With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #86, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Garrett Embry. Embry is the last player to don the #86 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.
Before joining the Ducks, Embry was an incredible hyped prep athlete. He earned scholarship offers from Division 1 programs Air Force, Baylor, Buffalo, Miami (OH) and UCF, among others, before eventually signing withe Ducks.
As a junior, Embry finished with 30 tackles, 10 pass deflections and three interceptions while leading his school to the 2006 AAAAA state co-championship with a 13-1-1 record. As a senior, Embry was made a team captain and made 54 receptions for 953 yards and four touchdowns. He also guided his team to the AAAAA state quarterfinals.
Scout listed Embry as a 3-star WR and the No. 139 wide out and No. 68 DB. Rivals also listed him as a 3-star but failed to classify him as an offensive or defensive player. ESPN listed him as the No. 90 WR.
Embry was a member of an incredible 2008 recruiting class that featured athletes like Kiko Alonso, Kenjon Barner, Darron Thomas, LaGarrette Blount, John Boyett, LaMichael James, Dion Jordan, Josh Kaddu and Jeremiah Masoli. Of these talented recruits, Embry was the only true freshman to compete in all 13 games. Kaddu played in the last five after originally assigned a redshirt.
In 2008, Embry played a little bit of offense and defense for the Ducks but did most of his damage on special teams coverage. He made nine tackles (six unassisted, three assisted) on special teams and had multi-tackle games against Washington State, UCLA and Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl.
In 2009, Embry recorded two receptions for -4 yards in 11 game appearances. He made nine tackles on kickoff coverage and had one return for 22 yards.
After the 2009 season, Embry and Masoli had a run-in with the law when the two football players were accused of stealing laptops and other items from a University of Oregon fraternity.
Embry eventually parted ways from the team. He was set to graduate in 2011 and would have likely started his junior and/or senior season.