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The Countdown: 9 Days Until Oregon Football Opens Season

Let’s take it back with a little LeGarrette Blount

Arizona State v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

Oregon football is just nine days away from kicking off the 2017 season vs Southern Utah at Autzen Stadium.

If you’ve been following us on Instagram @eugene_levys_eyebrows, then you’ve been counting down the Duck players of past and present this summer.

We started at No. 99 with Canton Kaumatule and it’s almost hard to believe we’re nine days away from opening day.

The former Pittsburgh Steeler and champion New England Patriot, Blount now finds himself in Chip Kelly’s old stomping grounds of Philadelphia. The former Duck running back is entering his eighth season in the NFL.

Rose Bowl - Ohio State v Oregon
Blount and his teammates watch Ohio State score a touchdown in the 96th Rose Bowl game in 2010. The running back was joined on the sideline by quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli (No. 9) and Darron Thomas (No. 10), alongside defensive end Tyrell Irvin (No. 33).
Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Let’s take a look at nine interesting facts from No. 9 himself, LeGarrette Blount:

  • We all remember that night in Boise to start the 2009 season. Regardless, Blount played in just two more contests after the opener before his Oregon career ended. He scored two total TD’s in '09, including one vs Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl
  • Blount oddly opened his career vs rival Washington during the season opener of 2008. Following his 21-yard debut performance, he amassed 132 yards and 131 yards on the ground in his next two games. Blount averaged 11.9 YPC in the latter
  • After the ‘09 season in Eugene, Blount signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. However, he ended up playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his rookie season of 2010
  • He totaled 11 rushing TD’s in his first two years but slowed down in his third season. Between his final season in Tampa Bay (2) and his first season with the Patriots (7), Blount registered 9 rushing scores
  • Amid his first season with Oregon, Blount helped the Ducks to their 9th win of the season in 2008 vs Oregon State in the Civil War. The running back secured 116 rushing yards and a TD in the 65-38 annihilation
  • During the ‘08 campaign, Blount attempted 9 rushes in two separate games. In the Ducks loss to USC, the running back was stuffed on all 9 attempts for a total of 0 yards. However, against Arizona weeks later Blount rushed for 75 yards and a score on 9 attempts in an Oregon victory
  • The Floridian finished 9th in the Pac-10 in rush attempts (137) during the ‘08 season
  • While wearing the No. 29 for the New England Patriots last season, Blount led the world champions in rushing with a career-high 1,161 yards on the ground, including a NFL-best 18 rushing TD. He averaged 18.7 rush attempts per contest for Bill Belichick
  • Did you know Blount doubled the production of former Duck running back Jonathan Stewart in 2016? His 18 scores were 9 more than the other great former Duck RB

Thursday we will feature the No. 8 of you know who. Keep calm, the Ducks are just eight days away from a new beginning.

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