Headlined by the NFL Combine and UO men’s basketball G Damyean Dotson receiving a fake identification citation, it was a hectic weekend on and off the field for current and former University of Oregon athletes.
Here’s what happened:
Former Ducks TE Colt Lerlya, RB De’Anthony Thomas and WR Josh Huff completed athletic testing at the NFL Combine.
Though he disappointed with his bench press performance(worst among tight ends), Lyerla stole the show among the UO group of skill position players.
Lyerla ran the third fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.61 and his broad jump of 128 inches was tied for the furthest at his position. Finally, he finished alone in first place with a vertical jump of 36 and 1/2 inches.
After the results were in, Lyerla tweeted his reaction:
“For having 1 week to train, I’m not mad at the numbers… Room for improvement,” he said.
Though some predicted he would be in the 4.3 range, Thomas ran a 4.5 official 40-yard dash time, which is 13th among RBs. For a player with such a small frame whose reputation is centered around his speed, Thomas’ time will likely hurt his draft stock. Thomas delivered the eighth fastest broad jump at 124 inches and his 31-inch vertical jump was 24th among RBs.
Huff was the 24th fastest receiver, finishing the 40 yard dash in 4.51 seconds. He also had tied for the 16th most 225 pound bench press reps(14), tied for the 34th best broad jump at 116 inches and tied for the 22nd best vertical jump(35 1/2 inches), all rankings among WRs.
After Huff recorded an unofficial 40 time of 4.45 seconds, Matt Miller, an NFL Draft analyst for Bleacher Report, tweeted:
“4.45 for Josh Huff. Love the way this kid goes after the ball in the air. He tracks and attacks. #Oregon.”
On Friday night, 19-year-old Dotson attempted to get into Taylors Bar & Grill with a fake ID. However, Taylors security took Dotson into custody after realizing the ID was fake.
Dotson was suspended from UO’s game against Washington State.
After UO’s 67-53 victory over the Cougars, head coach Dana Altman commented on the incident and Dotson’s suspension:
“He feels he let the team down,” he said.
“Dot is a good young man and we’ll work through this,” Altman added.
“Dot and I will sit down and we”ll keep talking about it. Dot’s a good player and he’s played really well the last few games,” Altman said regarding Dotson’s availability against UCLA on Thursday and his recent performance.
During the Ducks men’s tennis team’s sweep of UNLV, Robin Cambier recorded his 84th career singles win, which is tied for the most in UO history.
The UO women’s tennis team ended a four game losing streak, defeating Akron 6-1.
Jillian Alleyne tied a record of her own during UO’s 108-88 loss to Washington State. The UO forward is now tied for first on the all-time UO list for most double-doubles in a single season.
The Oregon softball team toppled its 14th opponent in a row in its 8-0 victory over UC Davis at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Pitcher Karissa Hovinga improved to 6-0 on the season after giving up just three hits. The team also defeated Notre Dame, Virginia, Fordham and LSU throughout the weekend.
UO baseball had a productive weekend as well, sweeping Loyola Marymount in a three game series. However, that isn’t to say it was easy. After routing LMU in game one 12-2, UO needed a pinch hit in the 9th inning of game two by Mark Karaviotis to prevail 5-3 and needed a sac-fly in the 9th inning of game three to break a 3-3 tie and finish the series undefeated.
Finally, the Oregon men’s golf team won its first tournament of the season at the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate. The team tallied a -27 overall score, edging out the Colorado Buffaloes by three strokes. Sulman Raza led the way for UO at -8.