The Good, the Bad, and the Funny

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.

Boyett was certainly a nice guy.

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Boyett was certainly a nice guy.

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.


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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber