Oregon Ducks running back Ayele Forde, a redshirt junior from Silverado High School (Victorville, California), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Forde was a two-way star at running back and defensive back. He rushed for 931 yards on 118 attempts (7.9 YPC) and 12 touchdowns as a senior along with an average of close to four tackles per game.
In 2010, Forde spent the year redshirting while helping out with scout team duties.
In 2011, Forde was active for five games rushing for 176 yards on 36 carries (4.9 YPC) and two touchdowns. His top performances came against Oregon State when he rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries along with a touchdown and against Nevada when he ran in a 26-yard TD, the first of his collegiate career.
In 2012, Forde appeared in all 13 games for the Ducks. He finished the season with 27 carries and 139 yards (5.1 YPC). He also made strides on special teams recording 13 tackles (four unassisted, nine assisted). He had a career-long 33-yard run against Tennessee Tech.
Forde appeared in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game. He rushed for 35 yards on nine carries (3.9 YPC) for the second-most carries of any player.
Going into the 2013 season, the biggest thing for Forde is his granted scholarship (watch video below). He will be behind Byron Marshall, De’Anthony Thomas and true freshman Thomas Tyner on the depth chart, but should be called on more in the upcoming seasons. He’ll continue to help out on the scout team and should be an asset on special teams coverage.