Oregon Ducks defensive back Dior Mathis, a redshirt junior from Cass Tech High School (Detroit, Michigan), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Mathis was one of the most highly sought after prospects for the class of 2010. The track star earned Prepstar Magazine All-American honors for his 15 touchdowns as a wide receiver and eight interceptions as a defensive back. In track, Mathis competed in the 100-meters where he ran a PR of 10.4. His speed alone was good enough to earn him four stars by most scouting services and the attention of some of the nation’s elite programs.
In 2010, Mathis spent the year redshirting while doing work on the track. As you can see from the photos below, Mathis is quite the speedster. While competing in track and field, Mathis won the “Football 60” exhibition race at the Oregon Twilight track meet, running 60 meters in 6.87 seconds against four fellow Ducks football players.
In 2011, Mathis saw action in five games for the Ducks recording seven tackles (six unassisted, one assisted) and one tackle for loss. He made a season-high three tackles in the Civil War.
In 2012, Mathis appeared in 10 games during the season finishing with 16 tackles (10 unassisted, six assisted), 1.5 tackle for loss, five pass deflections and two interceptions for 70 yards.
Mathis competed in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game and logged some major minutes. He finished with seven tackles (five unassisted, two assisted), which was second-most on the team, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
Going into the 2013 season, Mathis will continue to play backup to Terrance Mitchell. Mathis has continued to develop each season he’s been in the program, going from a raw speedster to a very talented defender. He will continue to see more significant action, rotating in during games, and could be called on to start should Mitchell or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu go down to injury.