Oregon offensive lineman James Euscher, a redshirt sophomore from Aloha High School (Beaverton, Oregon), enters his third season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks Euscher was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track and field at Aloha, the same high school as Oregon freshman running back Thomas Tyner.
Euscher played on both sides of the line for Aloha. As a junior he finished the year with 54 total and three sacks. As a senior he finished with 40 tackles, six sacks and one fumble recovery on defense while also earning All-State offensive first team as a tackle by Oregon Live. PrepStar Magazine honored Euscher as All-West Region and he made the Tacoma News Tribune’s annual “Northwest Nuggets” list recognizing the best regional prospects.
Euscher was listed as a two-star recruit by ESPN, and was a consensus three-star by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports as a two-way star. He showed interest in Oregon State, Boise State and several other northwest schools before joining the Ducks.
In 2011, Euscher was a member of the scout team while spending his first year in Eugene redshirting.
In 2012, Euscher was one of the team’s top reserve linemen seeing time in nine of 12 regular season games. He spent most of his time at left tackle.
Going into the 2013 season, Euscher is expected to battle for a spot on the two-deep behind one of the starting offensive tackles. Euscher is expected to be named second-string LT behind redshirt sophomore Tyler Johnstone who is the returning starter at the position.
Johnstone is talented enough to leave the Ducks after next season and isn’t likely to stay in Eugene for all four years of his eligibility. With the Ducks likely to lose three or four starters on the offensive line to the NFL after 2013, Euscher could earn a starting job as early as 2014.