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#60 – A Look Back (Ryan Clanton)

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With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #60, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Ryan Clanton. Clanton is the last player to don the #60 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.

Before joining the Ducks, Clanton was a prep star at Bakersfield Christian High School where he helped guid the team to the CIF Central Section Division V state title his senior season. The school rushed for 2,925 yards and 55 touchdowns behind the great blocking of Clanton. He originally signed with the Fresno State Bulldogs but decided to go the JUCO route instead.

Clanton enrolled in the City College of San Francisco where former Ducks Jeremiah Masoli, Blake Ferras and Matthew Harper all played before transferring to Oregon. Clanton spent time at offensive guard and tackle in 2009 while earning high recruiting honors.

Rivals listed him as a four-star prospect while Scout rated him as the No. 7 JC OT in the class of 2010.

In 2010, Clanton enrolled early at the University of Oregon during the winter term so he could participate in spring drills including the 2010 Spring Game.

In 2011, Clanton was one of the Ducks’ top reserve linemen appearing 11 games at both tackle and guard. He also had a season-high 48 plays against Oregon State in the Civil War. Clanton showed his extreme strength during winter conditioning posting a weight of 395 lbs. in the bench press to lead all offensive linemen. His 1.91 and 3.17 seconds in the 10-yard and 20-yard dash respectively were third best for all offensive linemen.

In 2012, Clanton had his breakout season for the Ducks. He started all 13 games for the Ducks with the first eight at left guard (replaced by Kyle Long) when he moved over to right guard to take over for the injured Mana Greig for the final five games of the season.

Clanton participated in the Oregon Pro Day where he was the talk of the afternoon, posting an unbelievable 42 reps at 225 lbs in the bench press.

Clanton was not taken in the NFL Draft, but had an incredible career from junior college all the way to a starter on a BCS team that finished the season ranked No. 2.

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