At just 5’9 and 186 lbs, Oregon wide receiver Keanon Lowe is one tough customer when he puts on his Duck uniform and heads to the field.
Last Saturday against Washington State, Lowe leveled Cougar safety Deone Bucannon and took out a cornerback at the same time to spring teammate Thomas Tyner for a touchdown.
It was that block, and others like it, that’s directed the spotlight in Lowe’s direction when Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota discusses the current success his offense is having.
“He’s quietly probably one of the most important people on our team,” Mariota said this week.
“The way he blocks and the way he’s able to get open underneath. He does a great job of kind of being a steady force for us. He’s been so consistent.”
“They take shots on us,…” said Lowe this week when asked about his big block in the Washington State game.
“I know how DBs are,…so when I get my shots, I’m firing every time.”
Lowe has quietly become one of the better blockers on this Oregon football team and understands if you don’t block, you’re not going to play.
“You wont’ play at receiver here or get any reps if you can’t block first,” Lowe explained.
“That’s one of the first things that we’re taught here as a freshman coming in.”
Lowe chalks up his blocking skills to former wide receivers coach ( and current offensive coordinator ) Scott Frost along with former veterans Jeff Maehl, D. J Davis, Lavasier Tuinei and current teammate Josh Huff.
Lowe admits when he first arrived at Oregon, he wasn’t as physical as he is now, however he’s learned to be more physical which has led to his success.
“We take pride in ( blocking ) and we love when we rush for over 300, or 400, or whatever,” Lowe says.
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