Citing lack of playing time, four players leave OU

Updated: June 29, 2006, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

EUGENE Ore. -- Four University of Oregon football players -- running back Terrell Jackson, defensive lineman Thor Pili, linebacker Tucker Callahan and offensive lineman Levi Horn -- have decided to leave Oregon for more playing time.

Jackson, a sophomore, was the only player among the four that played last season, with 27 carries for 107 yards. He ran for 29 yards in his lone start against Stanford.

He also caught eight passes for an additional 37 yards. He was listed behind sophomores Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson on the depth chart for the fall.

Pili had yet to get into a game in his first two seasons at Oregon, while both Callahan and Horn redshirted last year.

All four players would be eligible to play immediately if they transfer to schools lower than the Division I-A level but would have to sit out the 2006 season should they transfer to another Division I-A school.

Coach Mike Bellotti also said he planned to move senior Chris Vincent from linebacker back to running back, where he played his first two seasons.


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