PERSONAL — Born Garren William Strong on Dec. 4, 1984 in Racine, Wis. Parents: Terence Strong and Terri Wray. Family: One brother, one sister. High School (Coach): Homestead (Charlie Bostic) 2003. Major: Business Administration. Redshirt: 2003.
OREGON — Seeks to transform his spring performances into the fall, which should be no problem once he is able to remain healthy. There has been no question as to the team’s most consistent wide receiver each of the last two springs, with injuries remaining as his lone deterrent from a breakout season. Unable to fully recover from ankle in the second game of last fall but emerged as team’s “goto” receiver last spring. Demonstrated excellent consistency running short and intermediate routes and has displayed the knack for going after the football. Possesses the best hands among the receiving corps, but coaches would like him to improve his ability to pick up yards after the catch. Ranked third among receivers with a 315-lb. bench press following winter workouts. Led all receivers in receptions for the second year in a row in the annual Spring Game, grabbing five passes for 71 yards in 2007.
2006 — Leg and ankle injuries occupied the majority of his time after starting the first two games of the season. Caught a career-high six passes for 78 yards in the season opener vs. Stanford, but able to pull down more than one catch on only one other occasion in 10 appearances. Seven grabs over the course of the season’s first two games placed him behind only Jaison Williams among the team’s receiving corps, but he could answer the call on more than nine snaps only once in the next six games. Logged a season-high 37 reps against Stanford.
2005 — Team’s fifth-leading wide receiver (in terms of receptions) snagged passes in seven of his 10 regular-seasons appearances yet was held without a catch in his final three opportunities. Totals included a season-best four catches for 23 yards in his lone starting assignment at Arizona. Stepped onto the field for 31 snaps at Stanford after taking part in 28 plays against USC. Got off to a good start, accumulating seven of his receptions for 68 yards in his first four games before struggling to find his rhythm the latter portion of the year. Broke into the scoring column on the receiving end of a successful two-point conversion pass at Houston. Also rushed for 3 yards on his lone carry of the year vs. Oklahoma and was unsuccessful on pass attempts against the Sooners and Fresno State.
2004 — Worked his way onto the field for all 11 games, finishing the year fourth in receptions among the team’s wide receivers. Snagged three catches for 35 yards against UCLA in addition to grabbing a trio of passes for 26 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Indiana. Also carried the football once for five yards against Idaho and attempted one unsuccessful pass vs. Washington.
2003 — Earned team’s offensive scout team player of the week on two occasions (Arizona State, Washington State) during his redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL — Possesses a combination of speed and size that makes him enticing at the next level as one of California’s top 16 prep receivers. Responded with 33 catches for 558 yards and eight scoring receptions over the course of his last 13 games in which Homestead posted a 10-3 record. Also contributed a pair of scores on two punt returns his senior year.