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The Big Four Duck Comeback Nominees

This coming Monday, May 2nd, ESPN’s Neil Everett will again host the Ducks Comeback Awards at Matthew Night Arena. According to Rob Moseley over at GoDucks.com the nominees, selected by UO student athletes are:

Football: BRALON ADDISON

Bralon Addison just misses a pass from Marcus Mariota that would have converted a 3rd down | Photo by Gary Breedlove

Bralon Addison just misses a pass from Marcus Mariota that would have converted a 3rd down | Photo by Gary Breedlove

“Robbed of his 2014 season by a knee injury, the elusive wide receiver and kick returner returned with a vengeance last fall. Led the UO football team with 63 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdown, earning second-team all-conference honors. Also returned 12 punts for 151 yards, including a memorable 81-yard return for a touchdown at Michigan State.” – Rob Moseley GoDucks.com

Track & Field: DEVON ALLEN

Touchdown by Devon Allen. Photo - Dave Peaks

Touchdown by Devon Allen. Yes he plays football too!
Photo – Dave Peaks

“In January of 2015, he suffered a torn ligament in his knee at the Rose Bowl. That didn’t prevent him from returning to the football season last fall, nor from taking the track and field world by storm a few months later. Won the 2016 NCAA Indoor title in the 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best and school record 7.56 seconds, helping the Men of Oregon win the team title. Also manages a 3.09 GPA in business administration.” – Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com

Basketball: JORDAN BELL

Photo by 247Sports

Photo by 247Sports

“A broken foot set back his offseason development, and delayed his return until a few games into the 2015-16 campaign. But once he was back, helped the Ducks finish strong in the nonconference season and go on to Pac-12 championships in the both the regular season and the conference tournament. Blocked 53 shots, third all-time at Oregon for a single season and giving him a UO career record 147. Grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in the Elite Eight against Oklahoma, and finished the season shooting .576, putting his UO record career field-goal percentage at .586.” – Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com

Cross Country: MOLLY GRABILL

Image - Runnerspace.com

Image – Runnerspace.com

“Molly was Oregon’s third finisher in the six-kilometer races at the Pac-12 Championships (20:22.1) and NCAA Championships (20:21.8), three years after having her career derailed by a car wreck. Earlier in 2015, she finished fourth to earn all-American status in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor championships, helping the UO women earn the team title. The General Social Science major carries a 3.6 grade-point average.” – Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com

Baseball: MATT KROOK

Matt Krook

Matt Krook

“Krook missed the 2014 season after elbow surgery, and returned to the starting rotation as a redshirt sophomore this spring. Recently moved into the prestigious Friday night starting role, he has a 3-2 record with a 4.29 ERA. In 42 innings, has a ridiculous 54 strikeouts, and a batting average against of .177.” – Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com

This is the second annual ceremony for a tradition that, for many many years was awarded internally by the Athletic staff, highlights the student-athletes that have overcome sometimes serious injuries and made exceptional comebacks in their sports, while excelling in their academic endeavors.

Past award winners have gone on to successful professional careers in both sports, and business.  For a peek at how the pro’s are stacking up, take a look at the live sportsbook lines for the NFL, always a good indicator of the quality of teams that will be competing this fall.

 

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