Thursday, June 30, 2011

Getting to know the 2011 Oregon newcomers: Sam Kamp

Sam Kamp
DL – 6-4, 247, 4.82
Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View HS)

2010 stats: Injured, DNP
2009: 68 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 int, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 pass breakups
Team record 8-4, 6-0 in league, 5A Central League Champions

Recruiting Rating: 3 stars, according to Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports

Success has synergy. The Ducks have depth now; back in the '80s they'd have a pretty decent team until they lost a starter or two. Late season collapses were a regularity. With depth, you can afford to develop players. With depth, you can groom an athlete, give him a season to fill out and learn the system. Coaches can take a chance on a young man with an upside or an injury to overcome, knowing he'll have the proper amount of time to reach his potential. In the years of the suffering, the Ducks were always sacrificing the seed corn in lost causes. Undermanned teams do that. Kids are forced into action, underweight and underprepared. It becomes an ugly, self-fulfilling business, whole decades of shortages at one position group or another, redshirt years blown losing by 20 in a half-empty stadium. Losing stinks. It's a bitter gift that lingers in the nose, the heart and the memory.

Sam Kamp is a good football player with a good future, but he's the kind of player the Ducks would have had to rush 20 years ago. They'd run out of defensive ends by game five, and he'd start cold against USC or UCLA, back in the days when the Bruins and Trojans were the bullies of the league, three-deep in offensive tackles with forearms the size of hams.

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