Boseko Lokombo knew when he left Abbotsford for the University of Oregon last summer that it would take some time before he made an impact on the football field.
For the former W.J. Mouat Hawk gridiron sensation, it appears that time is now.
A handful of media outlets covering the U of Oregon Ducks have singled out the 6’3″ 223 pound redshirt freshman for his standout performances throughout training camp, which began on Aug. 9.
After not dressing for a single game and being assigned the tedious task of scout team linebacker at practice last season, Lokombo might not only be called upon this year to dress, but start for the Ducks when they kick off the 2010-2011 PAC-10 season on Sept. 4 against New Mexico.
“The first four or five days of camp, he picked off a ball every day,” Ducks linebacker coach Don Pellum told The Oregonian of Lokombo.
“And he got his hands on a lot of them. His athleticism is something we really need in this defence.”
The news that his former offensive and defensive standout might be given a shot at starting for the Ducks this year pleased Hawks head coach Denis Kelly.
“It shows that he’ll not only get good playing time this year, but also next year he’ll be one of the leaders,” said Kelly, adding Lokombo has also put himself into a position to get noticed by both NFL and CFL scouts.
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Interview with Boseko Lokombo after first week of fall camp.