Oregon legend Chad Cota back for Ducks spring game, son Chase's debut
Oregon is welcoming back a ton of former Duck greats—old and recent—for Saturday’s spring game.
“I know this program was built on players like those guys, legends,” head coach Dan Lanning said this week. “They’ve really put in blood, sweat, and tears for Duck football and we want to do everything we can to reconnect those people with our progrum.”
One of those alums has an extra reason to return to Eugene for the game. Chad Cota will be back in town for the game, and he’ll get to see his son, Chase, make his debut in the green and yellow after transferring from UCLA this offseason.
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Chad, a member of Oregon’s Hall of Fame, was a four-year starting safety for the Ducks in the early 1990s and a member of the “Gang Green” group in 1994. The Ashland native was, as the Ducks put it, “the glue that fueled one of the Ducks’ most inspiring defenses of the modern era.” Cota completed his Oregon career tied for sixth in career tackles (329).
Chase, a wideout, is spending his last season of college ball with the Ducks. His time in Eugene will be a little shorter than his dad’s, but he’s hoping to have an impact.
“As much as it would be great to come back home—which I ended up doing—and play for the Ducks because I grew up a Duck fan, it was also just the best spot for my last year of college football and where I thought I could fit in the best and have an impact and set myself up for success,” he said this spring when asked about his transfer.
“I really like (wideout coach Junior) Adams and (OC Kenny) Dillingham. My communication with them and hearing what they had to say about the offense and the opportunity sounded really good. It’s not like I came here because there are no receivers, there’s a bunch of really good receivers. To be in a really good room and think that I can help enhance it is a good experience I’d like to have.”
One thing’s for sure, it’s good to have a Cota in an Oregon uniform once again.