Ducks find success at the JUCO level.

Since 2002, the University of Oregon has hit the junior college recruiting trail heavy in receiving commitments from 40 junior college  players. Several of these players never did make it to Eugene, and others came with baggage that continued to halt their goal of playing for the Ducks. During the 1990’s, these players were expected to contribute and in some cases lead the team immediately.  Great junior college recruits such as Reuben Droughns, Saladin McCullough, Akili Smith, and Maurice Morris still hold places in the Oregon record books.  With the success of the 2001 Fiesta Bowl squad,  the Oregon coaching staff searches the junior college level for players to fill holes, rather then carry a team.  In comparison to the rest of the Pac-10, Oregon has focused on the junior college ranks far more then the majority of the conference.  Not much of a surprise, Stanford and USC rarely (if ever) tap into the junior college ranks and the abundance of talent in the Southern California area has rarely led the UCLA coaching staff  to a community college.  In 2010, Ryan Clanton, Isaac Remington, and Brandon Williams will attempt to contribute to a very talented defending Pac-10 champion Oregon team. We have analyzed the top ten junior college players to attend Oregon since 2002.

1. Jeremiah Masoli, City College of San Francisco (2008).  In two years with the Ducks, Masoli led the squad to a Holiday Bowl victory over Oklahoma State and a Rose Bowl appearance against Ohio State.  With a year left of elgibility in 2011, Masoli has the chance to add to his 3,891 passing yards, 28 touchdown passes, 1,386 rushing yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.

2. Will Tukuafu, Mesa JC (2007).  Tukuafu arrived in Eugene with three years of elgibility and managed to anchor the defensive end position for the majority of his time as a Duck.  Playing opposite to both Nick Reed and Kenny Rowe, Tukuafu recorded 126 tackles, 13 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

3. Fenuki Tupou, Sierra JC (2006). After redshirting in 2006, Tupou transistioned smoothly into the role of a starter.  A 2nd team All Pac-10 selection in 2007, he was selected to the Sun Bowl’s 75th anniversary squad and the ESPN All-Bowl team in 2008.  A 5th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009.

4. LaGarette Blount, East Mississippi JC (2008). In two seasons at Oregon, Blount ran for 1,084 yards on 159 carries with 19 touchdowns. In 2008 he set the Oregon season record with 17 rushing touchdowns.  Blount was signed as undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans in 2010.

5. Junior Siavii, Butte Community College/Dixie State JC (2002). After splitting time at two junior colleges, Siavii posted 58 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss with Oregon.  A 2nd round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Siavii has played for the Dallas Cowboys since 2008 and has become the best NFL player on this list.

6. Blair Phillips, Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (2005).  As a senior, Phillips led the Ducks as an All Pac-10 first team selection and finished his collegiate career with 150 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 4 interceptions. Popular with Oregon fans for a blocked field goal in the final seconds of a victory against Oklahoma at Autzen Stadium.

7. James Finley, Compton CC (2005). Finley originally committed to Oregon in 2003, but was forced to attend junior college before returning to Eugene in 2005.  Honorable mention All Pac-10 in 2005 and finished his Oregon career with 72 receptions for 708 yards and 4 touchdowns.

8. Matthew Harper, City College of San Francisco (2006). Notorious for a victory-sealing interception against USC at Autzen Stadium in 2007.  Harper anchored the Oregon defense as a senior and recorded 109 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions in two year with the Ducks.

9. Terrence Scott, College of the Canyons (2007). Scott emerged as a senior in 2008 in which he was recognized as an Honorable Mention All Pac-10 wide receiver. Caught 52 passes for 755 yards and 5 touchdowns.

10. Marcus Maxwell, Diablo Valley College (2003).  Drafted in the 7th round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers and spent time with the Cincinatti Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, and Tampa Bay Bucaneers. Maxwell caught 36 receptions for 401 yards and 2 touchdowns as a Duck.

Honorable Mention JUCO gems: Jeremy Gibbs (2006), Blake Ferras (2008), Lavasier Tuinei (2009), Rodney Woods (2003), Kellen Taylor (2002), Chris Solomona (2002).

Oregon Football: Junior College Commits since 2002

2002 – DT Chris Solomona, WR Kellen Taylor, CB David Dixon, DT Junior Siavii

2003 – TE Eddie Whittaker, CB Rodney Woods, WR Marcus Maxwell, CB Marc Walker, LB Marcus Miller

2004 – No Junior College commitments.

2005 – LB Jason Turner, OL Paluni Ma Sun, WR James Finley, LB Chris Mulvanny, LB Blair Phillips, P Matt Dragich

2006 – DT Jeremy Gibbs, DE Dexter Manley II, S Matthew Harper, OL Pat So’oalo, S Jameel Dowling, DE Micah Howeth, OL Fenuki Tupou

2007 – DE Will Tukuafu, WR Terrence Scott

2008 – RB LaGarrette Blount, QB Jeremiah Masoli, TE Zach Taylor, WR Ellis Krout, DT Blaker Ferras, DT Justin Thompson

2009 – DT Terrance Montgomery, WR Tyrece Gaines, DT Andrew Iupati, DE Zac Clark, LB Bryson Littlejohn, WR Lavasier Tuinei

2010 – TE Brandon Williams, OL Ryan Clanton, DE Isaac Remington


~ by philip d. on May 10, 2010.

One Response to “Ducks find success at the JUCO level.”

  1. I think Harper simply must move up the list. He was huge for that defense

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