Is This Damola's Breakout Year?

Damola Adeniji is best known for his two-touchdown performance against Washington State. He had two receptions for 20 yards in the Spring Game.

Oregon State senior wideout Damola Adeniji has spent the past several years of his life preparing for this season. 

The 6-3, 213 pound (subject to change) athlete from South Eugene high school--who plans on owning a restaurant some day, I might add-- played two years at Orange Coast College in California before transferring to Oregon State. 

In high school at South Eugene, Damola had 24 receptions for 275 yards and three touchdowns in his senior year. He helped his team to a second-place finish in the Midwestern Conference, and they advanced to the State Playoffs. 

At Orange Coast, he was a two-time All-Mission Conference selection, and had 29 receptions for 376 yards as a sophomore. 

In his junior year at Oregon State, Damola made a name for himself on special teams. In October 11th's game against Washington State, Adeniji blocked a punt and recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown-- a few years later, he was on the receiving end of a 39-yard touchdown pass from Sean Canfield. The touchdown came with less than eight minutes left in the game, and made the score 59-13. Check out those two plays in the YouTube video below:


Damola returns to an Oregon State receiving corps that lost the likes of Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales. James Rodgers is back, along with Darrell Catchings. There's a large group of young guys, including Kevan Walker, Gino Munoz, and Jordan Bishop, who will compete for playing time, along with more veteran guys like Adeniji and Taylor Kavanaugh

Adeniji, who has become a force on special teams, will likely continue to standout in that area-- in addition to contributing as a receiver. 

Damola had two receptions for 20 yards in this year's spring game, but reeled in a 76-yard touchdown pass from ex-OSU quarterback Brennan Sim

He's shown flashes of athleticism in his two years at Oregon State. He'll likely continue to contribute on punt blocks and other special teams units. But do you think he'll be a viable threat at wideout?

Fall practice begins August 10, and Oregon State's season opener is set for September 5 at Reser Stadium against Portland State. 

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)

 

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