College football players come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and personalities. There are always the athletes who stick out on the field, but which Ducks would win the personality award? The good guy, bad guy, and funny guy – three categories, three players, three awards.
The Good Guy
It is a close one between De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota; but Thomas’ smile is too adorable to ignore. Always a delight to interviewers, fans and even his YMCA basketball team, Thomas is a rare personality. One of the most hyped and talented position players coming out of high school since Reggie Bush, Thomas’ humble, honest approach to those around him is heartening to witness.
With so many wrongs in college football today, Thomas represents all that is right about the sport – integrity, team play, leadership, dedication and, of course, skill.
The Bad Guy
By no means a ‘bad guy’ this player is more along the lines of a ‘bad #@$.’ Colt Lyerla is one of the most physically imposing players in college football and he shows it on every play. He is a force as a blocker and a terror to bring down when he has the ball. The perfect combination of size, speed, and strength, Lyerla could play several positions on either side of the ball and be a nightmare for opposing coordinators.
Oregon doesn’t recruit bad guys or players that might jeopardize the mission. But tenacious and powerful players like Lyerla are the kind of bad guy our staff doesn’t mind putting on the turf.
The Funny Guy
There is certainly no Cliff Harris on the squad this year, and there probably won’t ever be one quite like him again, but the Ducks aren’t short on personality. Jake Rodrigues is the closest thing to a team clown that the Ducks have. If anyone were paying attention in Berkeley last year before the game against Cal, they would have witnessed #3 shaking it, dancing to the music blaring through the loud speakers.
While he hasn’t had the facetime with the media yet to display his personality, Rodrigues will quickly become a fan favorite when he does. Not only does he look like a cast member from Laguna Beach, he has the dance moves to boot.