Oregon place kicker Eric Solis, a redshirt junior from Notre Dame High School (Panorama, California), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Solis was a successful prep kicker with a booming leg. He even kicked a 51-yard field goal to beat Bryan Bennett‘s Crespi High School. Solis eventually elected to walk-on to the Oregon program.
In 2010, Solis played in the season opener against New Mexico as a true freshman while starter Rob Beard sat out due to a suspension. Solis went 3-of-4 on field goal attempts of 24, 29 and 30 yards. His nine extra points in one game tied a UO record. He also tied the record with 11 successful kicks of either an extra point or field goal.
In 2011 and 2012, Solis redshirted a season while Rob Beard and fellow 2010 recruiting class member Alejandro Maldonado split the kicking duties.
Going into the 2013 season, Solis will battle with returning starter Maldonado and incoming freshman Matt Wogan. Wogan and Maldonado figure to be the front-runners for the job, but Solis could be used for special situations like kickoffs.
Solis can help out on the scout team or try to perfect a particular craft. For example, former Oregon kicker Luke Bellotti (son of former head coach Mike Bellotti) was a specialist for onside kicks. Solis can develop an aspect of his kicking game that can get him on the field.