Oregon's Skipper to to join Ducks' football team

EUGENE – University of Oregon two-time track and field collegiate national champion Tommy Skipper has joined the Ducks' football team as a punter, according to head football coach Mike Bellotti.

Skipper, who captured NCAA pole vault titles in 2004 (outdoors) and 2005 (indoors), hasn't played football since he graduated from high school at Sandy High School in 2003. The Ducks' pole vault school record-holder (18-10 1/4) also established the Pacific-10 Conference record as a freshman in 2004.

He also claimed Pac-10 pole vault and decathlon titles his freshman season.

He missed the majority of last spring's outdoor season with a knee injury and was unable to clear a height at either the conference or NCAA championships.

Although it is Skipper's first attempt at football at the collegiate level, his all-around athletic ability drew notice by the San Diego Padres as they drafted him in the 37th round of the 2003 amatuer baseball draft.

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