Oregon’s Cali Flock: Keyon Ware-Hudson is READY to ROCK the PAC

Cameron Johansson Recruiting 17 Comments

After the Ducks’ wide receiving corps, Oregon’s defensive front seven is arguably the deepest unit on the roster. Kayvon Thibodeaux, Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu will most definitely be leading the defensive line into the season, but there are also plenty of players who will be knocking on the door looking for some action in the 2020 season.

One of those players will be redshirt freshman Keyon Ware-Hudson(not to be confused with Kyron Ware-Hudson, his brother). The 6’3″ 295-pound defensive tackle out of Duarte, California appeared in just three games last season, which allowed him to retain his redshirt eligibility. During these three appearances, Ware-Hudson made three tackles and recorded a sack, while only playing a handful of snaps.

Ware-Hudson showed that kind of talent in his high school days as well. He attended Mater Dei High School, where he was ranked the 11th-best defensive end in the country and the 22nd-best overall recruit in California. He was also given four stars by both Rivals and ESPN.


Keyon Ware-Hudson runs through agility drills in Southern California

After an injury kept him out of action during his junior season, he came back looking better than ever for his senior season, when he recorded 46 total tackles, 14 TFLs and 6.5 sacks. These contributions propelled him to a first team all-county selection and second team all California.

During Ware-Hudson’s recruitment, Oregon had to contend with some big-time programs, including Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Pac-12 foes UCLA, Arizona and Washington. Ware-Hudson formally committed to Oregon in the spring of 2018. There was some worry among Ducks fans that he would flip when Willie Taggart’s Seminoles offered him the day after his commitment, but that never happened.

In Ware-Hudson, the Ducks have a defensive lineman waiting in the wings who could prove to be a big-time player when his number eventually gets called. Duck Territory writer Erik Skopil included Ware-Hudson in his article about five redshirts who can make a difference for the Ducks in this upcoming season. “There’s no reason that Ware-Hudson can’t be a capable rotation piece upfront for Joe Salave’a’s group. He’s got the size and strength to make a difference. Now it’s just a matter of going out and proving he can play at this level,” Skopil wrote of Ware-Hudson. He also mentioned, however, that it would be difficult to see him starting.


Ware-Hudson is featured in an Oregon promo

That’s not a slight to Ware-Hudson, but a compliment to how deep the Ducks are on the defensive line. He has the talent level to start for many top schools around the country, but Oregon just happens to have three or four NFL-ready players on the line. He will certainly be in the rotation, and this season he’ll get more than a handful of snaps. If one of the starters were to go down to injury, Ware-Hudson would definitely be near the top of a long list of players who could step in. With his combination of size and quickness, he’s a good asset to have on the interior and potentially edge.

Mario Cristobal hasn’t been shy about showing his philosophy of going with the hot hand. We saw it many times over the last two seasons at the running back position: if you’re playing well, he’s going to leave you in the game. Cristobal will give his players every chance to compete and every opportunity to play. This is all Ware-Hudson needs to be successful. Given the opportunity, he’ll flourish.

Cameron Johansson
Portland, Oregon
Top Photo from Twitter


Bob Rodes, the FishDuck.com Volunteer editor for this article, is an IT analyst, software developer and amateur classical pianist in Manchester, Tennessee.

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Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck

The full list of Pac-12 player demands is here….


Thanks for the list, Charles. After reading it, I’m united with them, there wasn’t any “demand” that I felt was unreasonable at all. Obviously, all of this can’t happen instantly, and I believe that the players realize this.

I realize this is a big “if” but if Larry Scott & Mark Emmert can look at what the players are asking for, not with anger and resolve to maintain the status quo, but as a way for the NCAA to evolve into what is needed in todays environment, this can end well, and move forward.

Jon Sousa

Thanks for posting Charles. Interesting list. In the list of actual demands it is obvious that there is no way all of those can be granted in writing in time to start practice (perhaps a verbal commitment to work on the majority of them).

Some are impossible to grant. How do you put a salary cap of coaches at $1 million when the rest of the P5 is paying 5-10? How do you divert the expenditure of multi-millions of dollars on “lavish facilities” to other things when those millions were donated by fans and designated for certain projects?

In any negotiation usually both sides give up something that they want. If these students are determined to not play unless they are all granted, then they will not be playing this year.

The only thing to me that was disappointing in the document was the total lack of mentioning the value of a 4 year college degree and all the help they are offered to help them accomplish the goal of graduating. In this regard the general student population are not given near the resources that the athletes are.

We will have an article tomorrow that opens up more discussion about the players’ demands, as this is not going away.

I disagree with much of the commentary out there already, and wonder how we can steer the conversation on FishDuck to stay civil, and without it going into politics once again. I have some very outspoken views, but I do not wish to offend many of the good people of this community.

Like you, I just wish we could just talk football; one thing I despised about the NFL is all the discussions about player out-sized contracts, the salary cap and all the money. Now, here we go….

Jon Sousa

When I posted my reply, I was thinking about adding at the end, “I hope I won’t regret saying any of this.” And there it is.

As far as my opinion on the matter goes, this is about as unreasonable is it gets. I support the students in their desire to bargain collectively and applaud all the conversations and communication and the WORK that they put into their document.


Looking forward to that, Charles. Of course it would be better if we could have one where we look for the “trap game” on the schedule, but. I didn’t like where all this looked to be going last night. But after a night thinking about it, and then seeing what others had to say about it, I feel more positive.

One thing I did a 180 on was the players bringing all this up now. It’s actually great timing as far as we fans go. Imagine if this was a normal August, and this came up? That would be royal mess. But, now, with the season a big question mark, some positive steps can be taken for the future.

Santa Rosa Duck

Jevon Holland has joined the group or chorus, what ever it is. This is sure to spread fast and probably dooms college football for this season.

Some things on that list are obviously easier to accomplish than others. Also time wise there are some things on that list that are straight impossible to rectify before fall camp starts.

However, usually the list is more ambitious as both sides have to find compromise and thus give something up.

The reality is that college sports are minor leagues for many professional sports. We see with both football and basketball athletes who come to a college to pay for the minium amount of time before jumping into the draft.

To complicate things even more student athletes really have two full time jobs… One as a student and one as an athlete. The riggers of college sports today aren’t what they used to be as there is so much time spent training that for many of these kids football has been a year round commitment even before college.

These issues are all complicated and there simply aren’t many easy answers.

Can we just cut to the chase? The student-athlete model is a throw back to the 19th century.

All those playing, regardless of color, are being screwed over. All those playing CFB and CBB and funding every other sport. These young men are providing the $ to pay big administrative costs at their own school, at the conference level and at the NCAA level.

You want to introduce race into the mix, fine. But this is an economic issue that affects everyone, including fans arriving back home on Sunday from Saturday night late kick off games. College CFB and CBB has been wholly and IMO, wrongly, monetized. Today, the folks calling the shots are media entities. These organizations care about 1 thing and 1 thing only, the bottom line.

Go to a 32 team elite division. Each team serving as a minor league for a given NFL team. Players join the NFL Union. Young men who want to get paid-to-play enter a HS draft. Want to go to a particular school, which of course will not be your choice regarding a team at the next level, fine. Walk on.

Provide a CFB major. Players can be involved with their coaches 365/24/7. This major earns JC credits so, if you do not advance to the league in say, 4 to 5 years, you have college credits that will be acknowledged on the academic side.

Dump the NCAA. 1 Commish. Negotiate in association with the NFL, new collective media rights deals. Hold a true playoff. Have an Elite CFB Network. The $ would be off the charts.

Stay in conference for all other sports with the Elite sharing a portion of the Elite $ with conference brethren. Allow schools, for example, Vanderbilt, to drop football but remain in conference for all other sports. Vanderbilt will not remain elite academically if it doesn’t have a football team?

These demands, sans IMO, the concern over race instead of a concern for all being ‘used’ to pay for basically everything, including a manager of a college football team making $9M plus a year, are spot on.

We have an opportunity here to make the ECONOMICS of CFB far more equitable. We have an opportunity to blow away the ‘every-man-for-himself’ conference model and move it into the 21st century,

Student-Athlete? In any Dictionary, this should appear under the definition of Oxymoron.

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck

There are so many of their demands grounded in lack of understanding, and let me give you one example. They want money from the Stanford Endowment to replace sports cut by the Cardinal, and they don’t understand; you cannot use the money that way. As someone who works in Charitable Planned Giving….you cannot tell the donor that their funding will be used for scholarships–until something else comes along.

You must have “gift integrity” and use the funds as specified in the donation, or you will destroy donating trust in the institution. That is one simple example among so many…

Some of my comments would probably anger both the players and the administration, so this might be one topic where I truly act like an Oregon fan and “Duck-it.”


Heard on the news that 5 Wazzu football players were kicked off the team for supporting the demands

Jon Joseph

I believe these 5 opted not to play. As a result, they are excluded from the athletic facilities.


Regarding the demands, I find it interesting that Larry Scott is the only person identified by name, as he should be.

Jon Joseph

Thank you Cam. Lot’s of depth showing up everywhere; which is nice.

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck

Cameron, thanks for reminding us of the superb talent ready to get their snaps and build the future Duck defense. So fun to read about him again…

Jon Sousa

Thank you for the article Cameron. It’s exciting reviewing the guys that are waiting in the wings to come on stage. This guy seems like a beast ready to explode this year.

With a shortened season this year, I’m afraid that the second and especially third string aren’t going to see as many snaps. This is because of the lack of any cupcakes at all in the beginning of the season and because fewer means not as much “normal” wear and tear on the body. I have my doubts that we will play the full ten game slate.


Thanks for the article, Cameron. Embarrassment of riches is what the Ducks have on the DL, it’s what the elite teams have. Fortunately, unlike at the quarterback position, there is no downside to depth’ all of the talented players will get playing time.