The Oregon Ducks are close to hitting Pape Field and starting their work on defending the 2012 Pac-12 title and now is the perfect time to roll out a new feature at DuckTerritory.com.
Boseko Lokombo assumes a starting role in 2012 and shouldn't see much of a drop off in production.
The Three-Pack will go through the entire Oregon football roster and break down three players every day and will give you a recap of what they have done prior to 2012, what we expect they will do in 2012, and more.
Coming soon: Keanon Lowe, Colt Lyerla, and AlejandroMaldonado.
92 - Wade Keliikipi - JR Defensive Tackle
6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Waianae, HI/Waianae HS
What they did prior to 2012: Arrived to Eugene in the fall of 2009 and redshirted his first year at Oregon. In 2010 he played in all 13 games and was a regular along the defensive line as Oregon played for the national title. Second among reserve linemen with 18 tackles. Made two tackles in his collegiate debut against New Mexico. IN 2011 he played in all 14 games and started the final 11. Recorded 25 tackles. Posted a career high five tackles against Wisconsin. Career high 1.5 sacks against Washington.
What we expect in 2012: Once again Oregon will have a strong defensive line in 2012 and a big reason for that is because of Keliikipi. He will help anchor the defensive tackle position. Should be one of Oregon's better defensive players and could find himself making honorable mention as a junior with a big year.
23 - B.J. Kelley - RFR Wide Receiver
B.J. Kelley looks to crack into the receiver rotation and become a go-to receiver at Oregon.
6-foot-2, 179 pounds, Fresno, CA/Central HS
What they did prior to 2012: Was a three-star recruit by 247sports.com in the 2011 class. Had 51 catches for 1,223 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. In 2011 he redshirted to adjust to college football. Named offensive scout player of the week before Missouri State.
What we expect in 2012: Kelley is part of the 2011 signed trio of receivers that include Devon Blackmon and Tacoi Sumler. Lots of hype surrounds these three. Kelley had a strong spring game scoring a touchdown and off-season workouts sound positive for him. That said look for Kelley to see action on special teams and find his way onto the field on offense here and there. A solid year would be 10-15 catches for 200-300 yards and a few scores.
25 - Boseko Lokombo - JR Linebacker
6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Abbotsford, B.C./W.J. Mouat HS
What they did prior to 2012: Tacoma News Tribune 'Northwest Nuggets' Honorable mention. Tacoma News Tribune Northwest 100 selection. Had 47 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. Ran for 1,556 yards and 22 touchdowns while catching 37 balls for 728 yards on offense. Arrived to Eugene in 2009 and was redshirted. Selected scout team defensive player of the week against Cal. Special teams player of the week against Purdue. In 2013 Lokombo played in all 13 games and was tenth on the team in tackles with 36. Tied for first in the Pac-10 with three fumble recoveries. Team-high five tackles against New Mexico in his first game. Recovered first career fumble against Portland State. In 2011 he was Oregon's top back-up linebacker. Recorded 33 total tackles in 14 games. Made two interceptions and returned both for touchdowns, tying a UO single-season record. Earned honorable mention CFPA LB of the week following Stanford week. Forced his first career fumble against Arizona. Career-long interception return of 67 yards against Nevada, for a score.
What we expect in 2012:Lokombo had played a ton his first two years and you wonder if he really does have two years left of college football. With the experience earned in his first two years there shouldn't be any learning curve as a starter in 2012. Look for Lokombo to be one of the Pac-12's more athletic linebackers and one of Oregon's best defensive players. Should have a very good year with the talent surrounding him. All-Pac-12 is very possible.