With no current players on the Oregon roster wearing #83, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Ed Dickson.
Dickson had an incredible prep career before joining the Ducks including SuperPrep All-American’s No. 6 tight end nationally. Dickson was a two-way star for the Bellflower High School Buccaneers with 28 receptions for 400+ yards and six touchdowns offensively while also leading the defense with 54 tackles and a team-high 10 sacks. Dickson was honored as CIF Southern Section Southeast/South Coast lineman of the year by the L.A. Times
In 2005, Dickson signed on with the Ducks and spent his first season in Eugene as a redshirt. He was recognized for his efforts on the scout team throughout the season, earning scout team’s offensive-player-of-the-week honor five times (Montana, Stanford, Arizona, Washington State and USC).
In 2006, Dickson saw some action on offense but did the bulk of his work on special teams and defense. He recorded 7-10 tackles on special teams, the other three as a defensive lineman, and was one the team’s most important members on kickoff coverage. He also had one tackle for loss of nine yards. On offense, Dickson recorded four catches for 45 yards.
In 2007, Dickson burst on to the scene and quickly became known as one of the top tight ends in the Pac-10. Dickson was second on the team in receiving yards and had more receptions for a tight end than any prior Duck. He finished the season with 43 receptions for 453 yards (10.5 YPC) and three touchdowns. He was a regular on the field and was second only to safety Patrick Chung (1,173) in total plays with 1,135.
In 2008, Dickson continued to improve and developed a strong on-field connection with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Dickson brought in 35 receptions for 508 yards (14.5 YPC) and three additional touchdowns. He finished the season second-team All-Pac-10 and was beginning to receive national recognition.
In 2009, his numbers rose even higher with 42 receptions for 551 yards (13.1 YPC) and six touchdowns. Dickson’s career performance came against the No. 6 Cal Golden Bears in Autzen when he and Masoli connected 11 times for 148 yards, the most receptions by a tight end in game in Oregon history and fourth in yardage. There was quite a lot of talk by fans and members of the media asking “why isn’t Dickson being targeted more?” as he and wide receiver Jeff Maehl were tearing apart opposing secondaries. Another huge moment in Dickson’s career came in a comeback win over Arizona when caught a late-game touchdown to send the game into overtime.
Dickson finished his collegiate career with 124 receptions for 1,557 yards (12.6 YPC) and 12 touchdowns. He appeared in 52-52 games during his four seasons of eligibility and is remembered as a beacon of consistency.
Following his career with the Ducks, Dickson went on to be drafted in the third round (70th overall pick) by the Baltimore Ravens. In the NFL, Dickson has 86 receptions for 905 yards (10.5 YPC) and six touchdowns through three seasons. He received a Super Bowl win this past season as a member of the Ravens along with former Duck Haloti Ngata.