Oregon football is just two 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 two days away from opening day.
Let’s take a look at two interesting facts about Oregon’s No. 2 T.J. Ward:
- During his incredible 2nd year with the Ducks, Ward led the Pac-10 in solo tackles with 64. Overall, he concluded his stellar 2008 season as No. 3 in the conference in total tackles (101). After completing his 3-year Duck career with 2 interceptions and 190 tackles overall, Ward was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 38th overall pick
- After four solid years with the Browns, Ward had only one season with under 50 total tackles and that was because he missed eight games with an injury in 2011. Nevertheless, the former Duck safety tied a career-high with two sacks and two interceptions in his first season with the Denver Broncos in 2014. Ward was selected to the Pro Bowl three times during his career. The first occurred during his last season in Cleveland. Meanwhile, he appeared at the Pro Bowl in each of his first 2 years in Denver’s dynamic defense. Amid his third season with the team, Ward helped guide the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 win vs the Carolina Panthers. During that 2015 Super Bowl vs Cam Newton, Ward elevated his game to the next level with four tackles, three assists, and one interception
Friday will feature the No. 1 spot of Oregon legends with our last of the 12-part series. Keep calm, the Ducks are just two days away from a new beginning.