
(Mountain View HS)

— The heart and soul of Oregon’s defense has steaily improved with little fanfare, yet few players play the game with more heart or desire than this all-conference free safety who stands unsurpassed in the Pac-10. The two-year starter and Bronko Nagurski Trophy nominee looms as team’s most experienced defender with 23 consecutive starts and has posted more career tackles than any of his teammates. Thrives on extreme intelligence, anticipation and a great feel for the game, which makes him a perfect fit for his position. Possesses outstanding quickness and is a sure tackler who plays with an attitude, which leaves a mark on would-be ball carriers. Missed all of spring drills heading into his final collegiate campaign while recovering from off-season knee surgery, but his passion for the game and work ethic will force him to make up for lost time. Tested with the squad’s second-best vertical jump (34.5”) during the ‘05 winter workouts, when he also paced the secondary with a 455-lb. squat.
19 Brian Paysinger
6-2 208 Jr. WR

Long Beach, Calif.
(Wilson HS)

— Has accomplished tremendous strides since 2005 spring, now needs to put everything together in game situations once he gets that chance. Needs to utilize speed as squad’s fastest returning receiver, with 4.52 electronic 40 clocking team’s second-fastest from 2006 off-season while 2005 4.34 hand time ranks fourth among school’s all-time receivers. Also topped his position’s counterparts last winter with a 33.5-inch vertical leap as well as 455-lb. squat, and tested second among receivers with 319-lb. power-clean lift. Exhibits confidence in his game yet status will leap forward once he masters art of short-term memory -- not allowing the results of the previous play to interfere with the outcome of the next one. Another summer of hard work will key his refinement in all areas, specifically the running of crisper pass routes. Found himself in strong contention for a starting berth at the conclusion of spring drills.
35 Spencer Paysinger
6-3 210 Fr. SS

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Beverly Hills HS)

— Credited with a team-high 54 catches for an Ocean League-leading 1,093 yards (20.2 avg.) and 10 touchdowns, with a 78-yard reception representing his longest. Included was a season-high seven catches for 112 yards in the 2005 opener vs. Diamond Bar while accumulating 128 receiving yards vs. Atascadero. Also nabbed a pair of interceptions on defense to go along with his 87 tackles (53 unassisted) as the Normans’ third-leading tackler added 2.5 quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Contributed a season-best 12 tackles against Torrance as the 2005 conference champions wound up going unbeaten through the regular season (9-1-2), with the only loss occurring to Rio Mesa in the playoffs. Following his final season, was afforded first-team all-CIF Division IV praise as well as unanimous league MVP honors. Enjoyed a solid junior season, grabbing 52 receptions for 873 yards and 10 touchdowns, to be bestowed all-league tributes.
7 Chad Peppars
5-10 178 Fr. CB

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Loyola HS)

— Team’s rushing leader and first-team all-Serra League  tailback accumulated 1,093 yards in addition to hauling in 21 receptions for 207 yards. Included in his totals were season highs of 145 yards on the ground against both Santa Margarita and Servite. The Cubs’ third-leading scorer combined to provide 78 points, including three touchdowns vs. La Quinta, as he helped lead his team to the CIF Division I title. Yet possesses the reputation as one of state’s top cover cornerbacks for a program that finished 2005 winning its last five games. Loyola finished the year in a tie for third in the conference with a 10-4 ledger, yet knocked off league co-champion Mater Dei in the third round of the state playoffs to end last fall ranked 17th in the state. Nike Camp shuttle clocking of 3.90 seconds in ‘05 summer ranked among the best prep times in the country.
33 Blair Phillips
6-2 246 Sr. LB

Alexadria, La.
(Miss. Gulf Coast CC)
(Bolton HS)

— By last season’s end, had progressed as one of the defense’s stalwarts. Yet off-season knee surgery cut into winter conditioning and slowed his improvement during spring drills. Naturally gifted ability elicits excitement from his coaches as feeling persists that he possesses all-league potential when he is able to rely on his instincts and just play the game. Combines outstanding size and speed that allows him to get to the football in a hurry, now only needs to improve his mental understanding of the defense to become a complete defensive standout. Thrives in a physical setting, testing as the program’s fifth-strongest linebacker ever with a 405-lb. bench press. Counted on to work hard during the summer to hasten his decision-making skills and get off to a fast start in the fall. Contributed five tackles and one quarterback sack in the Spring Game.
48 Jon Pope
6-1 223 Sr. SS

Selma, Ore.
(Illinois Valley HS)

— Originally walking on in time for 2004 spring drills, has displayed determination prompting coaches to try finding ways to get him on the field more often. First emerged during ‘04 fall as a stalwart on special teams due to speed and savy before level of play improved the following spring to force a look at the line of scrimmage. Possesses all the physical tools to play at the Division I level. Biggest asset is his strength, combining to lift more weight in three phases last winter than any current player in the program (1,344 lbs.). Eclipsed school record among players at his position in power clean (374 lbs.) while testing second in the squat in ‘04 (560 lbs.) and third all time in bench press (420 lbs.). Also demonstrates team’s second-best vertical jump (35 inches). Must continue to improve his grasp of the defense over the summer as well as regain his intensity from two years ago in order to be a bigger actor from the line of scrimmage, yet has proven to be a valuable special teams asset. Added five tackles in the final spring scrimmage.
49 Nick Reed
6-3 259 So. DE

Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
(Mision Viejo HS)

— Came into fall camp ready to play as a true freshman and took advantage of the situation to provide depth at defensive end. Compensated for a lack of size with technique and drive to hold his own at the line of scrimmage. Predominance of playing time resulted from nickel and dime packages as he utilized quickness and athleticism coming off the edge. Hope exists that he can develop into an every down player as a sophomore. Characterized as an overachiever that will out work his teammates and opponents to get himself on the field and make plays. Maintains the ability to run well and change directions. Also can flourish on special teams. Needs to improve his strength in order to expand his role but made great strides as a true freshman.
11 Justin Roper
6-6 195 Fr. QB

Buford, Ga.
(Buford HS)

— Utilizes the size to be able to look over the defensive line while displaying a solid arm and good accuracy. The PrepStar all-region pick ranked among the top 75 prep prospects in Georgia and one of the top 28 quarterbacks in the nation following last year’s 12-1 record and a 8-AA league championship. Completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,423 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior despite operating within the confines of a run-oriented system. Threw for over 1,500 yards and 10 scores in 2004 while suffering only three interceptions to lead team to state runner-up finish. The Wolves accumulated a 25-3 record over his final two prep years, with Roper serving a role in a program that has set the Georgia high school record for consecutive wins (47). The team captain helped lead program to region titles his junior and senior seasons in addition to earning Gwinnett County pre-season accolades prior to his final prep campaign. Also served as a guard on the school’s basketball team that has fashioned a 16-5 record, sporting per-game averages of 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals. The four-sport letterman also finished third in the state high jump as a junior, posting a school record of 6-6, and was clocked in 1:04 in the 100-meter breastroke on the school’s swim team.
44 Dante Rosario
6-4 250 Sr. TE

Dayton, Ore.
(Dayton HS)

— Only a tremendous athlete could have made the transition from fullback to the line of scrimmage as effortlessly as the standout who has been instrumental in program’s offensive success since playing in all 13 games as a true freshman. And only last year’s return of team’s all-conference tight end prevented Rosario from making a bigger splash in 2005 at his new position. Now that he won’t have to split time with an incumbent, great things are expected from a talent described by a 38-year coaching veteran as the finest athlete he has ever coached. Originally recruited as a linebacker, he brings great leadership and toughness to the program, with his athleticism epitomized by his 12 career touchdowns and 14 special teams tackles. Has always been an accomplished receiver, possessing great hands and developing a knack for finding the open seam in the secondary, but improved significantly as a blocker at the point of attack as last year wore on. Also blessed with quick feet and solid change of direction bursts. Despite his value from either the line of scrimmage or at H-back, again will be counted on to be a mainstay on the majority of special teams.
95 Darius Sanders
6-5 269 Sr. DE

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Lynwood HS)

— It’s difficult to pinpoint what may motivate one individual compared to another but when the light goes on, it can become gratifying. Such was the case with one of the team’s most athletic defensive linemen. Coaches have been waiting for Sanders’ potential to become more immediate and felt that may have reached fruitition the previous spring. Strong 2005 season proved that to be the case. Renewed work ethic and focus helped fuel his on-field success as well off the field, with the partial qualifier getting his academics in order to regain final year of eligibility. Started last year slowing but once he gained momentum, improved consistency and production followed. As he mastered a grasp of the defense, his reactions became second nature and he was able to utilize his natural talent. Runs well and is a tough competitor who has displayed signs of leading by example. Began his collegiate career at tight end before being converted to the defensive line during the spring of 2003. Improved motivation resulted in a 60-lb. squat improvement (455 lbs.) as well as an 80-lb. leap in his bench press max (375 lbs.) from the previous year during winter testing. Also clocked as the team’s fastest lineman with a 4.94 electronic 40 time.
75 Geoff Schwartz
6-7 359 Jr. OT

Los Angeles, Calif.
(Palisades Charter HS)

— Sometimes players need to be nudged before they realize how good they can be. Evolved into a pleasant surprise in 2005, now big things are expected of him. Few individuals his size possess the athleticism or move as well as he does. Possesses all the physical tools in addition to high degree of intelligence. Has worked very hard in the weight room, as evidenced by tying for second among team’s offensive linemen for maximum back squat (505 lbs.). If he chooses to step out of his comfort zone and push himself to a higher limit, there could be few defenders who could handle him. Coaches would like to see more explosiveness from him this season and he’s cognizant of his need to maintain a proper diet, yet potential exists for him to become a dominant factor in the Pac-10 this year.
66 Pat So'oalo
6-5 355 Jr. OL

Kaneohe, Hawai'i
(Fresno City College)
(Kailua HS)

— Enrolled at Oregon at the start of the winter term and benefitted from participating in spring drills. Coaches extremely excited about his untapped potential while realizing the intricacies of offensive line play can often take some players longer to adapt to. Had yet to fully grasp the offense at the conclusion of spring practice and still making the transition to the next level. Off-season conditioning workouts also could key how soon he is able to step into the rotation, yet his upside could make the wait well worth it once he matures. Expected to provide depth at offensive guard until he is ready to challenge for something greater.
43 Michael Speed
6-4 254 So. DE

Los Angeles, Calif.
(University HS)

— Another example of possessing all the tools necessary to be successful but unable to put it all together until last spring. Was experiencing a very productive spring before a thumb injury prematurely concluded his off-season drills. Demonstrated flashes of being able to take the next step forward based on his physical gifts and tremendous football savvy. Utilizes his ability to run as well as change directions to make great strides since the conclusion of the 2005 season. Could improve his strength but natural ability makes him an asset on special teams at the very least.
84 Eric Steimer
6-1 226 Jr. LS

Bend, Ore.
(Bend HS)

— The walk-on specialist headed off the challenges of scholarship athletes all last year to retain the majority of the team’s short and long-snap responsibilities, replacing a four-year starter at that craft.
28 Jonathan Stewart
5-11 234 So. RB

Lacey, Wash.
(Timberline HS)

— Big things were expected from one of program’s highest profile recruits in recent years and he didn’t disappoint, leading the country in kickoff returns as a true freshman (33.7 avg.). Seldom has the program benefitted from a talent at such an early age as he combines the best of size, speed and tremendous strength. Not only did he surpass school record for top power clean by a running back, his 385 lbs. during winter testing was bettered only by pair of program’s former defensive linemen now in the NFL (Haloti Ngata, Igor Olshansky). Also bested career positional bench press record (410 lbs.) while 38.5 vertical leap stands second all time. His 4.34 40 hand time ranks as school’s fourth-fastest all-time among running backs. Has displayed exceptional intelligence to complement his natural talent, possessing knack to avoid tacklers in the open field, game-breaking speed as well as the power that makes him hard to bring down from the first hit, sometimes to a fault. Maintains the uncanny balance to fall forward when finally brought down. Also benefits from dependable hands as a receiver and utilizes great strength to develop into a very good pass blocker. Yet perhaps his greatest asset is a drive to settle for nothing but the very best. Led all rushers with 74 yards and one touchdown in the 2006 Spring Game.
1 Garren Strong
6-3 200 Jr. WR

Cupertino, Calif.
(Homestead HS)

— While health-related distractions have thwarted his progress in the past, he demonstrated vast improvement in his consistency last spring just by being able to play each day. Brings a very strong mental grasp of the offense and has displayed good leadership skills along with his physical talents. Would enhance his position by adding the flexibility of being able to play multiple receiver slots within program’s offensive scheme. Ranked third in vertical jump (30 inches) during off-season conditioning testing and could benefit from increased strength. Led all wide receivers with five catches for 73 yards in the annual Spring Game, including a 31-yard scoring grab in the 2006 exhibition. If he is able to play through some the physical ailments that have plagued him in the past, could find himself in contention for a starting berth.
63 Jon Teague
6-2 293 So. OG

Portland, Ore.
(David Douglas HS)

— The walk-on first turned heads during 2005 spring drills to the point coaches considered him for more than token playing time. Possesses a good understanding of the offensive scheme and utilizes good technique while continuing to work hard in the weight room. Maintains a sense of balance as a pass blocker and improved the physical nature of his game. Improved his power clean best by 22 lbs. since a year ago to rank third among team’s offensive line (330 lbs.). Also only three linemen improved their 20-yard shuttle clocking more than his .17 of a second.
87 Josh Thomas-Dotson
6-3 220 Jr. LB

Florence, Ore.
(Siuslaw HS)

69 Bo Thran
6-5 272 Fr. OL

Gresham , Ore.
(Barlow HS)

— The first-team all-state honoree on both offense and defense (The Oregonian) ranked as the fourth-best recruit in the state by as well as earned PrepStar all-region accolades. Proved to be a steadying influence for the two-time Mt. Hood Conference champions, who finished 2005 with an 11-1 record and unbeaten in league play. His hard work did not go unrewarded as he garnered first-team all-conference honors his junior and senior seasons for a team that averaged 305 of its 395 yards of total offense on the ground. The Bruins’ lone 2005 loss occurred to eventual state champion Jesuit in the second round of the playoffs. The three-sport letterman also earned all-league honors in basketball and baseball as a junior while repeating honors on the basketball court in 2006. Proved to be key factor in prep teams claiming no fewer than five conference crowns during his tenure.
6 Walter Thurmond III
6-1 175 RFr. CB

West Covina, Calif.
(West Covina HS)

— Demonstrated ability to compete for a starting cornerback slot early during spring drills before a foot injury slowed his progress the latter half of off-season workouts. Heads into the fall as one of the keys to making the pieces fit in the secondary in the search for replacing two departed starters. Coaches hopeful he can make the impact as a redshirt freshman at a level comparable to Patrick Chung as a redshirt freshman rover a year ago. Possesses the courage and mentality necessary to be successful on the perimeter and tracks the deep ball well. Still in need of developing more strength to complement outstanding change of direction and secondary’s second-fastest 40 time (4.59). Athletic ability epitomized by him doubling as a member of Ducks’ track team in 2006, posting a season-best 14.29 in the 110 hurdles.
45 Matt Toeaina
6-3 301 Sr. DE

Pago Pago, Amer. Samoa
(Samoana HS)

— A valuable commodity who can play either inside or outside along the defensive line, spent the majority of his time at tackle in 2005 where he earned 10 of his 12 starts. Overshadowed by two of his higher profile teammates a year ago but is now prepared to step into the limelight. Unquestionably the leader of the defensive line and one of team’s spokesmen. Spent the majority of spring practice at defensive end but the position he plays will be dictated as much by the play of those around him. Is very consistent how he practices and prepares for a game and understands the intensity needed to be successful at this level. Assumes ownership and pride with not only how well he plays but the level of performance of the entire defensive line. Is driven to have a senior year to remember and capable of playing at an all-conference level. Possesses the ability to quickly shed blocks by utilizing his hands to gain leverage over his opponents, and seldom gets knocked off his feet. Has paid his dues in the weight room over the years, with his 368-lb. power clean pinnacle bettered only by a pair of NFL linemen among Oregon’s all-time defenders in the trenches, and his 455-lb. bench press from 2005 ranking fourth among the school’s all-time players at his position. Also complements his strength as program’s second-fastest current lineman (5.06 electronic 40). Originally recruited to Oregon as a fullback, displaying tremendous athletic ability.
50 Simi Toeaina
6-4 308 RFr. DT

Afono, Amer. Samoa
(Samoana HS)

— Is expected to return to the defensive side of the ball this fall where he was originally recruited to play after spending most of last fall and the spring on the offensive line. Is explosive from the line of scrimmage but needs work on his fundementals and technique after being able to dominate his opponents at the previous level on sheer strength. Is still a raw talent who maintains many of the intangibles of his older brother. Possesses the proper attitude and work ethic conducive to rapid improvement.
61 Josh Tschirgi
6-4 311 Jr. OG

Vancouver, Wash.
(Skyview HS)

— Hard work finally paid dividends as he has benefitted from an attitude that refuses to back down. An ankle sprain in the spring of 2005 slowed his development but he made the most of an opportunity last fall when a projected starter was lost for the season during pre-season camp. As a result, refused to be dislodged from the starting lineup after the second game of last season. Is the type of player who may not always measure up to others in comparison of talent but always gives everything he has and all he does is help you win. Displays an air of toughness and continued to impress coaches last spring with an instinct of how to attack defenses and control his opponent across the line of scrimmage. Is a solid workhorse who possesses a very good knowledge of the offense. Improved his power clean peak by 22 lbs. during winter testing compared to a year ago and his back squat 15 lbs. (485).
34 A.J. Tuitele
5-11 213 Jr. LB

Wilmington, Calif.
(Banning HS)

— Program’s most instinctive linebacker and natural playmaker relies as much on his mental mastering of the game as his physical attributes to constantly position himself to be in the right place at the right time. Utilizes anticipation and command of the defense to shed blockers from all directions and runs well to the ball. Enjoyed most consistent spring among all his linebacker counterparts and earned the highest grades at his position in three of last fall’s first four games before injuries knocked him out of the lineup. Adds the luxury of being equally proficient at either the Will or Sam linebacker outposts and likely to hold an edge of breaking into the starting lineup at one of the two positions. Teammates’ spring injuries forced him to spend most of his time on the defense’s weak side but played both posts extensively last year when healthy. Improved his strength during the off-season, raising bench press best by 65 lbs. (360), but still could benefit by being a step faster.
57 Fenuki Tupou
6-6 322 Jr. OL

Elverta, Calif.
(Sierra College)
(Center HS)

— Benefitted from his participation in spring drills after enrolling at Oregon at the start of the winter term. As is often the case with JC transfers, making the transition to the next level can be their most difficult adjustment in terms of work ethic and the speed of the game. Yet possesses the potential to become the most athletic of all of Oregon’s offensive linemen and is blessed with unbelieveable feet and balance for a player of his size. Will need to improve his strength levels before fulfilling the promise in which he is capable but his talent elicits excitement from his coaches. Ranked third among offensive linemen with a 24-inch vertical jump during winter testing and second in the bench press (385 lbs.) while equalling the fastest electronic 40 clocking (5.41) among position’s counterparts.
47 Jason Turner
6-2 221 Jr. LB

La Crescenta, Calif.
(West L.A. College)
(St. Francis HS)

— Benefits from a prototype linebacker mentality in that few players are any tougher or relish the physical style of play required to be successful at his position any more than the pure competitor. Doesn’t unnecessarily draw attention to his exploits yet possesses a great passion for the game and just makes plays. Injuries during the ‘05 spring hampered his transition from the junior college ranks last fall as he seldom was able to hit full stride. His familiarity with the defense stepped up his learning curve last spring yet still needs to gain a better grasp of the overall defensive system in order to properly position other players around him. Possesses good upper-body strength (375-lb. bench press), yet improved speed would better facilitate his chances to challenge for a role in the line-of-scrimmage rotation. Posted a pair of tackles in the Spring Game.
60 Max Unger
6-5 296 So. OT

Honaunau, Hawai'i
(Hawaii Preperatory Academy)

— Entered last fall camp with a determination and work ethic that refused to be denied and he wasn’t, possessing all the attributes to evolve into the program’s next great offensive lineman should his progress continue. Combines athleticism with an intelligence and demeanor to approach all-conference levels during the coming year after developing into one of the line’s most improved last season. Prides himself in being a tough competitor who utilizes his aggression to his benefit and is very mobile. Needs to continue to improve his strength levels as well as his understanding of the Oregon offense. Equalled the offensive line’s best power clean (341 lbs.) and maxed out with a 495-lb. squat. Also finished with the unit’s second-fastest 20-yard shuttle clocking (4.41). Boasts of the abilities that would lead him to be able to play any position along the offensive line and worked extensively at center last spring in attempt to shore up the position’s depth. Heads into fall camp with a firm grasp on the starting left tackle slot.
22 Chris Vincent
6-1 230 Sr. RB

Philadephia, Pa.
(Neshaminy HS)

— Is projected to return to a running back post this fall following a one-year hiatus after initiating a switch to linebacker during the 2005 spring drills. Is an extremely intelligent football player who is hoped to benefit from gaining a knowledge of the defense’s perspective. Complements great vision and an understanding of the game with an added toughness and improved speed, as evidenced by shaving .10 seconds off his previous electronic 40 best (4.54). Can improve his chances for extensive playing time by retaining the same defensive intensity on the offensive side of the ball. Needs to utilize his size to his advantage to evolve from a finesse back into a power runner.
2 Terrell Ward
5-10 189 RFr. CB

Antioch, Calif.
(De La Salle HS)

— Occasionally a player will slip through the cracks in the recruiting process and Ducks feel fortunate to attract a talent of the former walk-on. A very physical player who steadily improved as the spring wore on to the point when injuries thinned the ranks at cornerback, he was ready to step in with the No. 1 defense.  Once given the opportunity, was able to more than hold his own and caught coaches’ attention during bowl workouts. Lacks the experience and fundemental foundation of some of those he’s competing with for playing time yet demonstrated the work ethic and potential that warrented earning a scholarship for the fall. Possesses tremendous lower-body strength, leading all defensive backs with a 450-lb. squat during off-season testing, and tied for third with 31” vertical leap. Tied for top defensive honors in the Spring Game with eight tackles, including one for a loss of 14 yards.
26 Kyle Weatherspoon
6-1 204 Sr. WR

Long Beach, Calif.
(Lynwood HS)

— No receiver has been in the program longer, which has resulted in possessing the flexibility to play multiple positions on the field. Benefitted from experience in the 2006 spring game as absences by others allowed him to display his versatility. Among the team’s best with the football in his hands as his speed allows him to turn the corner on short pass routes. Also has demonstrated quickness to make would-be tacklers miss as well as deceiving strength to break tackles. Lower pad level would facilitate improvement as a blocker and allow him to run through defenders. Tested fourth among receivers last winter in the power clean lift (275 lbs.) and in the electronic 40 (4.79), and led his counterparts in the 20-yard shuttle (3.86). Could also be a valuable asset on special teams. Missed valuable practice time each of his first two springs due to injuries that has slowed development, yet took advantage of the opportunity to be the only one of three wide receiver candidates to see playing time as true freshmen.
4 Jaison Williams
6-5 243 So. WR

Inglewood, Calif.
(Culver City HS)

— Seldom has Oregon benefitted from a receiver with the combination of size and speed as he provides talent to be a dominant force. Began to fulfill potential a year ago and continued development in the spring as one of team’s most improved receivers. Possesses strong hands as well as the ability to fight for his right for the football. Has gained respect of coaches and teammates from a willingness to play through injuries and give everything he has. Has developed the ability to go up and grab the ball in a crowd as well as be a threat in the vertical passing game. Due to his size, understands the need to lower his pad level to improve as a blocker and receiver, and is continuing to work to improve on getting in and out of breaks quicker. Also improving his consistency, which sometimes contributed to making the spectacular catch while struggling with the easier ones in the past. Improved power clean best by more than 20 lbs. over course of one year to establish record by a wide receiver (341 lbs.). Also equalled all-time best with 455-lb. squat while electronically timed as team’s second-fastest receiver (4.68) in the 40. Four catches for 62 yards in the 2006 spring finale included a 33-yard scoring catch.
Tail Back
    28 Jonathan Stewart
    24 Jeremiah Johnson
    23 Andre Crenshaw RS
    5 Remene Alston Jr. RS
    22 Chris Vincent injury icon
    27 Andiel Brown injury icon
H Back
    82 Dan Kause
    38 Matt Larkin
Wide Receiver
    19 Brian Paysinger
    18 James Finley
    80 Drew Larson
    26 Kyle Weatherspoon
Wide Receiver
    4 Jaison Williams
    1 Garren Strong
    87 Rory Cavaille
    6 Derrick Jones injury icon
    10 Dennis Dixon
    16 Brady Leaf
    7 Nathan Costa
    12 Cody Kempt RS
    11 Justin Roper RS
Wide Receiver
    2 Jordan Kent
    86 Ryan Mattice
or 3 Cameron Colvin
    93 Nicholas Dahlen
Right Tackle
    75 Geoff Schwartz injury icon
or 78 Jacob Hucko
Right Guard
    77 Palauni Ma Sun
    63 Jon Teague
or 67 Sean Cullen
    69 Bo Thran RS
    55 Enoka Lucas
    51 Jeff Kendall
Left Guard
    61 Josh Tschirgi
or 63 Jon Teague
    66 Pat So'oalo
Left Tackle
    60 Max Unger
    71 Mark Lewis
    57 Fenuki Tupou
Tight End
    44 Dante Rosario
    81 Ryan Keeling
Left Defensive End
    95 Darius Sanders
    83 Ed Dickson
    89 Michael DiVincenzo
    88 Brandon Bair RS
Left Defensive Tackle
    90 David Faaeteete
    99 Jeremy Gibbs
    91 Ra'shon Harris injury icon
    97 Cole Linehan injury icon
Right Defensive Tackle
    45 Matt Toeaina
    43 Michael Speed
    50 Simi Toeaina
Right Defensive End
    49 Nick Reed
    93 Dexter Manley II
    87 Josh Thomas-Dotson
    56 Victor Filipe
Weakside Linebacker
    34 A.J. Tuitele
    25 Kevin Garrett
    38 Chris Mulvanny
    42 Brent Haberly injury icon
Middle Linebacker
    33 Blair Phillips
    40 John Bacon
    53 Erik Elshire
    47 Jason Turner injury icon
Strong Safety
    30 Kwame Agyeman
    48 Jon Pope
    13 Jerome Boyd
    35 Spencer Paysinger RS
Left Cornerback
    32 Jairus Byrd
    29 Parris Moore
    2 Terrell Ward
or 31 Jameel Dowling
    7 Chad Peppars RS
Free Safety
    28 J.D. Nelson
    9 Ryan DePalo
    27 Titus Jackson
    15 Patrick Chung
    20 Matthew Harper
Right Cornerback
    6 Walter Thurmond III
or 17 Willie Glasper
    23 Brian Butterfield  RS
    41 Marvin Johnson RS
    8 Jackie Bates injury icon
Special Teams
injury icon = player is injured    RS = Player hasn't played yet this year. Possible redshirt. Last Updated: 10/31/2006