Oregon Ducks free safety Erick Dargan, a redshirt junior from Pittsburg High School (Pittsburg, California), enters his fourth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Dargan was a two-way star at running back and defensive back. As a junior he rushed 99 times for 769 yards (7.7 YPC) with 11 touchdowns and defensively he finished with 72 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was recognized as second-team All-East Bay in 2008 and first-team all-Bay Valley League. Dargan missed most of his senior season because of a knee injury, hampering his recruiting process and reducing the number of interested suitors.
He still earned high remarks from some of the major recruiting services and held scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado, San Jose State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State and other Division 1 programs before eventually signing with the Ducks.
In 2010, Dargan spent his first season in Eugene redshirting while also an active participant on the scout team.
In 2011, Dargan participated in nine of the team’s 14 games. He finished the season with 15 tackles (nine unassisted, six assisted) along with a pass deflection and a forced fumble.
In 2012, Dargan was third on the depth chart behind starter John Boyett and Avery Patterson, but season ending injuries to both Boyett and Patterson put Dargan in a starting role late in the season. Dargan participated in all 13 games, and started the last three of the year. He finished the season with 54 tackles (33 unassisted, 21 assisted), three tackles for loss, seven pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and five interceptions for 77 yards.
Dargan competed in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game, but did not record any statistics.
Going into the 2013 season, Dargan will continue to serve as Patterson’s back-up, now that Patterson has fully recovered from his season ending injury he suffered against Cal. With a loaded defensive backfield – maybe the best secondary in the country – Dargan will be in a great position to start his senior season and be one of the faces of the defense, but will still be an important rotational player in 2013.