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#82 – A Look Back (Dan Kause)

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With no current players on the Oregon roster wearing No. 82, we decided to go with a blast from the past with former Duck tight end Dan Kause.

Kause joined the Ducks after an incredible senior season in high school with 20 receptions for 331 yards (16.6 YPC) and one touchdown to go along with an average of 190 yards per game as a rusher. Kause missed most of his junior season due to thumb injury, but still earned quite a lot of recognition as a prep athlete. He was selected to play in the California Al Malaikah Shrine all-star game. Kause also dominated in basketball averaging 28 PPG as a junior.

In 2003, Kause had his best season as a Duck as a true freshman. When injuries played the TE depth chart, Kause came in and played in all 13 games including a start against Utah. He finished the season with three catches for 37 yards. He also had a strong presence on special teams.

In 2004, he battled through a series of nagging injuries that plagued his time on the field. Kause finished the year with just one reception for six yards while taking the field in nine games. Kause had his most action against UCLA (27 plays, one reception) and Cal (21 plays).

In 2005, Kause again battled injury, this time a knee injury. He finished his junior season with two catches for 19 yards. His top games came against Arizona and Montana when he recorded one catch in each and played 18 plays in both.

In 2006, Kause played behind future NFLers Ed Dickson and Dante Rosario. Kause finished his senior season with two receptions for 24 yards and had his first collegiate touchdown.

Injuries hampered him most of his collegiate career, keeping him from reaching his full potential with the Ducks. He finished his four seasons with eight catches for 86 yards (10.7 YPC) and one touchdown.

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