Oregon linebacker Brett Bafaro, a redshirt freshman from Liberty High School (Hillsboro, Oregon), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Bafaro stared on both offense and defense for head coach Eric Mahlum. Bafaro rushed for a team-high 659 yards on 66 attempts (9.98 YPC) along with 27 catches for 373 yards and 10 total touchdowns as a senior. On defense he recorded 91 tackles with six sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Bafaro earned first-team All-State honors at linebacker and was elected the Northwest Oregon Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2011. He was also selected second-team all-NWOC at running back. Baforo also lettered three seasons of varsity baseball.
Bafaro had offers up and down the west coast including Pac-12 schools Colorado, Oregon State, Utah and Washington. Scout listed Bafaro as the No. 62 linebacker from the 2012 recruiting class.
In 2012, Bafaro spent his first season in Eugene as a redshirt while helping the Ducks on the scout/practice team.
Bafaro competed in the 2013 Spring Game recording three tackles (one unassisted, two assisted). It was his first live action at Autzen Stadium for Ducks fans to see. With his redshirt out of the way, he’ll have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Going into the 2013 season, three starting linebackers from 2012’s group (Kiko Alonso, Michael Clay, Dion Jordan) are gone and Bafaro will compete for reserve time at linebacker. Bafaro will be up against Derrick Malone Jr. and Rodney Hardrick for playing time at OLB.