Calvin Throckmorton

Calvin Throckmorton delivers this powerful statement on Fourth of July

Calvin Throckmorton delivers this powerful statement on Fourth of July

While protests against police brutality and racial oppression took place in the United States over the holiday weekend, Calvin Throckmorton took to social media on Fourth of July to deliver a powerful message.

The former Oregon offensive tackle drew attention to Independence Day and used the holiday to remind his followers that true sovereignty has yet to be achieved for all.  

This 4th of July it is important that we all recognize that not all those who call this country their home have the same freedom. Our brothers and sisters of color continue to suffer from systemic oppression that has existed since and before our country became “free.” 

I stand with all those who are oppressed and will fight with them until we may all benefit from the same freedoms together. – Calvin Throckmorton 

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The powerful statement was retweeted by many current and former Oregon student-athletes including Troy Dye and Satou Sabally.  

Oregon football head coach Mario Cristobal shared the post with the comments, “purpose driven & powerful statement.”

Throckmorton is usually a pretty quiet guy on social media, but this was a matter the New Orleans Saints offensive tackle refused to stay quiet about. 

And he’s not the only one. 

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard recently told NBCSNW that he believes it’s crucial for conversations around current social injustice movements to continue. 

The All-Star point guard, who has attended a Black Lives Matter march in Portland, says the NBA has a real opportunity to use its platform to advance discussions around social and racial injustices as play resumes in Orlando this month. 

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Oregon OL Calvin Throckmorton one of PFF’s top UDFA signings

Oregon OL Calvin Throckmorton one of PFF’s top UDFA signings

Calvin Throckmorton waited for three days to hear his name called during the 2020 NFL Draft, but it wasn’t until after the draft concluded that the former Oregon offensive lineman got the call.

Throckmorton, an NFL Combine invite, as well as Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl participant, was scooped up by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent.

Behind Washington tight end Hunter Bryant and Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon, Pro Football Focus ranks Throckmorton the third-best UDFA signing.

More from PFF’s Ben Linsey on Throckmorton:

You don’t want to overreact to NFL Combine performances, but Throckmorton’s was really bad. That lack of athleticism was likely a driver in his fall and may limit him to center in the NFL. There are a lot of things to like with Throckmorton, though. He played tackle, guard and center in the Oregon offense as a four-year starter. That’s about as good as you’re going to get from an experience standpoint. He’s also graded well with pass-blocking grades above 85.0 in each of the past three years and overall grades above 70.0 all four years as a starter. It’s a solid depth signing for the Saints, a team that had just four draft picks last week.

During his time at Oregon, Throckmorton started four different positions on the Ducks offensive line and played 3,653 career snaps. He earned career grades of 83.8 overall, 91.2 pass block, and 80.2 in run block, according to PFF

Throckmorton will make a pretty penny with the Saints. His contract includes a base salary with $110,000 guaranteed and a $12,500 signing bonus, per Nick Underhill of the Saints.

He may have been one of three Ducks left on the Big Board, but Throckmorton will get his chance to make an impact in the NFL. He may very well be one of the Saints draft gems. 

2020 NFL Draft: Oregon OT Calvin Throckmorton

2020 NFL Draft: Oregon OT Calvin Throckmorton

Calvin Throckmorton

Position: Tackle
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 317

Hands: 9 1/2"

Arms: 32 1/2"

Wingspan: 77 7/8

NFL Combine results:

40 yard dash: 5.57 seconds

Bench press: 23 reps

Vertical Jump: 27.0 inches 

Broad Jump: 97.0 inches

3 Cone Drill: 8.07 seconds

20 Yd Shuttle: 4.98 seconds

Overview

Recently named “the biggest sleeper at the offensive tackle position” by Bleacher Report, Throckmorton has shown versatility at Oregon with 38 consecutive starts at every position on the O-Line except left guard.

He has proven to be reliable pass protector, not allowing a single sack in 1,105 snaps. Throckmorton was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 and third All-American by the Associated Press at the end of his collegiate career.

Throckmorton lined up at guard and center during the East-West Shrine game. Reports suggest the 310-pounder received attention from both the Bills and Falcons during interview sessions.

Throckmorton has the highest career pass block grade of all offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft, per PFF.

Draft projections

Scouting reports suggest Throckmorton has mid-round potential and will likely go in the 3rd to 4th rounds.

Strengths

- Well-rounded blocker
- Solid technique on the edge and the interior
- Experience and versatility

Weaknesses

- Notable tightness in hips
- Needs to improve flexibility
- Footwork needs improvement

Social media workouts

NFL Combine profile: Oregon OL Calvin Throckmorton

NFL Combine profile: Oregon OL Calvin Throckmorton

Calvin Throckmorton

Position: Tackle
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bellevue, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6'5

Weight: 317

Hand: 9 4/8"

Arm: 32 4/8

Wingspan: 77 7/8

Bench press: 23 reps

Overview

Recently named “the biggest sleeper at the offensive tackle position” by Bleacher Report, Throckmorton has shown versatility at Oregon with 38 consecutive starts at every position on the O-Line except left guard.

He has proven to be reliable pass protector, not allowing a single sack in 1,105 snaps. Throckmorton was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 and third All-American by the Associated Press at the end of his collegiate career.

Throckmorton lined up at guard and center during the East-West Shrine game. Reports suggest the 310-pounder received attention from both the Bills and Falcons during interview sessions.

Throckmorton has the highest career pass block grade of all offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft, per PFF.

Draft projections

Scouting reports suggest Throckmorton has mid-round potential and will likely go in the 3rd to 4th rounds.

Strengths

- Well-rounded blocker
- Solid technique on the edge and the interior
- Experience and versatility

Weaknesses

- Notable tightness in hips
- Needs to improve flexibility
- Footwork needs improvement

Social media workouts

Here's Throckmorton, live from the NFL Combine himself: 

Three Ducks named to AP All-American teams

Three Ducks named to AP All-American teams

The Associated Press released its All-America teams on Monday and three Oregon Ducks made the list.

Left tackle Penei Sewell earned AP First-Team All-American, making him the eighth consensus All-American in Oregon football history. Sewell also earned first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and FWAA. The sophomore also became the first player in Oregon history to win the Outland Trophy and just the third Pac-12 player to do so since 1999.

Left guard Shane Lemieux was named to the AP All-American Second Team and right tackle Calvin Throckmorton was named to the AP All-American Third Team. The seniors each made 51 consecutive starts.

Sewell (4), Lemieux (2) and Throckmorton (2) combined to win the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week award eight times during the regular season. Washington State was the only other team to win the award more than once.

Numbers to know: Oregon vs. Washington State

Numbers to know: Oregon vs. Washington State

Oregon hosts Washington State in a Pac-12 After Dark special at 7:30 p.m., Saturday in Autzen Stadium. 

The No. 11 Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) look to stay atop the Pac-12 North Division, while the Cougars (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) are coming off their first conference win, defeating Colorado 41-10 in a strong offensive showing. 

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know to be the fan dropping knowledge at the tailgate:

HOME DOMINANCE

In Autzen Stadium, Oregon has outscored its four opponents 174-19. The Ducks have allowed only one touchdown in 53 drives by its opponents.

LEACHISM

After WSU’s victory against Colorado, Coach Mike Leach looked ahead to the “tough” Ducks and referred to Autzen Stadium as a “great looking stadium that looks like Middle Earth”on the WSU postgame radio show.

Middle-earth is the fictional setting of British writer J. R. R. Tolkien's books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

COUGS ARE STREAKING

The Cougars have won the last four meetings with Oregon including a 34-20 victory in Pullman last season. WSU has left Autzen victorious the past two seasons: 45-38 (OT) in 2015 and 33-10 in 2017. Oregon has never lost to WSU five-straight times.

IT’S JOHNNY JOHNSON III’S TIME

Junior wide receiver Johnny Johnson led the Ducks vs. Washington with 90 receiving yards and five receptions, all which resulted in a first down. His 30 catches this season is already more than his sophomore season total (17) and freshman season total (21).

CAREER HIGHS GALORE

Sophomore running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio has scored six rushing touchdowns in the last three games. He has set a new career high in each of the past three games. Against Washington, all 81 of his rushing yards came in the second half.

FROM PULLMAN TO EUGENE

Four members of the Oregon coaching staff have ties to the Washington State football program: Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Joe Salave'a coached the WSU defensive line (2012-16), Linebackers coach Ken Wilson coached the WSU linebackers (2013-18), running backs coach Jim Mastro coached the WSU running backs (2012-17) and offensive analyst David Gilbertson was a WSU quarterback (2009-12).

AERIAL ATTACK

WSU leads the country in passing (440.7 yards per game), is 4th in total offense (532.7 yards per game) and 8th in scoring (42.7 points per game). Quarterback Anthony Gordon has 2,981 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

INSANE RATIO

Oregon senior offensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton has allowed just one sack over last 38 games (2,766 snaps). In his 45th consecutive start, Throckmorton earned Pac-12 Conference offensive lineman of week for his performance against Washington on Saturday.

THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE AUTZEN

A win on Saturday night would mark Oregon's eighth-straight win at Autzen Stadium, good for the longest streak since a 10-game run from 2013 into 2014. A victory would improve Oregon to 11-1 at Autzen Stadium under coach Mario Cristobal.

A WIN WOULD…

Give Oregon its first seven-game Pac-12 win streak since 2014. It’d also be Oregon’s first 5-0 start to Pac-12 play since 2013.


Oregon upperclassmen teaching Washington rivalry legacy to young Ducks

Oregon upperclassmen teaching Washington rivalry legacy to young Ducks

The Ducks will be walking into a tempestuous and unruly sea of purple at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday.

No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) looks to stay atop the Pac-12 Conference North Division and beat rival No. 25 Washington (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) in the rain and toughest road environment UO will face this season.

Of the 70,083 fans expected at the 112th meeting between the Northwest foes, at least 20 of them will be Washington fans converted to Oregon fans.

Senior offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, who graded out as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-12 Conference in 2018, is from Bellevue, Wash. Although he grew up as a Husky fan just a stones throw away from Seattle (13.7 miles to be exact), Throckmorton chose to play for UO over UW, converting 20 of his family members to green and yellow in the process.

The legacy and history of the Oregon-Washington rivalry is as important to Throckmorton as anyone. The senior knows preparation is the key to a win over the Huskies in his final season.

“It comes down to controlled aggression,” Throckmorton said. “Letting that passion and the pageantry of the rivalry give you that little bit of juice to start the game. But, you have to use that in the right way. It can’t come out as raw emotion, it has to come out as controlled aggression.”

Tigard, Oregon-native tight end Ryan Bay has a different perspective. As an Oregonian who grew up cheering on the Ducks against the Huskies, Bay says the opportunity to contribute on Saturday makes the game even more meaningful.

“It’s all about pride,” Bay said.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior joined the Ducks as a walk-on in 2015, worked his way to play in all 13 games in 2018 and will likely see an increase in workload this Saturday with the season-ending injury to starter Jacob Breeland.

Bay has done his part to educate and inform the younger Ducks about the bitter rivalry with UW.

“(The underclassmen) will learn quick. The Ducks and the Huskies, we are going to go at it and it’s going to be a fun game. Two tough, physical teams… It’s a battle for the northwest. They are starting to catch on.”

The Ducks won’t change much as they head to Seattle. Oregon plans to focus on its strengths that have translated to wins. 

Oregon's defense has dominated all season, but will face its toughest test against a Huskies team that just put up 51 points in a win at Arizona. Also, Washington reloaded on defense and has one of the best turnover margins in the nation: scored 11 times off 13 turnovers.

Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said it best, "Washington is true to form. Tough, physical, great coaches, great players. A real aggressive scheme that is fundamentally sound… A pretty quintessential Chris Petersen team."

The Huskies need a win over the Ducks to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. Leading tackler, defensive back Myles Bryant is excited for the rivalry game.

"It's always fun,” Bryant told UW reporters. “I feel like games like this you get the best from both sides, so guys prepare hard, guys play hard. Whenever you get that feeling from both teams I feel like it's pretty fun."

Can Oregon take the reigns from a Washington squad who has won the conference two of the last three seasons? It’ll be a Pac-12 North battle between two rivals who must balance the fine line between playing with emotions and letting emotions play them.

Talkin' with the Ducks: Oregon's offensive line dinners are legendary

Talkin' with the Ducks: Oregon's offensive line dinners are legendary

Welcome into a new running NBC Sports Northwest feature; Talkin’ with the Ducks. Joining us on the second edition is the top-ranked guard in the Pac-12 Conference, senior Shane Lemieux. The video above is part one, where we dive into Lemieux's perspective on quarterback Justin Herbert. 

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Oregon's 2019 offensive line has been pegged to be one of the best, if not THE best, in the nation. Lemieux,  who has started 38 straight games at left guard, says Ducks fans should expect a "nastier, tougher more versatile”  line this season.

Something you may not know about the position group is that they have a dinner together every week. These "O-Line Dinners" have become legendary in Eugene and buffets won't allow them in. 

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Wrinkles coming for a more reliable running game at Oregon

Wrinkles coming for a more reliable running game at Oregon

Eugene is buzzing with hooting and hollering Ducks anxious for the 2019 football season. Coach Mario Cristobal walked out of Oregon’s first spring football practice with a smile you could see across the snow spotted Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

“You missed a heck of a time in there,” Cristobal said as he walked up to the media scrum. “It got pretty competitive… It was good to see that kind of juice, energy and crossover enthusiasm. Guys from the defense would go to the offensive guys and say ‘that was a tremendous play but I’m coming after you next play.’”

Entering into his second full season as head coach, Cristobal knows that Oregon’s running game must improve and plans to start making changes this spring.

Last season, the Ducks inability to run the ball was apparent. Oregon rushed for only 37 yards on 1.4 per carry in the Red Box Bowl versus Michigan State.  Granted, MSU had the top rushing defense in the nation, but the Spartans were allowing 76 per game, not 37.

Oregon struggled on the ground in its transition to a physical, between-the-tackles style, finishing the season with the 191 rushing yards per game, the least amount for this program since 2006.

The good news? The Ducks return the entire starting offensive line and both leading rushers in CJ Verdell and Travis Dye.

The better news? Cristobal has a rushing attack plan that will be implemented this spring. His plan begins with strengthening blocking schemes and fundamentals and putting an emphasis on the tight ends. Cristobal is also adding new concepts to the run game this spring: the shotgun, pistol and under center, which he believes will “add a wrinkle” to the offense.

Cristobal will be executing his hard-pounding vision with a weapon in his back pocket, or rather, up front; The Ducks boast one of the most veteran offensive lines in the country, entering 2019 with 153 career starts.

Which is a dream come true for the former Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman and Alabama line coach.

“You spend sometimes an entire career trying to get to this moment where you have a group of guys that have played so many snaps together they know what each other are thinking,” Cristobal said.

Cristobal explained that he believes if seniors Shane Lemiuex and Jake Hanson were on opposite sides of the complex, they could telepathically tell what the other one wanted for lunch. They’ve spent so much time together that they could tell by the way the other is walking if they were going to get an omelet or not.

Whether it’s reading minds or reading a defense, Oregon’s success in 2019 is undoubtedly linked to its desperate need of a reliable run game.

Oregon football slighted on All-Pac-12 Conference Team

Oregon football slighted on All-Pac-12 Conference Team

Oregon senior defensive lineman Jalen Jelks and junior all-purpose/special team player Brenden Schooler have been named first-team All-Pac-12 Conference. Nine other Ducks earned either second-team or honorable mention honors. Pac-12 head coaches vote on the teams.   

There are four slights I’d like to bring your attention to.

1. Quarterback Justin Herbert, a projected first round NFL draft pick, is NOT one of the 11 Oregon players that made the cut.

The junior completed 59.6 percent of his passes during the regular season for 2,985 yards with 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has a touchdown pass in 28 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation, and his 28 touchdown passes on the year are tied for the 10th most in the country.

Yet, he wasn’t considered one of the best three quarterbacks in the conference.

The All Pac-12 team features Washington State’s Gardner Minshew as first team quarterback, Stanford’s KJ Costello on second team and honorable mention went to Washington’s Jake Browning.

2. Calvin Throckmorton, the versatile offensive lineman that ranks as the third best tackle in the country and best in Pac-12 conference, according to Pro Football Focus, was an honorable mention selection.

In 2,232 snaps and 30 games, the junior has allowed just one sack. This season, he has played four positions (right tackle, left tackle, left guard and center) to help lead the UO offense to finishing second in the conference in points, second in rushing and fourth in passing.

3. Dillon Mitchell, who leads the Pac-12 with 69 receptions for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns, was selected to the second team.

The 6-foot-2, 189-pound junior had one of the best seasons a Duck receiver has ever had. He leads all FBS players with six 100-yard receiving games in conference play. Roughly 40 percent of Herbert’s 175 completions in Pac-12 play have been to Mitchell.

Mitchell is 27 receiving yards, nine receptions and three touchdowns away from breaking UO single-season records for each category.

Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry and Colorado’s Laviska Shenault were the first-team wide receivers.

4. Ugo Amadi made it known he felt robbed after being named honorable mention. Amadi, a senior, was one of two FBS players with an interception return touchdown and a punt return touchdown this season.

https://twitter.com/UAmadi7_/status/1070066018293174272

Amadi led the conference with eight interceptions, averaged 16.5 yards over his 13 punt returns, and earned Pac-12 player of the week for special teams and defense.

Apparently, UO coach Mario Cristobal’s peers didn’t think too highly of the 2018 Oregon football team. Here is the full 2018 All-Pac-12 Conference Football Team.