Oshay Dunmore, Decathlete or DB?

Oshay Dunmore (31) had seven tackles in the Spring Game.

Oshay Dunmore (31) had seven tackles in the Spring Game.

 

Life has been a blur for Oshay Dunmore since he graduated from Newport (OR) High School, but that’s how it is when you’re a two-sport athlete at Oregon.  Last year he earned a reputation as a worker while redshirting in football and track; however unlike most D1 football players who do track, he isn’t a sprinter.  Dunmore instead competes in the most grueling event of all – the decathlon.  His personal-best decathlon score (in 2010) would have placed him 11th at the PAC-12 Championships this year.

On the gridiron, Dunmore is one of the youngest members of a secondary led by seniors Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson.  He practices at both safety positions, and had a strong spring game in his first live action at Autzen.  Dunmore looks to be in the mix as a key special-teamer this season, and may work his way into the rotation at safety as the season progresses.  With a 6’2″ 200+ lb frame, his size and physicality should make it easy for Coach Helfrich to give him opportunities.  If he can learn to play at the speed of the college game and prove effective in pass coverage, he could become a mainstay at safety.

Dunmore has more all-around potential as a decathlete, but the prestige and possibilities in football may detract from his focus on that event.  Unless he makes serious noise next spring as a decathlete (a real possibility), his chance to be a multi-year starter on the football field may win his full attention by his junior year.  Until then, all he can do is keep working hard and see if it’s a matter of which way the ball bounces, or where the spear lands.

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