Oregon Ducks Liz Brenner Shooting for Fourth Sport


(Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

It is somewhat becoming common in college athletics for students to play in two different sports while in school. Arik Armstead, who helped the Ducks to a win in the Fiesta Bowl joined Dana Altman and the Men’s basketball team, he is redshirting the rest of this season.

Incoming Class of 2013 member Devon Allen will participate in two sports for the Ducks. You may see him this fall as a wide receiver, he will also participate in Track and Field.

Two solid examples of athetes using their abilities to their highest potential. However there is one athlete who has taken this to the next level.

Jan 5, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Liz Brenner (15) looks to shoot the ball against Stanford Cardinal forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (30) during the first half at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Liz Brenner will participate in not three, but four different sports in her college career at the University of Oregon. According to the story from the Associated Press, it all began in 2011, when Oregon volleyball coach Jim Moore got a knock on his door shortly after the Ducks’ season wrapped up.

It was basketball coach Paul Westhead, wondering if he could “borrow” freshman outside hitter Liz Brenner. Moore, cringing a bit at the thought of injury, reluctantly agreed.

A few of months later, another knock came on Moore’s door. This time it was softball coach Mike White wondering if he could borrow Brenner, too.

Moore sighed and with that, Brenner became the first woman in 35 years to take on three sports at Oregon.

"“I love being around them. I love playing them. I love the competitiveness. It’s just a lot of fun getting to practice and play in games every day.” –Oregon Junior Liz Brenner"

Oregon Football Coach Mark Helfrich even joked he would love to have her on the football team. This year she will add a fourth sport to the list in Track and Field. She will join Robert Anderson and the team following the Women’s Basketball season.

"“I think by me doing so many sports, and switching from one season to another season, I never get tired of just one. I get to look forward to a new season. I get to look forward to something new.” Oregon Ducks Junior Liz Brenner"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Justin Phillips is Sports Reprter for Newsradio 1120 KPNW in Eugene, Oregon