With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #94, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Axel McQuaw. McQuaw is the last player to don the #94 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.
That is to say, despite his junior standing last season McQuaw is no longer with the Oregon program. Mcquaw, along with former Duck Nick Cody, was suspended for the 2013 Fiesta Bowl for “failing to meet the minimum NCAA academic requirements necessary to participate in the post season,” according to then head coach Chip Kelly and a press release by the University athletic department.
McQuaw was team captain of Waldport High School’s (Yachats, Ore.) varsity team his senior season and earned first team all-League honors. McQuaw played on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Irish.
McQuaw also played basketball in high school. At 6’6″ and 275 lbs, few teams had big men big enough to defend him one-on-one. However, his talent in football far outweighed that on the hardwood. He decided to walk-on to the Ducks as a non-scholarship player.
He joined team in 2010 and worked significantly with the practice squad his freshman season. He originally was projected as an offensive lineman for the Ducks but was moved over to the defense as he developed within the program.
McQuaw played in three games in 2011, but did not record any statistics. He was a part of the defense for the wining green team in the 2012 Spring Game. McQuaw recorded one tackle in the game and was expected to be another year of development away from competing for playing time.
McQuaw did not see the field for the 2012 season and, as mentioned earlier, was suspended and did not travel with the team to compete in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State. McQuaw would have been a senior in 2013.