In 2015, I wrote a series of articles for FishDuck.com, an independent Oregon Ducks sports news and analysis website affiliated with USA Today. These "Duckling Profiles" examine Oregon student athletes who had been largely overlooked by fans. 

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Photo by Kevin Cline

Austin Maloata Developing as Role Expands
FishDuck.com, June 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

 
“It didn’t take long for Maloata to get noticed. A man of his size and athleticism is a prime recruiting target for any school needing to add depth along the defensive front.”                     Read Full Article
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Photo by Craig Strobeck 

 

Justin Hollins Looks to Take Next Step
FishDuck.com, May 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

"...his teammate was 5-star recruit Myles Garrett, a defensive end who committed to Texas A&M and took the SEC by storm last fall. But fate is a funny thing. Garrett’s commitment may have allowed Oregon to swoop in and acquire Hollins, forming an unlikely couple with serious potential."
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Photo by Kevin Cline

 

Khalil Oliver Fights to Fill Defensive Gap
FishDuck.com, May 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

"Oliver was somewhat of an underdog coming out of high school. The Idaho native, who played under head football coach Scott Criner at Rocky Mountain High School, was rated only a 2-star safety by Rivals."
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Photo by Kevin Cline

 

Charles Nelson Dominant at Spring Game
FishDuck.com, May 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

"Oregon’s depth on offense is the main reason for the switch. It’s not that Nelson is an ineffective receiver, as evidenced by the his performance, but a focus on defense will allow him maximum playing time."
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Photo by Craig Strobeck

 

Jeff Lockie Focused Heading into Spring Game
FishDuck.com, April 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

"Consistent performance in spring practices is key for Lockie and the rest of the Duck quarterbacks. When asked about how he approaches each practice mentally, Lockie seemed focused on improving his individual game."
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Photo by Craig Strobeck

 

Defensive Leadership Role Set for Rodney Hardrick
FishDuck.com, April 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

"If Hardrick succeeds in bringing the Ducks linebackers together, their depth will pose a major problem for opposing offenses looking to impose their will on the Ducks."
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Photo by Kevin Cline

 

The Learning Curve for Jimmy Swain
FishDuck.com, April 2015
Written by Forrest Welk

"With the departure of graduate inside linebacker Derrick Malone, Duck fans should expect Swain to contribute more on the field this fall."
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