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Born Jared Christopher Siegel on June 19, 1981 in Monterey, Calif. Wife: Esther. Parents: Dave and Debey Siegel. Family: Two brothers, one sister. High School (Coach): Jesuit (Dan Carmazzi) 00. Degree: Business Administration, 6/12/04. HIGH SCHOOL The 1999 all-state honoree (Cal Hi Sports) and two-time all-Metropolitan League standout converted 10-14 field goals in two seasons, including five of seven three-pointers and 70-72 PATs as a senior. Strong leg evidenced by personal-best 47-yard field goal, as well as driving better than 64 percent of kickoffs into end zone. Two-time all-Sacramento candidate (Sacramento Bee) possesses competitive mentality uncommon among most kickers. The two-year starting strong safety also was a fullback on rugby teams which won the national championship in 1999 and were runners-up in 2000. Registered 58 tackles, three quarterback sacks and two interceptions his final season.

Although numbers may have dipped last year in comparison to a sterling sophomore season, any notion that the All-American and former Lou Groza Award finalist’s proficiency may have waned was an illusion. Attempted 10 fewer kicks last year than in 2003 while a trio of his six errant field goals were attempted from beyond 50 yards. In fact the holder of no fewer than 13 school and conference records shares the Ducks’ career pinnacle for most successful 50-yard boots (4) in school history. In addition, he should become the sole author of Oregon’s all-time scoring record early in his final year with his eighth point in 2004. Already finds himself atop Oregon’s career list for PATs kicked (145) and attempted (147), most consecutive kicks made (54), most consecutive PATs (91) and most consecutive field goals made (15). Has not misfired on a post-touchdown kick since the 2002 season opener vs. Mississippi State (Aug. 31). Took advantage from extra year learning to kick off the ground after delaying enrollment until 2001 winter term because of injury. Confidence seldom wavered after recovering from post-high school surgery and has returned each year with the leg strength that has exceeded the previous season’s.

Despite an injury to his ankle in practice prior to the season opener at Mississippi State, the third-year starter’s accuracy never wavered despite his diminishing frequency. Was perfect on 45 PAT attempts to extended his school record for consecutive pointafter- touchdown kicks to 91. Converted a long field goal of 51 yards against UCLA and was perfect on a trio of three-pointers in the Sun Bowl against Minnesota to be bestowed the contest’s Special Teams Player of the Game award. Among his six missed field goals in 19 tries were three longer than 50 yards and a blocked 22-yard effort vs. Michigan. Ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring with the seventh-most single-season points in Oregon history (84) and sixth in the league in field goals made per game (1.00 avg.), while becoming one of three kickers in the conference to nail all of their PATs (45). Improved leg strength most evident by sailing 25 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks. Competitiveness also exemplified by one tackle vs. Michigan.

His focus and attention to detail during 2002 spring drills translated into a record-breaking sophomore season for this first-team all-Pac-10 selection. One of three finalists for the award given to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker, he became Oregon’s first all-conference first-team selection as a sophomore in 19 years. The league’s third-leading scorer and 26th nationally (8.4 avg.) finished second on the school’s single-season scoring chart (109 points) and third in school history in both field goal percentage (.833) and field goals made (tied, 20), ranking 13th in the country with an average of 1.54 field goals made per game. However no kick was more impressive than his 59-yard field goal at UCLA which broke the Oregon school record and Rose Bowl record for the longest kick as well as tied the Pac-10 record for a successful field goal in a conference game in a one-point win over the Bruins. He also converted a personal-best four field goals (44, 41, 48 and 31 yards) in one game vs. USC. Earning the distinction as his team’s special teams player-of-the-week for performances against Mississippi State and Arizona, he was afforded league honors after nailing all five PATs and two field goals in the win over Stanford. The recipient of the Gordon E. Wilson Award as the team’s top special teams performer, Siegel also was selected to the Verizon District 8 all-academic first team.

Tied for seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring among kickers and finished sixth in the league in PAT percentage in his first year at the Division I level. Attempted the fewest number of field goals by an Oregon kicker in 10 years, yet was successful on four of five tries under 40 yards. Consistency dipped to 38 percent (3-8) on attempts 41 yards or longer, however connected on two of his last three attempts 44 yards or more. Sharing the Ducks’ scoring lead, no thrill was any bigger for the California native than his 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to provide Oregon with a 24-22 margin of victory over USC. Capped the year with a collegiatebest 47-yard three-pointer in the Fiesta Bowl win. Ended the season running his string of successful kicks after touchdowns to 25 in a row.

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