Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks squared off against a familiar face turned foe Saturday evening. 

Cameron Scarlett, Stanford’s starting running back, is a name that might sound familiar. 

Let’s jog your memory:

Scarlett is a fifth-year senior at Stanford. Before arriving on campus for his undergraduate studies, Scarlett played high school football under Steve Pyne at Central Catholic High School in Portland, OR where he earned accolades such as two-time all-conference and two-time all-state and led his team to pair of state and league titles. In addition to the 4,831 career all-purpose yards, 54 career touchdowns, in a high school career that was cut short due to injury, Scarlett lettered in football, track and field, basketball and swimming. His football accomplishments were enough to earn him Oregon’s top-ranked recruit by Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and PrepStar.

It’s in the family, too. His dad, Paul, ran track at BYU, his brother Brennan is an outside linebacker for the Houston Texans. 

Scarlett saw his most action on the field for the Cardinal last season, where he played in 13 games, starting two of them. He earned his undergraduate degree in science, technology and society, and this year, while he works to earn his Master’s Degree in Media Studies, Scarlett has been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list, which honors the top running back in college football. 

In most likely his final game facing his “hometown team,” Scarlett rushed for 97 yards, which ties a career-high. 

“There’s some extra energy,” Scarlett told NBCSNW postgame. “This is definitely a game I hold close to my heart.”


Scarlett said he stays in contact with fellow Central Catholic alumni, Oregon senior outside linebacker La'Mar Winston and junior safety Brady Breeze, although, they were radio silent this week leading up to the game.

The Oregon Ducks defense held their opponent without a touchdown for a third straight game, the first time since 1935 to have made such an accomplishment. And while the Ducks staved off Scarlett’s rushing attack, head coach David Shaw is encouraged by his starting running back’s effort and progression.

“He showed what kind of back he can be,” Shaw said after Stanford’s 21-6 loss to No. 16 Oregon. “Physical, quick, tough-- I thought he played really well.”

It is the first time the Stanford Cardinal have lost three straight games under David Shaw. 

“I just want to win every game,” Scarlett said. “Every loss is the same — disappointing.”

“We need to move onto the next and start stacking some wins.”

Up next for the Cardinal, Scarlett will have another crack at his other hometown team, as Stanford gears up to take on the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis on September 28th.