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#76 – A Look Back (Enoka Lucas)

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With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #76, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Enoka Lucas. Lucas is the last player to don the #76 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.

Before joining the Ducks, Lucas was a highly touted prep athlete from Honolulu, Hawai’i. Lucas was named first-team all-state offensive guard by the Honolulu Advertiser. Lucas was known for being multi-faceted as a blocker, able to create gaps in the running lanes and able to create a pocket for the quarterback. After numerous scholarship offers, Lucas eventually signed on with the Ducks.

In 2002, Lucas joined the team but spent his first season as a member of the scout team. He earned scout team offensive player of the week twice for wins over Portland State and Stanford.

In 2003, Lucas was behind a veteran o-line but was still able to see time in seven different games. He battled during the offseason for the starting center job. Lucas wore #76 his first two seasons before using the #55 jersey.

In 2004, Lucas went on to start eight games with seven as a center and moving to right guard for one game due to a mid-season injury. He had huge performances against Arizona, Oklahoma, Idaho and Washington State when he played a career-high 109 plays.

In 2005, Lucas had his breakout season by starting all 12 of the team’s games and earning Pac-10’s second-team all-conference as a center. He was also voted by the team as the Ducks’ most outstanding offensive lineman, earning Ed Moshofsky Award.

In 2006, Lucas was able to use an impressive senior season to earn himself a free agent pickup by the Houston Texans after going undrafted.

Lucas bounced around the NFL with stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007), Tennessee Titans (2008) and Arizona Cardinals (2008) before going to the United Football League. Lucas saw time with the Florida Tuskers (2009–2010) and Virginia Destroyers (2011) before calling it a career.

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