Max Unger: A Eugene (Oregon) Perspective

Shortly after the 2009 NFL Draft concluded, I looked at the seven players selected by Seattle. I was fairly optimistic about our performance over the weekend; everything I’d read about the players we drafted looked positive, and they all seem like they’ll be good players in the NFL.

There was a problem, however.

Prior to researching for the 2009 draft, I’d never heard of some of these guys. I follow college football, but the majority of the guys I’ve actually watched spent most of their time kicking the hell out of my team. I was more interested in changing the channel rather than trying to determine the next Pro Bowl player.

Assuming it is the same for a lot of fans, I decided to obtain unique perspectives and opinions of these new Seahawks. Most of us have read their combine profiles, looked them up in draft guides, or (even worse) trusted the “experts” on television. But for the majority of us, that is the most we know about them.

So I figured the best way to learn about a player is to go straight to the source: the fans (and writers) who watched them mature and develop into stars at their respective colleges.

As a result, I reached out for information regarding particular players drafted by Seattle last weekend. The first player I inquired about was new offensive lineman Max Unger.

Andy McNamara (Assistant Director Media Services, Oregon Football) writes a blog at called Duck Feed. I’ve already developed a positive opinion about Unger, but Mr. McNamara was kind enough to offer his perspective:

Based on early draft projections, the Seahawks obviously received great value with their pick of Max Unger at No. 49 overall. But more importantly, they selected a player with the intelligence and character to match his physical tools. Max is as grounded off the field as he is competitive on it, and he’ll be an outstanding ambassador for the NFL and city of Seattle.

As a player, he was arguably the top offensive lineman for one of the nation’s top collegiate rushing offenses (No. 2 in 2008) from the early stages of his redshirt season in 2004 until the end of his 51st consecutive start, where he blew open holes and helped wear down Oklahoma State’s defense in Oregon’s 42-31 Holiday Bowl romp this past December.

Always one of the first players on the field before the start of practice, I expect that Max will soak up everything Seattle’s coaching staff throws at him and emerge as a formidable option at whatever spot is chosen for him along the offensive line.

Everything McNamara wrote about Unger reinforces my assumptions. I am looking forward to upcoming camps and next season with Unger, and looking forward to watching him develop as a Seattle Seahawk.

Is everyone else as excited about Max Unger as I am?

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  • Chad

    Yeah he sounds like a great guy

  • JJ

    I went to Oregon and Unger came to UO my second year as a student, so I saw him play for all four of his years here. During the initial two years the Oregon O-Line was a constant source of debate, however; never during that time or at any other during his tenure did Unger ever draw even the most modest of criticisms and it is safe to say most all knowledgeable Oregon fans would say he was the most consistent of his unit during the uncertain times for the group as a whole, and the leader of a seasoned, veteran unit that by his senior year was the decided strength and pillar of one of the nations most dynamic offensive teams. The most important thing amongst all of this could however be Unger’s cerebral nature and his chameleon-like skill set, which allowed him to not only play, but earn All Pac-10 honors at two different spots on the O-Line as a Duck. There is no doubt in my mind that 7-10 years from now Unger could be playing himself into the biggest steal of the 2009 Draft.

  • will

    Let me say that I’m an Oregon alum and big fan of the ducks and Unger.

    However, Mr. McNamara’s job is to provide glowing information about the ducks. Of course you got a positive assessment of Unger. You asked someone from the University of Oregon media services department for their opinion about a former University of Oregon player.

    With all that said, Unger kills it and was a great pick!

  • Shaun Dolence

    Yeah, I didn’t expect anything less from him. Unger is worthy of praise, though.

    I agree, it was a great pick by Seattle. I think he’ll develop into a very good offensive lineman in the NFL.

  • Chris

    Shaun Dolence, I am not sure who you are. Are you employed by the Seahawks? Do you receive a salary from them? I am curious because you state..”OUR performance”…I mean no disrespect. I appreciate your articles. I am simply pointing out a pet peeve of mine when it comes to fans & sports writers using the words “our & us” when referring to pro sports team…Hey, I am guilty too. LOL.

    The guys from Oregon will turn out to be great assets to the Seahawks…Just like Maurice Morris was. Too bad he is a business though. Unger is a technician. He can create holes, protect the quarterback and get down field. I believe you will be impressed with his overall performance during his NFL career.

  • Shaun Dolence

    I suppose it is just a bad tendency of mine to use those words when talking about the Seahawks. As a fan (and homer) it just comes naturally, I guess. I wasn’t even aware that I was using incorrect language, but I’ll try and catch myself in the future.

    I agree with you about the players from Oregon. As a Husky, it kills me to say it, but they’ve got some talented players wearing green and gold down there. As long as their talent translates into NFL success, they might as well stay in the Pacific Northwest. I really like Unger’s potential, and Reed has the work ethic and passion to overcome his physical limitations.

    And unfortunately, no, I’m not receiving a salary from the Seattle Seahawks.