Ducks Add Receiver to Roster

EUGENE – Ryan Mattice (pronounced Mah-TICE), who earned second-team all-Western States Football League honors in his lone season at Dixie State (Utah) College a year ago, has signed an athletic financial aid agreement to play football at the University of Oregon for the 2006 season, according to the Ducks' head coach Mike Bellotti.

The 6-3, 200-pound former Colorado Springs, Colo., prep quarterback is projected as a receiver for the Ducks after playing tight end last year for the St. George, Utah, junior college.

Mattice led the Rebels in receiving last year, accumulating 29 catches for 433 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games to help pace his team to a 9-3 record and a No. 11 national ranking. He equaled a season-best five receptions for 99 yards in a 35-31 win over Garden City (Kan.) CC in the Dixie Rotary Bowl after grabbing five catches for 61 yards earlier in the year against Arizona Western.

Graduating from Liberty (Colo.) High School in 2002, Mattice originally enrolled at Western State (Colo.) College for one season before embarking on a two-year religious mission. After returning, he played at Dixie State in 2005.

Due to the fact he redshirted his first collegiate year before his church mission interrupted his five-year eligibility window, the 22-year-old Mattice would still have three years to play three seasons at Oregon.

As a high school senior, he quarterbacked the Lancers to a 10-2 record and a berth in the state quarterfinals in 2001, with the first-team Class 3A, Southern League and second-team all-area honoree completing 129-237 passes for 2,001 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Because the traditional letter-of-intent signing period for football is valid only from Feb. 1 through April 1, the financial aid agreement differs in that the school is committed to providing a scholarship to the recruit for the 2006-07 academic year but doesn't bind the student-athlete to the institution.

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