Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Hall of Fame Inductee
|Position:||Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Other Position:||2002 Inductee, Football (1955-57)|
When the Southern California native arrived at Oregon from San Bernardino Junior College in 1955, little did he realize his collegiate career would end in such grand fashion close to home. Sharing the quarterback duties his first two seasons (completing 27 of 52 passes for 318 yards), the 1957 honorable mention all-conference quarterback came close to willing the Ducks to one of the biggest upsets in Rose Bowl history his senior year. Finishing his final regular season completing 55 of 99 passes for 624 yards and five touchdowns, he threw for 135 yards against No. 1-ranked Ohio State before a final incomplete pass allowed the Buckeyes to escape with a 10-7 victory. However, he was so impressive in front of the national audience, he became only the third player in the game’s 44 years to be chosen player of the game from the losing team. Chosen in the 12th round of the 1958 NFL draft by Philadelphia, he spent short stints on AFL rosters at Denver and the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960 following two years in the Army. He was elected to the State of Oregon Hall of Fame in 1982 and was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1998.