No Waiting Here's Embry

Headed into the 2008 season few suspected that a receiver that may have been a bit under the radar coming out of high school would be playing in Oregon's opener against Washington. Then again the Oregon coaching staff was keeping pretty quiet in regards to Garrett Embry.

"Everybody dreams about that, moving up and playing right away," commented Garrett Embry on his move up the depth chart. "The dream comes true and I'm trying to live it and enjoy every second of it."

When the 2-deep roster was announced earlier this week many Duck fans and followers were surprised to see Embry, 6-1, 208, as Jaison Williams' back up. It makes perfect sense though. After all, sophomore Drew Davis is out for at least two weeks because he had his tonsils removed and at his Tuesday media conference, Head Coach Mike Bellotti announced that junior Ellis Krout had been suspended for the first game because of a violation of unspecified team rules.

Above and beyond that, Bellotti felt that Embry was ready to play. Given that out of 15 true freshmen in the 2008 recruiting class the headman indicated that only as many as three frosh will play this season, that's a pretty strong statement in favor of Embry.

"Garrett is one of the best blockers, a very physical receiver," said Bellotti of Embry. "We think he can help us immediately both offensively and on special teams."

Last year in high school, Embry's team finished 10-3 and Garrett ended up with 54 catches for 953 yards and four touchdown receptions. He also had a rushing touchdown. As a junior, Embry caught 15 passes for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns He is also a standout defensive back posting 30 tackles, 3 interceptions and 10 knock-downs helping his team to the 2006 state 5A championship.

Initially, Scout.com gave Embry 2-stars but as more and more film came in he was upgraded to 3-stars and ranked the 139th best player at his position. Likely had the Oregon coaching staff been doing the ratings, Embry would have gone up a lot higher.

So a year after starring for Roswell High in Roswell, Ga., Embry will run out of the tunnel at Autzen Stadium to face the Washington Huskies, in front of 60,000 screaming fans. What are Embry's goals for the Husky game?

"Get all my assignments down, make my blocks, make my plays and catch the football," responded Embry to the question of his goals.

And he added this all-important item to the list of goals, "win the game."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The game will be carried live on Fox Sports Net and can also be heard on Oregon Sports Network radio.




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