A New Batch of Newcomers
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 a.m. PDT
As harsh as it sounds, that's the nature of the sport, and by the time you hit the midpoint of the season, which the Ducks will do on Saturday, it's almost a given that there will be some different faces among the 22 starters than appeared on opening day. Setbacks like this are not easy to sidestep, but with a huge Pac-10 game in three days, coaches and players have to and will march on.
Switching gears, the Ducks have welcomed six new walk-ons to the fold after tryouts last Wednesday. They will work into scout team roles, but you never know with walk-ons. Could there be a T.J. Ward or Rory Cavaille lurking in their midst? This group boasts California, Washington and Alaska ties, and includes a Tuiasosopo and resident of the North Pole.
Mikey Dosen, DB, 5-11, 182, Pittsburg, Calif. (De La Salle)
PERSONAL: Born March 30, 1991 in Pittsburg, Calif. ... Parents: Gardner and Sandi Daniels ... Family: One brother ... High School (Coach): De La Salle (Bob Ladouceur), 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played wide receiver and free safety for the Spartans ... Finished his senior season with 13 catches for 218 yards (16.8 avg.) and five touchdowns ... Made three grabs for 102 yards and three scores in his final high school appearance ... Caught eight balls for 108 yards and a touchdown as a junior, helping state champion De La Salle to a perfect 13-0 mark.
Dane Ebanez, WR, 5-9, 177, North Pole, Alaska (North Pole)
PERSONAL: Born Septt. 21, 1990 in Fairbanks, Alaska ... Parents: Scot and Karen Ebanez ... Family: Two sisters ... High School (Coach): North Pole (Rich Henert), 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time all-state player won eight all-conference honors (multiple positions) during his prep career ... Carried 117 times for 1,020 yards (8.7 avg.) and six rushing touchdowns as a senior ... Was also the team's punter, punt and kick returner, and placekicker, while also playing wide receiver and defensive back ... As a junior, made 16 receptions for 335 yards (20.9 avg.) and three touchdowns.
Brian Harris, WR, 6-1, 185, Lancaster, Calif. (Eastside)
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 1, 1991 in Long Beach, Calif. ... Parents: Brian Harris, Sr., and Lonnie George ... Family: Three brothers, one sister ... High School (Coach): Eastside (Steve Lockhart), 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Caught 12 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown during his senior campaign with the Lions ... Also played basketball and ran track, where he posted personal bests of 10.9 in the 100 and 22.2 in the 200.
Ned Lyon, LS, 6-1, 190, Newport Beach, Calif. (Newport Harbor)
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 9, 1991 in Newport Beach, Calif. ... Parents: Edward, Sr., and Barbara Lyon ... Family: One sister ... High School (Coach): Newport Harbor (Jeff Brinkley), 2009.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three times in football and twice in basketball ... Played tight end and outside linebacker ... Finished senior season with six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, and 34 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries, including one for a score ... Had a season-high 13 stops, including nine solo tackles in a loss to Poly (Long Beach) ... Made 35 tackles as a junior.
Brandon Thurston, RB, 5-11, 224, Woodinville, Wash. (Inglemoor)
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 16, 1990 in Woodinville, Wash. ... Parents: Marvin and Bonnie Thurston ... High School (Coach): Inglemoor (Frank Naish), 2008.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters in football and track, and one in basketball for the Vikings ... Carried 118 times for 656 yards (5.6 avg.) and eight touchdowns as a senior ... Had 97 carries for 599 yards (6.2 avg.) during junior campaign.
Denton Tuiasosopo, DL, 6-1, 305, Pittsburg, Calif. (Sacramento State/Pittsburg)
PERSONAL: Born April 1, 1989 in Hayward, Calif. ... Parents: Fulu and Elisabeth Tuiasosopo ... Family: Two brothers, four sisters ... High School (Coach): Pittsburg (Victor Galli), 2007 ... Major: Political Science. Notable: Uncles Jesse Sapolu (San Franciso 49ers) and Manu Tuiasosopo (49ers, Seattle Seahawks) had extended NFL careers ... Cousins include Marques Tuiasosopo (Oakland Raiders, New York Jets), Matt Toeaina (Oregon, Chicago Bears) and current Duck Simi Toeaina.
BEFORE OREGON: Spent two seasons on the O-line at FCS school Sacramento State, playing center and tackle ... Lettered twice in both football and track at Pittsburg HS ... Rated as the No. 25 center by Scouts, Inc. ... Earned all-Bay Area honors as a senior ... Was a two-time all-Bay Valley Athletic League selection ... earned team's student-athlete award as a senior.
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