Oregon Ducks linebacker Boseko Lokombo, a redshirt senior from South Eugene High School (Eugene, Oregon), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Lokombo was an incredible two-way star as a prep, competing as a line backer and running back. Lokombo moved to Montreal in 1996 from the Congo. From there he moved to Eugene where he competed his junior season at South and then later moved to W.J. Mouat High School in Abbotsford, B.C.
In 2009, Lokombo spent his first season in Eugene redshirting while an active member of the scout team. Lokombo earned scout team defensive player of the week against Cal and special teams player of the week against Purdue.
In 2010, Lokombo finished the season with 36 tackles (20 unassisted, 16 assisted), 2.0 tackles for loss, three pass deflections and three fumble recoveries including one 32-yards for a touchdown. He played in all 13 games and was 10th on the team in tackles.
In 2011, Lokombo was the team’s top reserve linebacker. Playing in all 14 games, Lokombo recorded 33 tackles (22 unassisted, 11 assisted), 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five pass deflections, one forced fumble, one recovery and three total touchdowns on two interceptions and a returned blocked punt. His career play, thus far, came in a huge pick-6 against Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
In 2012, Lokombo finally earned a starting spot and quickly proved his merit. Lokombo dominated all year on the way to 39 tackles (26 unassisted, 13 assisted), 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, six pass deflections and one forced fumble.
Going into the 2013 season, Lokombo will be the senior leader for the Ducks and the only returning starter at linebacker from last season. The Ducks have to replace Michael Clay, Kiko Alonso and Dion Jordan from last season, and that won’t be a simple task. Lokombo will need to be not only productive in his SLB role, but also help mentor the younger Ducks as they develop into their new roles.