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#52 – A Look Back (Dewitt Stuckey)

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With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #52, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Dewitt Stuckey. Stuckey is the last player to don the #52 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.

Before joining the Ducks, Stuckey was one of the top California defensive prospects in the 2008 recruiting class and was rated the No. 13 WLB by Scout. He finished his senior season with 204 tackles (135 unassisted, 69 assisted), 8.5 sacks, 3.5 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

In 2008, Stuckey was originally assigned to a redshirt season but was called into action beginning with the Ducks’ fifth game of the season. He quickly earned a spot on special teams where he was utilized most of the season. He played a season-high 16 plays against Washington State. He ended the season with six appearances in the final nine games including 10 plays agains Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl.

In 2009, Stuckey appeared in another six games as a reserve linebacker and had top performances against Oregon State (14 plays) and Washington State (six tackles).

In 2010, Stuckey once again saw action in six games for the Ducks while recording tackles against Washington, Portland State, Tennessee and New Mexico.

In 2011, Stuckey finally earned a starting role at middle linebacker, taking over for the NFL-bound Casey Matthews. Stuckey saw action in all 14 games, starting 13, and finished the season with 69 tackles good enough for third best on the team. He recorded his first career interception against Stanford’s Andrew Luck for a 30-yard return. He earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention by the coaches and all-conference third team honors from college football guru Phil Steele. He was honored by the team with the Dudley Clarke Memorial Award given to the most improved player. He had a career-high 11 tackles (nine unassisted, two assisted) and one sack for a 7-yard loss against Arizona.

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