Four Football Players Seek Transfer

EUGENE – Four University of Oregon football players have been given their release to look elsewhere to continue their football careers, according to head coach Mike Bellotti. Sophomores-to-be Terrell Jackson (running back) and Thor Pili (defensive lineman), along with redshirt freshmen Tucker Callahan (linebacker) and Levi Horn (offensive lineman)...

Sophomores-to-be Terrell Jackson (running back) and Thor Pili (defensive lineman), along with redshirt freshmen Tucker Callahan (linebacker) and Levi Horn (offensive lineman)have indicated they will all transfer to schools yet to be determined in search of more playing time, Bellotti said. Among the quartet of players, only Jackson (Moreno Valley, Calif.) played in games last season. The Ducks' sixth-leading rusher carried the ball 27 times for 107 yards in seven games in 2005, including a collegiate-high 29 yards in his lone start at Stanford. Jackson also caught eight passes for an additional 37 yards. He was slated to begin the fall behind sophomores Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson on the depth chart at running back. Pili (Orem, Utah) had yet to get into a game in his first two seasons at Oregon, while both Callahan (Fairhope, Ala.) and Horn (Spokane, Wash.) redshirted last year in order to preserve four more years of eligibility.

All four players would be eligible to play immediately if they transfer to schools lower than the Division I A level but would have to sit out the 2006 season should they choose to transfer to another Division I A institution. Jackson and Pili could have as many as three years of eligibility remaining at another school while Callahan and Horn could have as many as four years to play.

Bellotti also announced that in an attempt to bolster the depth at running back, senior Chris Vincent would return to the position he played his first three seasons at Oregon after being switched to linebacker during the 2005 spring. Vincent accumulated 188 yards rushing in 2003 and 2004, starting games vs. Arizona and Michigan as a redshirt freshman, and ran for a single-game best 77 yards in the win over the Wildcats.

Vincent joins Stewart, Johnson and junior walk-on Andiel Brown (Portland) as the Ducks' returning running backs from a year ago, while incoming freshmen Remene Alston (Greensboro, N.C.) and Andre Crenshaw (Lancaster, Calif.) will join the program when fall camp begins Aug. 7.

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