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Wade Keliikipi looks to continue his impressive career for the Ducks in 2013.(Oregon Football Facebook Page)
Wade Keliikipi has had a tremendous and reliable presence on the Oregon defensive line throughout his career at defensive tackle. At 6’3 and 306 pounds he has surprising quickness and a knack for stopping the run in addition to disrupting opposing quarterbacks.
Keliikipi played high school football at Wai’anae High School of the Oahu Red-West League under head coach Danny Matsumoto. In 2009, he was named Hawaii’s top defensive tackle by Superprep Magazine. His official visit and resulting scholarship offer from Oregon was enough to seal the deal for the highly praised islander.
Redshirting in his first season in Eugene, Keliikipi went on to appear in every ensuing game for the Ducks, accumulating 5.5 sacks and 35 solo tackles to present day. His career bests of 6 tackles and 2 sacks came against the Arizona State Sun Devils and Washington State Cougars respectively in 2012.
This year, he jumped on a fumble in the Nicholls game, helped on a sack for a three yard loss at Virginia, and most recently contributed in a big way against the Washington Huskies, accounting for 1.5 sacks for 12 yards and 2.5 tackles for loss for 17 yards which helped contain Washington’s mobile quarterback Keith Price.
Look for Keliikipi to continue to assert himself as this season progresses. He is known for his incredible strength, often bringing down opposing players single-handedly. His role in the interior for Oregon is incredibly valuable in his final season as the Ducks continue to roll towards a possible BCS national championship appearance.
I caught up with the easy-going all-star linemen earlier this week:
DR: How would you describe your career at Oregon so far?
WK: So far, it’s been the best experience. The atmosphere and culture that we’ve created here is great. I expect this program to go even further.
DR: How did high school football go for you?
WK: Making the transition from Hawaii to Oregon and leaving the island for the first time was mind-boggling. Getting on an airplane and leaving my comfort zone was different. High school is what it was, but I’ve had the best experience here.
DR: What other teams were recruiting you and what made you choose Oregon?
WK: I was only offered by the University of Hawaii and then last minute before signing day, I was given the opportunity to visit Oregon. I was offered a scholarship here and I think I made the best decision (laughs). It all worked out fine.
DR: What have you learned from coach Ron Aiken?
WK: I’ve learned a lot from coach Aiken. Mostly getting better at the little things: getting to the ball, hustling, finishing. Getting that burst to disrupt the quarterback if it’s a pass. Working on the fundamentals and using our hands more. I think it’s really helped us.
DR: When you’re at the line of scrimmage…what are you looking for and what are your responsibilities?
WK: When I walk up to the line of scrimmage, I look down both sides. I watch the guards and what they call, their eyes and who they’re trying to block. It’s come to the point where we can look at the wide receivers and know where the call is coming from. Basically when they snap the ball, we use our hands to strike and look for who can key in on the running back.
DR: What has been a personal highlight for you so far?
WK: Just being here. Everyday is a new experience and a blessing. Everyday is exciting and you never know what’s in store for you next.
DR: What do you do for fun other than football?
WK: Well today me and Taylor Hart are going fishing, to try something new. We usually just relax. When we don’t have football, the guys will go to dinner or catch a movie together. Now that we have school it makes it more difficult, but we still have time.
DR: Who are some of your best friends on the team?
WK: Mana Greig, Taylor Hart, Ricky Heimuli, Koa Ka’ai, basically all of the guys from Hawaii. Marcus Mariota, Bronson Yim, Isaac Ava. I try to make friends with everyone, especially the freshmen and the new guys coming in.
DR: What are your personal goals for the rest of the season?
WK: Do what I can to help the team and give it my best effort. Hopefully get to the National Championship. If we keep preparing and taking it step by step, hopefully we can get there.
DR: What impact do you hope to leave behind?
WK: That I was a tough player (laughs). A hard-headed individual.
Defensive Line Coach Ron Aiken’s Comments On Wade:
DR: In what ways would you say Wade has improved since you’ve been here?
RA: Hands and pad level. Since I’ve been here, he has really gotten better. His pads are low and he’s striking. It’s been very impressive, and I’m not saying that he just picked it up this year, but it’s noticeable every single down. It helps to create separation tremendously.
DR: What unique aspects does he bring to the defensive line?
RA: His intelligence on game day. As far as following backfield sets and understanding blocking schemes. He does a great job of just having a good feel for it.
DR: What impact will he create for the remainder of this season?
RA: Tons. We want him to dominate the line of scrimmage. Push the center back and disrupt things. And I think he’ll do that.
DR: Is there anything he could improve upon?
RA: Everyday just getting new blocking schemes memorized and seeing what’s different about them. The key thing is always working on the fundamentals. That’s something the entire line works on and can all get better at, but he’s pretty solid.
DR: How would you describe Wade as a person and a player in general?
RA: Easygoing, intelligent, aware on the football field. Aware of his surroundings and of what is happening. That’s what you want every defensive linemen to do, know where the quarterback is and to understand protection.
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