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Special Returnees
Tuesday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. PT

Oregon's special teams coordinator Tom Osborne tracks the play of every single one of his troops throughout the season and compiles leaderboards for punt team and kickoff tackles, in addition to an overall point system based on executing assignments, blocking, making plays, etc.

The final special teams standings for 2008 are complete and it's encouraging to note that most of the names on the lists will be in uniform again in '09.


Willie Glasper is a veteran of Oregon's special teams units.

1. Willie Glasper, 5
2. Talmadge Jackson, 2
    Marvin Johnson, 2
    Nick Reed, 2
    Zach Taylor, 2
6. Patrick Chung, 1
    Casey Matthews, 1
    Eddie Pleasant, 1
    T.J. Ward, 1

Garrett Embry was the first true freshman to see the field last season.

1. Garrett Embry, 12
2. Patrick Chung, 11
3. Walter Thurmond, 6
    T.J. Ward, 6
    Riley Showalter, 6
6. Marvin Johnson, 5
    Eddie Pleasant, 5
8. Josh Kaddu, 4
    Kenny Rowe, 4
    Jeff Maehl, 4


Will Tukuafu is poised to be UO's leader on defense in '09.

1. Will Tukuafu, 593
2. Patrick Chung, 562
3. Willie Glasper, 479
4. Jairus Byrd, 446
5. Eddie Pleasant, 419
    Riley Showalter, 419
7. Casey Matthews, 378
8. Matt Evenesen, 371
9. Talmadge Jackson, 363
10. Walter Thurmond, 348

Returning player in bold

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