September 9, 2009
Tessar newest Duck
Pitcher, center fielder, and possibly even wide receiver. That's what Brando Tessar is looking to do next year after he committed to Oregon Head Baseball Coach George Horton.
Tessar was recruited as a two position player on Coach George Horton's baseball team and but Brando Tessar may wind up as a two-sport player before he's done at Oregon. The 6' 0", 185lb. Tessar possesses a fastball with a lot of velocity, a slider that breaks a couple different directions depending on how he throws it, and he's described as a pitcher who is always around the plate. That translates to one simple thing; he throws strikes.
Tessar said Oregon recruited him as a pitcher but that's probably not all he'll do. "They recruited me as a pitcher but they want me to play when I'm not pitching. Center field is what it looks like. I had unofficials and I was getting all my official visits set up. Then I went to Oregon and I knew this is where I wanted to be for the next four years. My family's really happy about it and I'm excited to get up there and get going. I'll go up next summer and take some classes to get a jump on it. I'm already taking college level courses now though. The coaches want you to be on track to graduate in three years. It's amazing how dedicated they are to the student-athletes there. The coaching staff is just great. The programs they get you on are incredible. I just think it's the right program for me, and the one that gives me the best chance to get a great education and maybe get to the next level. I'm working on getting my velocity up with long toss and strength programs and getting ready for next year already. The only way to get better is to put the work in."
As a hitter Tessar brings a quick bat and of course the foot speed that makes him interesting to the Oregon football staff as a wide receiver. He hit .388 with 5 homers, 6 doubles, 14 walks and scored 20 runs during the 30 game schedule during his junior year.
But it's Tessar's arm that Coach Horton might be even more interested in. His 2.62 ERA and the growth of his game throughout the season made believers out of
Tessar has the chance to become Oregon's next two-sport athlete and
Now for football. As a junior, Tessar hauled in 48 receptions for 720 yards and six touchdowns. He ended up the season with 1,033 all-purpose yards, earning him all-league honors. "The coaches said they want me to send them game films of the first three game to see where I might fit in. I was busy this summer so I couldn't come to their camp so they haven't really seen me play like they would've if I'd been there."
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