Fours years of collegiate football has turned Jeff Maehl from a 6'1", defensive back into a steady, tough receiver that could be considered the best in the Pac-10. The senior from Palisades, California walked into Eugene four years ago ready to contribute.
Maehl has truly seen the highs and lows of Oregon football. He has experienced coaching changes, program turmoil, and national recognition. Only two teams which Maehl is very familiar with, stand in the way of a Duck appearance in the BCS National Championship game.
Here is a look back at a his stellar performances against Arizona and Oregon State during his tenure at Oregon. Expect big statistical games from Maehl against the Beavers and Wildcats.
The 2007 season is hard to forget for most Oregon fans. While the Ducks struggled down the stretch, a valuable benefit in hind-site was the emergence of Maehl as an offensive weapon.
During his only defeat to the rival Beavers, the converted true freshman caught four passes for 86 yards and his first career touchdown.
In a tale of two halves, the Ducks held off a second half surge by Arizona in a 55-45 victory. While only catching two passes, Maehl was efficient in turning his limited opportunities into big plays.
As a sophomore, he finished the game with two receptions for 73 yards including a 65-yard touchdown reception.
The Oregon offensive machine kicked into high gear in the 2008 Civil War. The Ducks hung 65 points on the Beavers to avenge a home loss to their rival a year before.
As a sophomore, Maehl caught five passes from Jeremiah Masoli for 79 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown reception.
In a heart-breaking defeat for the Wildcats, Maehl turned in a Rose Bowl saving performance in Tuscon.
Once again, teaming with Masoli, the Oregon wide receiver caught 12 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. This game could be considered his best as a collegiate athlete.
On a chilly early December evening, the Oregon junior receiver was once again a steady, explosive weapon for the Duck offense.
In a 37-33 victory, Maehl caught six passes for 138 yards, and touchdown pass of 73 yards. The win clinched a Rose Bowl berth, and Pac-10 championship for the program.
As a freshman, Maehl did not play against Arizona in 2007. The Ducks have won both meetings (2008 and 2009), by outscoring the Wildcats 96-86.
Career Totals Against Arizona:
Receiving Yards: 187
Touchdown Receptions: three
Come December, Maehl will be playing in his fourth Civil War. The Ducks have won two straight against the Beavers, and have outscored them 133-109 since 2007.
Career Totals Against Oregon State:
Receiving Yards: 303
Touchdown Receptions: three
Rest assured Duck fans, Maehl will come out ready to play during the final two games of the regular season. The senior leader is 4-1 against the Beavers and Wildcats, and has posted some impressive numbers in the process.
Career Totals Against Oregon State and Arizona (five Games)
Receiving Yards: 490
Touchdown Receptions: six