Did someone say "more D-linemen"? Pretty sure I heard that.
We've got 94 days left until the Battle in Seattle, so today I'll be highlighting the player with the #94 jersey—Sam McCaskill
#94, Sam McCaskill, RS Freshman, DE
Weight: 246 lbs.
High School: Sheldon High School, Eugene, OR
How'd he get to The Blue™?
McCaskill was a standout two-way player for Eugene's Sheldon high school playing both defensive end and center. As a senior, McCaskill was named first team All-State and the Southwest Conference defensive player of the year after registering 115 tackles and 16 sacks—also leading Sheldon to the Class 6A title game. As a junior, McCaskill was similarly productive, notching 110 tackles and 12.5 sacks—again, earning him first team All-State honors. McCaskill had offers from Portland State, Montana and Oregon State, but chose the Broncos.
He's the rootinest tootinest hombre this side of the Boise River.
Late wrestling icon Owen Hart
As a senior, named first-team all-Class 6A selection at defensive end and center, and also named the Southwest Conference's defensive player of the year. Earned first-team all-league honors at defensive end, and second-team honors at center as a junior. Helped team to a state title as a sophomore in 2009.
Last season I said I had a feeling about McCaskill and a redshirt year has done little to shake it. In fact, many thought that McCaskill would have the luxury of easing into a larger role with the defense with the Broncos returning a first-team all-conference pick and a freshman All-American. Things have a way of changing quickly in the college football landscape and now McCaskill may be asked to shoulder a heavy load this year, but I think he's equal to the task. Beau Martin and potentially Tyler Horn would have something to say about McCaskill being an odds-on favorite to start opposite Demarcus Lawrence, but he could easily be a game one starter, and even if he isn't—he'll still be getting a lot of reps in Seattle. McCaskill already reminds me a lot of Shea McClellin...heck, they even share the same initials...and if he can play close to McClellin's level, we'll halt our Sam Ukwuachu lamentations with a quickness. McCaskill has a great motor, a knack for harrassing quarterbacks (28.5 sacks in last two seasons of prep ball), and looked great in the Spring game—anyone else see a reason why we shouldn't be sky-high on the kid? Me neither. I think McCaskill will see lots of early season PT and by the time league-play rolls around, have opposing coaches worried.
Completely made up fact
Sam will honor his Scottish heritage by playing in a kilt this season. Matt Paradis will also honor Sam's heritage by feasting on postgame haggis.