Oregon defensive end Ryan McCandless, a redshirt sophomore from Cardinal Newman High School (Santa Rosa, California), enters his third season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, McCandless was a three-year letter winner in football and track where he dominated the North Bay League. McCandless earned All-North Bay League Football team defensive line honorable mention as a junior. As a senior he was named North Bay League second team defensive line as well as being All-City Champion in the 100 meters, long jump and anchor of the 4x100m. He was voted the track team’s Valuable Athlete of the year.
In 2011, McCandless walked on to the Oregon program where he spent his first season as a redshirt and a member of the scout team.
In 2012, McCandless participated in two games and was part of the team’s active travel squad including the 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Going into the 2013 season, McCandless won’t likely earn a spot in the team’s two-deep due to the fact that he’s on one of the team’s deepest units. The Ducks are starting three seniors on the d-line next season and have a talented group of reserves behind them. McCandless can try to be a figure on special teams over the next several seasons and eventually earn a scholarship. Once Oregon’s trio of sophomore d-linemen in DeForest Buckner, Alex Balducci and Arik Armstead that will be features on the line for the next several seasons.
McCandless did participate in the 2013 Spring Game recording one tackle, which was a one-yard loss on a screen to running back Ayele Forde from freshman Jake Lockie.