Former Duck Andrew Faoliu reunites with Andy Avalos at Boise State


Former Duck Andrew Faoliu reunites with Andy Avalos at Boise State originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Another Oregon Duck has rejoined Andy Avalos out East.

Redshirt sophomore outside linebacker Andrew Faoliu announced he will transfer to Boise State, reuniting him with his defensive coordinator of two seasons. Running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio made the same call earlier this offseason.

Matt Prehm of Duck Territory (247Sports) reported two weeks ago he had decided to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. Mario Cristobal later confirmed this report. 

Faoliu will have three seasons of eligibility remaining as a Bronco after spending a redshirt season in Oregon. 

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The 6’3″, 255-pound Mater Dei graduate is the younger brother of Austin Faoliu who hopes to hear his name called during the 2021 NFL Draft later this month. 

Prior to the 2020 season, the Ducks moved him from defensive end to outside linebacker. 

In three seasons on campus, Faoliu appeared in 22 games (including all seven in 2020), making 13 total tackles, registering 5.0 tackles-for-loss, and 4.0 sacks. He recorded a sack in the 2020 Pac-12 Championship against USC. 

Oregon has been recruiting linebackers at unprecedented levels but outside linebacker had less depth than its inside counterpart which includes Noah Sewell, Justin Flowe, and Keith Brown in the last two classes.

The Ducks signed Justin Flowe’s younger brother, Jonathan Flowe, to play outside along with 3-stars Brandon Bucker and Terrell Tilmon. Multi-year starter Mase Funa will be eligible to declare for the NFL Draft after the 2021 season, but new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter has said he plans to move players across positions. For example, Kayvon Thibodeaux will likely play more outside linebacker than in previous seasons. 

The move opens up a scholarship for the Ducks, too. 



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