Throwback Thursday: Oregon Football

Akili Smith was a one year wonder at Oregon. In 1998 he exploded on to the national scene leading Oregon to five straight wins, including a win opening weekend against the #23 ranked Michigan State Spartans, and helping them reach the 11th spot in the AP by week 6.

Oregon spent 5 weeks ranked in the top 15 and averaged 39.4 PPG (6th in the nation). He ranks #2 on the single season passing yardage list (to Marcus Mariota’s 4,454) with 3,763 yards. He holds three of Oregon’s top 10 single game passing performances (456, 442 and 430). He became the first Oregon player to win the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Player of the year, and was the co-offensive player of the year with UCLA QB Cade McNown.

He was drafted 3rd overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1999 NFL Draft behind Tim Couch of Kentucky (Browns) and Donovan McNabb of Syracuse (Eagles).

Haloti Ngata totaled 107 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks total in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. A second-team All-Pac 10 selection in 2004 and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2005, he was recognized as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American following his senior season. He was drafted 12th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Jonathan Stewart (2005, 2006, 2007)

  • 4th on the career rushing yardage list (2,891)
  • His 1,722 rushing yards in 2007 ranks 4th all time in school history
  • 27 career touchdowns rank 6th in school history
  • 2006 All Pac-10 2nd Team RB
  • 2007 All Pac-10 First Team RB, Second Team KR

He was drafted 13th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Jairus Byrd (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) started 37 of 39 games and totaled 203 tackles, 17 interceptions, a sack, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He won Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the year in 2006, was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2006 and 2007 and was named All-Pac-10 First Team in 2008.

He was drafted 42nd overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

Dennis Dixon (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

  • Ranks 10th in career passing yards (5,129) and 9th in career touchdowns (38)
  • 2007 All-Pac-10 First Team
  • 2007 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year

He was selected 156th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Lamichael James (2009,2010,2011)

  • Oregon’s career leader in rushing yardage (5,082) and rushing touchdowns (53)
  • Ranks 1st, 3rd and 5th on the single season rushing yardage list (1,803 in 2011, 1,731 in 2010 and 1,546 in 2009 respectively)
  • Ranks 1st, 3rd and 7th on the single season touchdown list (21 in 2010, 18 in 2011 and 14 in 2009 respectively)
  • Doak Walker Award (2010)
  • First Team All-Pac-10 (2010), First Team All-Pac-12 (2011)
  • Pac-12 Championship Game MVP
  • 2010 College Football All-American Team Unanimous Selection

Drafted 61st overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft


Bobby Moore (better known as Ahmad Rashad) (1969, 1970, 1971)

One of the greatest players in Oregon history, Moore was recruited to Oregon as a wide receiver and eventually moved to running back. He ranks 9th on the career rushing yardage list with 2,306 yards. His 249 rushing yards against Utah in 1971 ranks 7th on the school’s single game rushing yardage list.  He was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was drafted 4th overall in the 1972 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He would eventually become a 4x Pro Bowl receiver with the Minnesota Vikings.

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