Oregon Ducks wide receiver Eric Dungy, a redshirt junior from Plant High School (Tampa, Florida), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Dungy was a relatively unknown wide receiver/defensive back who is a great example of a diamond in the rough. Despite his lineage, Dungy was rated as a two-star or lower by many scouting services. He went on to record 56 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and eight pass deflections as a junior, building some awareness. As a senior he erupted for 24 receptions for 340 yards (14.2 YPC) and two touchdowns offensively and 61 tackles, five interceptions, one sack, three fumble recoveries and six pass deflections defensively. He was named second-team All-County by the Tampa Tribune.
Dungy’s recruitment by the Ducks was pretty unusual. When then head coach Chip Kelly was dealing with the LeGarrette Blount fiasco, he sought the advice of Tony Dungy, Eric’s hall of fame father. The elder Dungy, in helping Kelly, also gave his son some exposure that eventually landed Eric a scholarship offer. And as they say, the rest is history.
In 2010, Dungy spent his first season in Eugene redshirting and a member of the scout team.
In 2011, Dungy played in six games catching two passes for 34 yards (17.0 YPC) and one touchdown.
In 2012, Dungy appeared in 10 games while missing action against Arizona State, Stanford and Kansas State. Dungy recorded five catches for 41 yards (8.2 YPC) and four tackles (two unassisted, two assisted).
Dungy excelled in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game hauling in a team-high nine passes for 56 yards (6.2 YPC).
Going into the 2013 season, Dungy will battle for reserve time at wide receiver, but with six top notch guys coming back from last year there will be little opportunity for significant minutes. But with that said, 2014 will be a huge year for Dungy. In fact, he might even earn a starting spot.