With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #61, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Nick Cody. Cody is the last player to don the #61 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.
Before joining the Ducks, Cody was highly-recruited out of Hockinson High School (Brush Prairie, Washington). He was a two-sport star as a two-time all-region honoree in wrestling his freshman and sophomore seasons before switching to football and basketball full-time, which he lettered in three seasons.
Cody earned a four-star ranking from Rivals and was projected as the No. 25 offensive tackle, No. 3 player from the state of Washington and No. 223 nationally. He was also listed a PrepStar all-west region choice and Tacoma News Tribune’s Western 100 ledger.
In 2008, Cody joined the Ducks and spent his fall redshirting. He was an active member on the practice squad and even earned scout team player of the week honors for the week against Washington.
In 2009, Cody appeared in 10-of-13 games for the Ducks and made his collegiate debut at right tackle in a win over UCLA. Cody played a season-high 58 plays against Washington State in a win at home. He also earned Pac-10 Academic all-Conference honorable mention.
In 2010, Cody logged another 10 appearances during the Ducks’ run to the national championship game. He played a season-high 48 plays in a 72-0 win against New Mexico and earned repeat honors as Pac-10 Academic all-Conference honorable mention.
In 2011, Cody started the final 13 games of the season at right tackle and became one of the Ducks’ most valuable linemen. He was part of a line unit that ranked No. 3 in scoring and No. 5 in rushing yardage.
In 2012, Cody had appearances in all 12 regular season games for the Ducks including the first six starts at right guard. He was then replaced by Mana Greig beginning in the seventh game of the season against Arizona State. Greig started two games before being injured and then replaced by Ryan Clanton.
Despite being a two-time Pac-10 Academic all-Conference honorable mention, Cody was ruled academically ineligible for his final college game – a 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.