Oregon linebacker Isaac Ava, a redshirt junior from St. Louis High School (Ewa Beach, Hawaii), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Ava was an an honorable mention in the Interscholastic League of Hawaii and was an East Team all-star. He was also team captain his senior season of the varsity team.
In 2010, Ava was one of the team’s most valuable contributors on the scout team as he spent the year as a redshirt. He earned scout team player of the week honors on defense against washington and on special teams against Arizona.
In 2011, Ava saw time in two games and made his first collegiate tackle in a blowout win over Nevada. It was his lone tackle of the season. During winter conditioning he posted the second-best weight in the bench press for the linebacking group at 365 lbs.
In 2012, Ava played in every single regular season game for the Ducks as a reserve linebacker but did not see the field against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. He finished the season with five total tackles (two unassisted, three assisted) including one forced fumble against Arizona State.
Going into the 2013 season, Ava will be a primary reserve linebacker once again and could be called on to a starting role should someone go down to injury. His experience will give him a leg up as guys are competing for playing time. Oregon will have to replace starters Dion Jordan, Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso who are all off to the NFL.