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ATQ's "20 in 20": #7 - Max Unger

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ATQ's 20 best players of the last 20 years continues with Max Unger who embodied consistency and excellence while starting all four years on the offensive line.

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Like many Oregon recruits Unger wasn't the most hyped player coming in but eventually became one of the best Ducks in memory.  Unger was a 3-star recruit from Hawaii that would go on to start for four years on the offensive line.

Unger made a splash early being voted to the First-Team Freshman All-American list and started 12 straight games.  In 2006 Unger was voted Second-Team All-Conference and was voted Oregon's top offensive lineman.

His junior year was when Unger made the jump to the best player in the country at his position.  He was named a First-Team All-American center after moving from left tackle and the team Offensive Player of the Week Award twice.

What the awards and statistics don't necessarily show is just how big of an improvement the offensive line experienced during Unger's time at Oregon.  In 2004 Oregon allowed 41 sacks.  When Unger started as a freshman the number of sacks decreased to 20.

The Oregon offenses that destroyed rushing records and began to push the limits of what was expected from spread offenses was led by Unger.  The offensive line did a lot of the heavy lifting for the running backs in rotation by opening up monster holes you could drive a car through.  During his time at Oregon, Unger was the embodiment of excellence and consistency.  As fans, we knew wherever Max Unger lined up didn't need to be worried about because he had everything under control.

The Seattle Seahawks drafted Unger in the second round in 2009.  He is currently the Seahawks' starting center and helped the team to a Super Bowl Championship last year.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kenny Wheaton's cutback into history and the 1994 Rose Bowl team, Addicted to Quack is counting down the top 20 football Ducks of the last 20 years. Our list so far...

#20 - Walter Thurmond III
#19 - Casey Matthews
#18 - Keenan Howry
#17 - Chad Cota
#16 - De'Anthony Thomas
#15 - Patrick Chung
#14 - Darron Thomas
#13 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
#12 - Jeff Maehl
#11 - Nick Reed
#10 - Kenjon Barner
#9 - Alex Molden