Oregon place kicker Hayden Crook, a redshirt freshman from Bend HS (Bend, Ore.), enters his third season in the Oregon program.
Crook graduated from Bend HS in 2012 and received first team all-state kicker and played two seasons on the football team. During his time with the Lava Bears, Crook lettered in three sports. Crook played two seasons on the soccer team as a midfielder and three in basketball as a point guard to go along with his football career. He also was a scholar athlete, finishing with a 4.0 GPA.
Crook might have been most successful in basketball of the three sports. As a senior, Crook earned first team all-League honors and second team all-State tournament while averaging 18.5 PPG, 4.1 APG and 2.0 SPG. His quick first step and deep range threat made him a nightmare to guard.
Oregon has had a few athletic kickers over the past few seasons. Rob Beard is a prime example of the shift in special teams players. Former head coach Chip Kelly saw a benefit in having all 11 players on the field provide athleticism, particularly in kickoff coverage when a last man to cover could be needed.
Crook walked on to the Oregon program in 2012 and spent the past season as a redshirt. Crook did see the field for the 2013 Spring Game, going 2-of-3 on extra points with the last one unsuccessful.
Crook sits behind a deep kicking unit. Ahead of Crook is senior Alejandro Maldonado, sophomore Eric Solis and true freshman Matt Wogan once he joins the team in the summer. Crook can help out on the scout team or try to perfect a particular craft. For example, former Oregon kicker Luke Bellotti (son of former head coach Mike Bellotti) was a specialist for onside kicks. Crook can develop an aspect of his kicking game that can get him on the field.