Two former Oregon Ducks are now playing for the San Diego Chargers. One is dealing with an injury, while the other is dealing with the challenge of a newcomer.
Rookie TE Justin Peelle
sprained his ankle and knee Sunday, and will likely be out another week. Peelle was a fourth round draft pick, the 113th player selected last spring in the NFL draft. Peelle was the fourth leading receiver for the Ducks last season with 34 catches for 491 yards. Peelle had nine touchdown receptions, including his last catch that resulted in the final scoring drive for Oregon in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl.
Cornerback Alex Molden, the man first-round pick Quentin Jammer was going to challenge for a starting position during camp, welcomes him to the team (San Diego.)
"I'm glad we finally got him here," Molden said. "He's going to make us better, no doubt."
Molden was the 13th pick in the first round in the 1996 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Molden was one of the stars of "Gang Green" that played in the 1995 Rose Bowl. Molden also played in the 1996 Cotton Bowl. The Chargers selected Jammer out of Texas in the first round with the fifth pick last spring. Jammer's Texas Longhorns faced Peelle and the Oregon Ducks in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. Oregon won the contest 35-30. The Longhorns returned to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in 2001 and beat the Washington Huskies 47-43.
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