The Oregon Ducks backfield will look a tad different in 2021.
The three-headed monster featuring CJ Verdell, Travis Dye and Cyrus Habibi-Likio that Duck fans have witnessed the last three seasons will be missing a head next season.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio, who announced on January 23 that he was entering the NCAA transfer portal, has decided on his destination: Boise State.
Habibi-Likio will follow former Oregon Ducks defensive coordinator turned Broncos head coach Andy Avalos and former Oregon assistant director of player personnel/player development turned Broncos Chief of Staff Da'vell Winters to Idaho.
In 2020, Habibi-Likio recorded 19 carries for 26 yards and four touchdowns. In three seasons as as Duck, the former four-star prospect ran the ball 144 times for 409 yards and 21 touchdowns, serving primarily as the goalline back.
His best career game came up in Seattle against Washington in 2019 where he finished with 14 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also made arguably the highlight play of the game by hurdling a Husky defender.
The junior running back has two years of eligibility remaining, should head coach Andy Avalos grant the last year (which likely was part of the recruiting pitch to entice him to join the Bronco family). This means he will not be on the field when Oregon and Boise State begin their home-and-home-and-home series in 2025 but Habibi-Likio can get one more win at Reser Stadium against Oregon State in 2022.
On Tuesday, the 6’1”, 215-pound back announced his top three transfer destinations: Wisconsin, Cal and Boise State, before declaring the next morning he would be a Bronco.