UO receiver doesn't let injuries, unmet hopes get him down
by: KYLE GREEN, Injured UO receiver Cameron Colvin will miss the Portland State game this weekend, but he hopes to return at some point this season.

EUGENE -One doesn't need to feel badly for oft-injured Cameron Colvin, because the Oregon receiver doesn't feel sorry for himself.

A bad quadriceps and then a bad hamstring have beset Colvin since last December. The ballyhooed junior receiver from famed De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., has caught only six passes for 39 yards in five games this season and scored one rushing touchdown.

As part of a long list of Ducks on the mend, Colvin expects to play again this season -but he will miss his third consecutive game Saturday when the Ducks face Portland State at Autzen Stadium.

'When I get back healthy, I'll hopefully get out there and make my mark,' says Colvin, who has only 42 catches and six touchdowns in his 2-1/2 seasons in Eugene. 'I know what I'm capable of - coach (Mike) Bellotti knows.

'It's been mentally draining, more than anything,' Colvin adds, of his injury-plagued 2006. 'Working so hard in the summer and training so hard, then you get to the season and get beat up.'

Colvin's uncertainty allowed Jordan Kent to take hold of one of the starting receiver positions. The two get along great, with Colvin having helped introduce Kent to football last season. Kent says Colvin has handled the injury and competition situations well.

'He's definitely keeping his head up,' Kent says.

Recently, to teach the Ducks about determination, Bellotti talked with his team about the accomplishments of Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-son team who have competed in more than 1,000 marathons and triathlons together in the past 27 years - including five Ironman Hawaii triathlons. The father pulls and pushes his paralyzed son with him through the swimming, biking and running sections of the triathlon.

Colvin took inspiration from the story.

'That guy can't even move and I'm crying about a hamstring?' he says. 'There are people in the world who can't even walk. It's a reality check.'

When he returns, Colvin will need to make plays in practice and show some blocking ability. Receiver coach Robin Pflugrad insists that his players block well in the UO spread offense; Pflugrad, 'a hard-nosed coach,' Colvin says, demands much from his receivers for them to earn playing time.

Despite his struggles at Oregon, Colvin hasn't thought about transferring. 'There's no reason to leave. I've built my foundation here,' he says.

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