FALL CAMP 2014 – OREGON SAFETY ERICK DARGAN EMBRACES HIS ROLE AS LAST LINE OF DEFENSE – "Whatever I Can Do to Help My Team Win"
For Oregon free safety Erick Dargan, the old adage ‘ taking a road less traveled’ is most certainly applicable. The 5’11 – 210 lb senior from Pittsburg, California has risen through the Duck football ranks through his physical play and ability to stand out as a top performer in special teams play. In 2012, Dargan embraced his role on special teams, however due to player injuries and to his benefit he found himself as a starter in the final three games of the season and proved his value in that role. For those with a short memory, Dargan grabbed three interceptions in those final three games – two of them coming in the 35-17 Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State. In 2013, Dargan was expected to have a breakout season for the Ducks however off the field issues and a two game suspension in the final month of the season somewhat tarnished his accomplishments. Fast forward to 2014 and this years fall camp and Dargan has by all accounts become a more focused player and vocal leader. “Erick Dargan has done a tremendous job of evolving from a guy who’s played a lot, but never really been the starter, to being a guy you would think on the field he’s been starting for two years” explained first year defensive coordinator Don Pellum when asked about Dargan’s progress. “He has the presence,…he has the command,…he does a great job of leading and organizing the other DB’s…he’s really stepped his game up.”