Oregon Ducks wide receiver Dwayne Stanford, a sophomore from Taft High School (Cincinnati, Ohio), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Stanford posted 44 catches for 865 yards (19.7 YPC) and nine touchdowns as a junior while earning MAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-Ohio first-team honors. As a senior Stanford caught 32 passes for 720 yards (22.5 YPC) and nine touchdowns. Stanford was one of the Ducks’ premiere signees from the 2012 recruiting class. Stanford was a 2012 U.S. Army All-American game participant.
Here’s one assessment of Stanford:
“He has great size, but it’s not just the size, it’s the ability to use it that makes him a potentially special player. He goes up over one, two, sometimes three defenders, showing great ball skills as well as body control. Athletically he has it. He has pretty good speed and open field ability considering his size.” – Allen Trieu
Stanford had offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech and USC amongst many other elite Division 1 programs.
In 2012, Stanford quickly showed how impressive of a talent he is. He was one of a select few true freshmen to appear in all 13 games last season. Stanford finished with 11 catches for 106 yards (9.6 YPC) and one rush for eight yards. His shining performance came against Arizona when he finished with five catches for 41 yards.
Stanford missed the 2013 Oregon Spring Game while recovering from an ACL or MCL tear.
Going into the 2013 season, Stanford is going to miss some time as he is still recovering from knee surgery. It’s unclear when he’ll return, but there is the chance he misses most of, if not all, of the 2013 season. Should he miss the year, he could burn his redshirt and not lose a season of eligibility.