Oregon Ducks Football Notes: Head Mario Cristobal Background

NUMBERS TO KNOW

26

Since 2018 under coach Cristobal, Oregon
leads the Pac-12 with 26 total wins,
including a 16-1 record at home.

20

Cristobal is the 20th head coach in Rose
Bowl history to win the game in his first
or second season with a program.

4

Cristobal has coached or recruited four
of the last five Outland Trophy winners,
including 2019 recipient Penei Sewell.

COACHED & RECRUITED

NFL DRAFT PICKS
Oregon
2021 (RD 1) OL Penei Sewell………………………………Detroit Lions
2021 (RD 2) S Jevon Holland ………………………….Miami Dolphins
2021 (RD 5) CB Deommodore Lenoir……..San Francisco 49ers
2021 (RD 6) S Brady Breeze ………………………..Tennessee Titans
2021 (RD 6) CB Thomas Graham Jr. …………………Chicago Bears
2020 (RD 1) QB Justin Herbert……………Los Angeles Chargers
2020 (RD 4) LB Troy Dye ……………………………Minnesota Vikings
2020 (RD 5) OL Shane Lemieux…………………… New York Giants
2020 (RD 6) OL Jake Hanson ……………………Green Bay Packers
2019 (RD 4) S Ugochukwu Amadi……………… Seattle Seahawks
2019 (RD 5) LB Justin Hollins………………………..Denver Broncos
2019 (RD 7) WR Dillon Mitchell………………….Minnesota Vikings
2019 (RD 7) DE Jalen Jelks…………………………… Dallas Cowboys
2018 (RD 4) RB Royce Freeman……………………..Denver Broncos
2018 (RD 6) OL Tyrell Crosby ……………………………..Detroit Lions

Alabama
2020 (RD 1) WR Jerry Jeudy………………………….Denver Broncos
2019 (RD 1) DL Quinnen Williams…………………….New York Jets
2019 (RD 1) OL Jonah Williams……………….. Cincinnati Bengals
2019 (RD 5) OL Ross Pierschbacher……Washington Redskins
2018 (RD 1) CB Minkah Fitzpatrick…………………Miami Dolphins
2018 (RD 1) DL Da’Ron Payne ………………Washington Redskins
2018 (RD 1) WR Calvin Ridley………………………… Atlanta Falcons
2018 (RD 6) OL Bradley Bozeman…………………Baltimore Ravens
2017 (RD 1) TE OJ Howard…………………Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2017 (RD 2) OL Cam Robinson ………………..Jacksonville Jaguars
2016 (RD 1) OL Ryan Kelly ………………………….Indianapolis Colts
2015 (RD 4) OL Arie Kouandjio ……………….Washington Redskins
2015 (RD 7) OL Austin Shepherd………………….Minnesota Vikings
2014 (RD 2) OL Cyrus Kouandjio………………………….Buffalo Bills

FIU
2013 (RD 2) DB Johnathan Cyprien ……….Jacksonville Jaguars
2013 (RD 6) LB Tourek Williams…………….. San Diego Chargers
2012 (RD 3) WR T.Y. Hilton …………………………..Indianapolis Colts
2011 (RD 7) DB Anthony Gaitor…………Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rutgers
2003 (RD 2) TE LJ Smith…………………………..Philadelphia Eagles

Miami
2010 .(RD 4) OL Jason Fox …………………………………Detroit Lions
2010 .(RD 7) TE Dedrick Epps ……………….. San Diego Chargers
2007 .(RD 1) TE Greg Olsen ……………………………….Chicago Bears
2007 (RD 5) OL Cameron Stephenson …..Pittsburgh Steelers
2007 (RD 7) TE Clark Harris …………………….. Green Bay Packers
2005 (RD 3) TE Kevin Everett ………………………………Buffalo Bills
2002 (RD 1) OL Bryant McKinnie……………….Minnesota Vikings
2002 (RD 1) TE Jeremy Shockey ………………….New York Giants
2002 (RD 7) OL Joaquin Gonzalez ……………Cleveland Browns
2000 (RD 1) TE Bubba Franks ………………….. Green Bay Packers
2000 (RD 7) TE Mondriel Fulcher …………………Oakland Raiders

Mario Cristobal Oregon head coach

AT A GLANCE
» Cristobal was named the 34th head coach in Oregon history on Dec. 8, 2017, after spending the 2017 season as Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator, run-game coordinator and offensive line coach.
» Owns more than 20 years of coaching experience, including nine as an FBS head coach.
» As a head coach, assistant coach or player, Cristobal has been to and won five of the New Year’s Six bowl games,
highlighted by two national championships as a player at Miami (1989 & 1991) and another as the assistant head coach at Alabama (2015).
» Oregon is one of three FBS programs (Clemson & Ohio State) to win its conference title game each of the last two years (2019 & 2020).
» Named the 2019 Associated Press Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
» Cristobal is one of 11 current FBS head coaches to win 20-plus games over his first two seasons leading a Power 5 program.
» Oregon has compiled the most overall wins (25) and conference victories (16) since the start of the 2018 season.
» Oregon’s 21 combined wins in 2018 and 2019 were one more than the total from the previous three seasons prior to
Cristobal taking over as head coach.
» Through Cristobal’s first three seasons, Oregon has produced 37 all-conference selections, 13 NFL Draft choices and five All-Americans, highlighted by three national award winners.
» Owning an extensive track record of success as one of the nation’s best offensive line coaches and most elite recruiters, Cristobal has coached or recruited four of the last five Outland Trophy winners.
» Cristobal coached an All-American offensive lineman in seven consecutive seasons prior to 2020, highlighted by three in 2019.

BACK-TO-BACK PAC-12 CHAMPS
» In a year unlike any other in 2020, Cristobal led the Ducks back to the top of the Pac-12 Conference.
» UO played just seven games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all without fans in the stands.
» Oregon went 4-3 overall, defeating No. 13 USC 31-24 to repeat as conference champions and advance to the Fiesta Bowl.
» The Ducks joined Stanford as the only teams to win the Pac-12 Championship Game in back-to-back years.
» Oregon won the Pac-12 title one day after Cristobal signed a contract extension and two days after he secured the highestrated recruiting class in program history.
» UO’s defense limited USC to just 38 rushing yards, with defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux earning MVP honors.
» The Ducks’ Pac-12 title secured the program’s third-ever appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, Oregon’s fourth straight bowl trip under Cristobal and second in a New Year’s Six game.
» Oregon finished the season with 12 players earning all-conference recognition, including Thibodeaux winning the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s top offensive or defensive lineman.

YEAR TWO COMES UP ROSES
» Oregon’s 12-2 record in 2019 marked the program’s fifth season with 12 or more wins.
» Cristobal became just the third Oregon head coach to win 12 games in a season.
» Oregon closed the season at No. 5 in the final AP Top 25 poll.
» The fifth 12-win campaign in program history — in just the second year under Cristobal’s guidance — marked an eight-game improvement in just three seasons for Oregon.
» Oregon capped the season with consecutive wins over top-10 teams en route to Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl titles.
» Cristobal became just the 20th head coach to win the Rose Bowl in his first or second year with that program.
» Marked just the fourth time Oregon defeated top-10 teams in consecutive weeks.
» Oregon used its physicality to earn a 28-27 win over No. 8 Wisconsin for its second consecutive win over a top-10 team. With the win, Cristobal became just the 20th head coach to win the Rose Bowl in his first or second year with that program.
» Just days shy of his two-year anniversary of taking over as head coach at Oregon, Cristobal led the Ducks as they
represented the North Division with a convincing 37-15 win over No. 5 Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
» Nine-game win streak in 2019 following a tough opening-game loss to Auburn.

» Included in the nine-game win streak was a 7-0 start to Pac-12 play that featured wins at Stanford, at Washington and at USC in the same season for the first time in program history.
» Oregon was one of six FBS teams to rank in the top 16 nationally in both scoring defense (9th – 16.5) and scoring offense (16th – 35.4). The 16.5 points allowed per game is the lowest in Oregon history since 1966.

ESTABLISHING A CULTURE
» The 9-4 campaign in 2018 marked the third-most victories by a first-year head coach at Oregon.
» The Ducks’ 5-1 start featured back-to-back ranked wins at California and against Washington.
» One of four FBS first-year head coaches to win a bowl game in 2018, with a Redbox Bowl victory over Michigan State.
» The 7-6 win over Michigan State marked the fewest points given up by Oregon in a bowl game since the 1917 Rose Bowl.
» Oregon finish the season as one of nine FBS teams with a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver.
» In Cristobal’s first year at Oregon as co-offensive coordinator, the run-game was a major factor in the up-tempo Duck offense that tied for the Pac-12 lead with seven 40-point performances.
» Royce Freeman ranked 11th nationally with 1,475 rushing yards and tied for 12th with 16 rushing touchdowns in 2018.
» The Ducks finished the 2018 regular season with more than 3,000 yards on the ground, averaging 268 yards rushing per game.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT & HONORS
» Oregon has had at least four players taken in each of the last three NFL Drafts, including five in 2021.
» The Ducks have had back-to-back top-10 NFL selections in Penei Sewell (No. 7, 2021) and Justin Herbert (No. 6, 2020).
» Four defensive backs joined Sewell in Oregon’s 2021 NFL Draft class, making Oregon one of just 13 teams in the common draft era to have four DBs taken in the same year.
» In 2020, Kayvon Thibodeaux became the first UO defensive lineman to earn all-America honors since DeForest Buckner in 2015.
» Herbert swept all the sport’s academic honors at both a national and conference level in 2019, highlighted by the William V. Campbell Trophy and his third consecutive spot on the Academic All-America first team.
» In 2019, sophomore Penei Sewell became the first underclassman offensive lineman and first player in program history to win the Outland Trophy.
» To go along with his Outland Trophy, Sewell was named the Polynesian College Football Co-Player of the Year, the AP Pac-12 Co-Player of the Year, the Morris Trophy recipient and a unanimous first-team All-American, just the third in Oregon history.
» Seniors Shane Lemieux and Calvin Throckmorton earned All-America honors along the offensive line with Sewell in
2019, for the second straight year.
» Thibodeaux was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2019 and linebacker Noah Sewell made it two straight for the Ducks in 2020.
» Senior defensive back Ugochukwu Amadi became the first player in program history to win the Lombardi Award in 2018.
» Cristobal’s streak with an offensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft extended to five consecutive years when senior left tackle Tyrell Crosby was taken by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
» Under Cristobal, Crosby allowed only three quarterback hurries and no sacks on his way to being named the recipient of the Morris Trophy as the top offensive lineman in the Pac-12.

RECRUITING AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL
» Cristobal has led Oregon to the Pac-12’s top recruiting class back-to-back-to-back years (2019, 2020 & 2021, with the 2021 class ranking as the highest in program history at No. 3 in the nation according to Rivals.
» Landed 45 ESPN300 signees over the last four classes, with six players in the 2021 class ranking No. 1 in their home states.
» In 2019, Cristobal and his staff landed the then-highest-ranked class in program history at No. 6 by ESPN and Rivals. The Ducks followed that up with the No. 9 class (Rivals) in the nation in 2020.
» Oregon is one of three Power 5 programs to land the top class in its conference each of the last three years (2019 & 2020).
» Cristobal led Oregon’s relentless effort to sign the nation’s No. 13 class in 2018 according to 247Sports, just under two months after being named the head coach and prepping for the Las Vegas Bowl.
» Named the National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports in the 2015 cycle at Alabama and ranked No. 2 nationally in 2016 at the time of his hiring at Oregon.
» Dating back to his arrival at Alabama, Cristobal has led or been part of a staff that has landed a top-15 recruiting class nationally seven consecutive years with six of those being the top in that respective conference and six in the top 10.
» Cristobal’s signees in the 2015 class at Alabama included 2018 NFL first-round picks Minkah Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins), Daron Payne (Washington Redskins) and Calvin Ridley (Atlanta Falcons).

TURNING AROUND A PROGRAM
» The first Cuban-American head coach in FBS history, Cristobal spent six seasons (2007-12) as the head coach at Florida International (FIU).
» Cristobal led the Panthers to the most successful year in school history in 2011, capturing a then program-record eight wins, including a road win at eventual co-Big East Champion Louisville.
» Named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading FIU to its first Sun Belt Conference championship and a bowl victory over MAC champion Toledo.

PLAYING CAREER
» Standout offensive lineman under Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson, Cristobal was a first-team All-Big East selection in 1992 and helped the Hurricanes to a pair of national championships (1989, 1991).
» A native of Miami and a prep standout at Christopher Columbus High School, Cristobal graduated from Miami in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and later earned a master’s degree from Miami in 2001.
» Following his college career, Cristobal signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos in 1994 and then played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe in 1995 and 1996.

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