Oregon Football

Breakout Candidates: No. 15

July 10, 2019

As I mentioned we are talking football these days and I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been kicking off a few series but this one might be my favorite. 

Obviously I had to put my full list together in order for me to release them backwards. I think I like how it took shape but we’ll see what you think in a couple of weeks. 

Up first is No. 15 however. I originally tried to do a top 10 but there were too many great candidates I would have had to leave off the list. So as such it expanded to a top 15 and away we go. 

No. 15 - Brandon Dorlus

Last Season: Signed with the 2019 class

Why He’s on the List:

It’s simple. He’s a rare breed of athlete for a guy his size. He could float probably just about anywhere on the defensive line and contribute. Which only adds to his value being versatile. 

Dorlus didn’t arrive early but I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for him. Also with Oregon implementing the stud position, that opens up another spot. Not that I see Dorlus playing the Stud, simply it might pull someone like DJ Johnson or Bryson Young out of a defensive end role and put them there, opening a spot for Dorlus.

I love his fast twitch speed off the edge and the fact he’s already in the 280-pound range. I don’t know that this is a sure-fire freshman that will burn his 4-game redshirt or not, but if he has a very strong Fall camp he could be a guy that becomes a regular part of the rotation.

Why Not:

Why wouldn’t Dorlus be a breakout guy in the end? It’s simple. He’s a true freshman coming into a position group that isn’t short on talent or experience. 

While I think Dorlus could end up being a really good one at Oregon for years to come, he might not even be the best end in his own class, there is that Kayvon Thibodeaux guy as well.

But again, his versatility will be of value. While Thibodeaux is the more explosive player at the moment, Dorlus is bigger and can do a few more things and likely will hold up better in run support. At least today.

However as I mentioned from the get go, he’s got the Faoliu brothers, Cumberlander, Carlsberg, Popo, Vea Kava and others ahead of him, just to name a few. 

Dorlus is a borderline redshirt guy to me. If he’s able to it more than likely means this unit stayed healthy all year and a couple vets progressed enough to keep him off the field. Which is not an indictment of Dorlus’ ability. 

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