Linehan Ready to go in '08

Senior defensive tackle Cole Linehan is looking forward to Fall Camp '08 and intends to enjoy every bit of it and the 2008 football season. Linehan, a three-year letterman is one of the leaders of the Ducks and took a few moments to talk with eDuck Sports about the summer workouts and the upcoming fall camp.

Cole Linehan, 6-4, 295 who will be the anchor on the Ducks defensive front, reflected on the summer workouts. Linehan thinks participation has grown each of the five years that he has been at Oregon. The Ducks finished the annual summer voluntary workouts last Friday and this week are taking a vacation -- until August 2nd, when the team returns and prepares for the start of fall camp on Monday August 4th.

"For me it's my last one," Linehan said of fall camp. "You got to enjoy every second of it."

Linehan, who is from Banks (Ore.) plans to go home for a couple of days and going to watch his younger brother Gabe Linehan in a football camp. Gabe, is a senior linebacker at Banks HS and has already given a verbal commitment to Boise State. That makes will make three brothers from the Linehan family, who will play Division I football. Cole's older brother Josh Linehan lettered at Oregon State (2002-06).

The untimely death of Todd Doxey has obviously left a shadow over the 2008 football season. This situation unfortunately is not new for Linehan as he has suffered losses in his family as well on his team. His father, Ron, a long-time high school football coach in Oregon died in 2005. The year before when Cole was entering his freshman year at Oregon, one of his fellow recruits of the 2004 recruiting class, Terrence Kelly was killed in a shooting. Kelly was killed before he and Linehan were introduced. Linehan summed up his feelings about the current situation by acknowledging that the loss of Doxey is hard but also reason for the team to move on.

"When something like that happens it put it into perspective that football is the not the most important thing," observed Linehan of Doxey's death. "Losing a teammate and family member like that is something that is hard for all of us, but that is the way you go through the grieving process. You got to go back to the things that you do."

Despite the tragedies that Linehan has endured he appears confident and ready to take up the thing that he does and will lead his teammates on in the 2008 football season.




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