Oregon's greatest college athlete: Round of 64, Day 3 – OregonLive.com
The Oregonian/OregonLive is officially kicking off its Oregon’s Greatest Athlete contest, and we’d like your help to help us decide who is the best.
We’ve put together 64 of the best athletes to play sports at any college or university in Oregon, organized them into a tournament bracket and will now rely on our readers to either move athletes through or eliminate them.
The bios of our third set of 16 performers, headlined by No. 1 overall seed Steve Prefontaine, are below. Read through their accomplishments during their collegiate careers in Oregon, and vote for who you think should move on to the next round.
Voting for this round will close Friday night, so get your votes in as soon as you can.
Today’s matchups are as follows:
(1) Marcus Mariota vs (16) DeeDee Arnall
(8) Kellen Clemens vs (9) Brent Barry
(5) Bill Enyart vs (12) Scott Brosius
(4) Dave Wilcox vs (13) Mike Stutes
(6) Jess Lewis vs (11) Ad Rutschman
(3) Nick Symmonds vs (14) Kevin Boss
(7) Michael Walter vs (10) Terrell Brandon
(2) Dick Fosbury vs (15) Luke Ridnour
No. 1 – Marcus Mariota, Oregon
The University of Oregon’s only Heisman Trophy winner won 36 games as a quarterback in his three seasons, the most in school history. He was the Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation player of the year, and he won the Maxwell Award his senior year. In addition, he was the Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Gold Arm Award winner. He finished his career at Oregon with 10,796 passing yards, 105 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and an efficiency rating of 171.8. On the ground, Mariota rushed for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns. He led the Ducks to the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship game against Ohio State, and a victory in the College Football Playoff Semifinals against Florida State. He was a three-time unanimous first-team all-American, the second in Ducks history. He was the first quarterback in Pac-12 history to be named first-team all-conference three seasons in a row.
No. 16 – DeeDee Arnall, Pacific
Arnall was arguably the best female performer in Pacific history and is one of only two athletes in school history to be named an All-American in two sports: basketball and track and field. A three-time All-Northwest Conference selection in basketball, Arnall was named as a Third Team All-American by D3Hoops.com in 2006. She left Pacific as the career record holder in scoring average (17.8 points per game), free throws made (409) and free throws attempted (597), ranks second on the all-time scoring list (1,571) and seventh on the all-time rebounding list (701). She also set single season records for free throws made (133) and attempted (179).
In track and field, Arnall was a four-time All-NWC selection in the javelin, winning the NWC title in 2003, 2004 and 2006. The Pacific and conference record holder in the event (154 feet, 6 inches), Arnall earned All-America honors in 2004 and 2006 after finishing in the top-three at the NCAA Division III Championships, including a second place finish in 2006. Arnall won the prestigious Ad Rutschman Award in 2005, honoring the top small college student-athlete in Oregon. In addition to her athletic achievements, Arnall was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Team in 2005 and 2006 and the Academic All-America Women’s Track & Field Team in 2006
No. 8 – Kellen Clemens, Oregon
Clemens played football at the University of Oregon and started all 13 games his sophomore season. Clemens finished his career at Oregon with 7,555 passing yards. The New York Jets selected Clemens with the 49th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. After five seasons with the Jets, Clemens signed a one-year contract with Washington. He spent part of the 2011 season with the Houston Texans until he was waived and then claimed by the St. Louis Rams. The San Diego Chargers signed Clemens to a two-year contract in March 2014.
No. 9 – Brent Barry, Oregon State
He was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection after his senior season when he averaged 21 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game. For his career, Barry averages 12.1 points per game and 3.3 assists. He was a career .794 foul shooter and .345 3-point shooter while at Oregon State. He was the 15th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.
No. 5 – Bill Enyart, Oregon State
Enyart grew up in Medford where he was a star at Medford High. He helped Medford win the state championship as a sophomore in 1962. Enyart played four years of football at Oregon State, earning first-team All-Pac-8 Conference honors in 1967 and 1968 and first-team All-America honors in 1968. As a senior in 1968, Enyart set a school record with 1,304 rushing yards. As a fullback at Oregon State he earned the named “Earthquake” and put together one of the most impressive streaks in Beavers’ football history in 1967. In three straight weeks, Enyart led the Beavers to a win over No. 2 Purdue, a tie against No. 2 UCLA and a victory over O.J. Simpson and No. 1-ranked USC. He was selected in the second round of the AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. Enyart remained with the Bills after the NFL merger in 1970 and played for the Raiders in 1971 before leaving professional football. He is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Oregon State Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
No. 12 – Scott Brosius, Linfield
In three seasons at Linfield, he hit .332 with 14 home runs and 77 runs batted in. During his junior season in 1987, he hit .348 and set Linfield single-season records for most at-bats, hits and RBI. He received recognition on the NAIA all-Area, all-District and all-Northwest Conference teams, and was a honorable mention NAIA All-American. He left Linfield after his junior season after being selected by the Oakland A’s in the 20th round of the 1987 MLB Draft. He played 11 seasons in the Majors with Oakland and New York. He won three World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Brosius was a Golden Glove award recipient, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, and played in the 1998 All-Star Game.
No. 4 – Dave Wilcox, Oregon
Dave Wilcox was born in 1942 in Ontario, Ore., before attending Vale High School in 1960. After Vale, Wilcox enrolled at Boise Junior College to play football where he earned junior college All-America honors. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Oregon after two seasons. Wilcox helped lead the Ducks to their first bowl game in 47 seasons, with a 21-14 victory over SMU in the Sun Bowl. He then participated in the Hula Bowl, and the All-American bowl game and received the game’s MVP award. The San Francisco 49ers selected Wilcox with the 29th overall pick of the 1964 NFL Draft. The defensive lineman turned linebacker played his 11-year professional career in San Francisco. Wilcox was selected to play in seven Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL five times and All-NFC three times. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
No. 13 – Mike Stutes, Oregon State
Stutes was an integral part of Oregon State’s 2006 and 2007 national championship teams on the hill. He earned the win in the 2007 College World Series championship game against North Carolina, throwing 5 ⅓ innings with five strikeouts and three walks. In his senior year of 2008, Stutes struck out 81 batters in 88 innings of work, and in 2007 was one of five pitchers to combine for a no-hitter against Hawaii-Hilo in the team’s season opener. He was drafted after his junior year in the ninth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, but couldn’t come to a deal. After his senior season, he was the first Beaver taken in the 2008 MLB Draft in the 11th round by Philadelphia.
No. 6 – Jess Lewis, Oregon State
Lewis was a two-sport star for the Beavers in the late 60s. Lewis won two NCAA wrestling championships and had a combined 76-1 record in three seasons. He didn’t lose a match after his loss in the 1968 NCAA heavyweight title bout. The following spring, he made the 1968 Olympic Team that competed in Mexico City.
On the gridiron, Lewis was an all-American defensive tackle and was part of the 1967 “Giant Killers” team that defeated No. 1 USC and No. 2 Purdue. The Beavers finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers, and played for them for one season.
No. 11 – Ad Rutschman, Linfield
A legendary football and baseball coach at Linfield, Rutschman was also one of the Wildcats’ most prolific running backs. Rutschman rushed for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons in 1952 and 1953. He had his best year in ’53 with 1,237 yards on 180 carries, topping his year in ’52 with 1,127 yards on 174 carries. His mark in ’53 is third all-time in Linfield history.
No. 3 – Nick Symmonds, Willamette
If Symmonds ran an 800-meter race against you while he was a Bearcat, chances are all you saw was the back of his jersey.
Symmonds won four NCAA Division III championships in the 800, and never lost a race in his career from 2003-06. He also picked up three Division III championships in the 1,500 meters in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He holds school records in the 400 (48.15 seconds), 800 (1:45.83) and 1,500 (3:40.91). His 800 time is the fastest in Division II history, and his 1,500 time is the third-fastest. He qualified for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic team, and is a five-time U.S. champion in the 800. He won a silver medal in the 2013 World Championships in the 800.
No. 14 – Kevin Boss, Western Oregon
Boss was a three-year starter at tight end for NCAA Division II Western Oregon. He started 11 games at tight end his senior year in 2005, picking up first-team All-American, All-Region and All-GNAC honors. He finished second on the team with a career-high 53 receptions for 621 yards (11.7 avg) and eight touchdowns. In 27 games with the hoops squad, Boss averaged 3.5 points per game, pulled down 90 rebounds and led the Wolves with seventeen blocked shots.
In 33 games at Western Oregon, Kevin started 31 times. He made 134 catches for 1,590 yards (11.9 avg) and 19 touchdowns. He was credited with five solo tackles, recovered a pair of fumbles and gained 13 yards on one punt return.
He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
No. 7 – Michael Walter, Oregon
Michael Walter, a graduate of Sheldon High School, was born in Salem and played football collegiately for the University of Oregon. He played high school football for just one year, but still became one of the Ducks’ best-ever defensive ends. He won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, and was moved to inside linebacker. He led the 49ers in tackles for three seasons.
No. 10 – Terrell Brandon, Oregon
Brandon was born in Portland, attended Grant High School, played collegiately at the University of Oregon and played professionally for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves during an 11-year NBA career. The 5-foot-11 point guard made two NBA All-Star teams, and was named the Pac-10’s Player of the Year in 1991. Brandon helped Grant win the 1988 Class AAA championship.
No. 2 – Dick Fosbury, Oregon State
Fosbury, who was born in Portland, won the 1968 NCAA high jump championship for Oregon State using what was then a revolutionary technique in which he went over the bar backward — a technique he started using at Medford High School. By the time he won the gold medal in Mexico City, the technique was known as the “Fosbury Flop.” Enthusiastic Mexican fans chanted “Ole” every time Fosbury cleared. Now, virtually all elite high jumpers use the flop. An engineering student at OSU, Fosbury became a civil engineer in Ketchum, Idaho.
No. 15 – Luke Ridnour, Oregon
Ridnour helped the Ducks reach the Elite Eight in the 2002 NCAA basketball tournament, and was named the Pac-10 player of the year and the Pac-10 tournament MVP. He set the school season record for assists (218) and made a conference-record 62 consecutive free throws. Ridnour helped the Ducks get to the NCAA tournament twince in three seasons as the team’s point guard. He averaged 19.7 points and 6.6 assists per game in 2002, and was the 14th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics.