Dan Lanning shares message to Oregon's Matayo Uiagalelei ahead of game against his brother
Dan Lanning has a three-word message for Matayo Uiagalelei ahead of this Friday’s game against Oregon State.
“Hit your brother,” Lanning joked Monday night when he met with reporters.
Brothers facing brothers on a football field is certainly a fun subplot to a college football game, but it’s not exactly a novel concept. Noah Sewell played against his brother when Oregon faced Utah over the years. But Friday’s Oregon-Oregon State battle will be particularly fun for the Uiagalelei family because one brother will be chasing the other.
When Oregon State’s offense is on the field, DJ will be at the controls and the younger Matayo will be trying to corral him.
“Both great competitors. I think they’re probably excited to go compete against each other,” Lanning said. “Both really talented players. That’s not bigger than the game and they both know that. Matayo certainly knows that. It’ll be fun for him to go out and compete. It’ll be fun for his family — he’s got a great family, so I’m excited for them to get to see that.”
Both brothers are in their first seasons at their respective schools. Matayo Uiagalelei signed with the Ducks out of the 2023 recruiting class and has played in 10 of the Ducks’ 11 games so far this season.
DJ Uiagalelei transferred from Clemson this past offseason and has been exactly what Oregon State hoped for — a dynamic athlete at the quarterback position who can escape a collapsing pocket and also make big-time throws with his arm. DJ has 2,418 yards through the air this year and 26 total touchdowns. Assuming 13 games played, DJ is on pace to post the most productive season by an Oregon State passer since Sean Mannion in 2014.
Matayo’s role is much less, but he has flashed with two tackles for loss, a sack, and two pass breakups this season playing on a veteran defensive line. There will no doubt be some extra juice to try and make an impact on Friday’s game.
Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT on FOX.