Newport Knights senior offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton thrives on the football field and in the classroom.
Throckmorton, who committed to the University of Oregon football program on June 21, earned scholar athlete honors as a junior. Newport head coach Drew Oliver loves to see his team run the ball between the tackles, which fits quite nicely with Throckmorton’s road grader style. The Knights have started the 2014 season with a 1-1 overall record.
“Calvin is a physically imposing guy and he doesn’t make many mistakes. He’s a rock solid leader and has been playing at a high level for such a long time,” Oliver said. “Calvin is a quiet, humble and unassuming kid off the field. I always hear great things about him from his teachers. When he gets on the field he is a fierce competitor and has the competitive fire, which is exactly what you want in a football player. He’s a great combination of brains and brawn.”
Throckmorton has the look of a PAC-12 offensive lineman. He is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds and just simply passes the eyeball test, but before he makes the move to Eugene in the summer of 2015, he wants to do everything he can to make sure the Knights football program succeeds in 2014.
“I can’t wait to go out there and play football with the same guys I have been playing with for the past five or six years. I want to finish off this year strong,” Throckmorton said. “Obviously there still is the pressure of performing my senior year and everything like that, and its something I still have to go out and do. I want to do as well as I can for my team. It’s just a really cool honor and nice to have the younger guys on the team look up to you. It’s a lot of responsibility but at the same time but I enjoy it.”
Throckmorton is playing left tackle for the Knights this season.
“I love playing that position and I definitely embrace it. Hopefully I will be able to play left tackle in college too,” he said.
Throckmorton said he will probably add weight to his frame once he reaches college.
“They (Oregon) want me to keep doing what I’m already doing (workout wise). Obviously our strength coaches here at Newport are doing a great job. We’re doing a lot of stuff similar to what they’re doing at Oregon,” he said. “They (Oregon) just want me to maintain and not get too heavy because they want to be able to put that weight on me once I’m there.”
Football isn’t the only thing on Throckmorton’s mind.
“I want to major in pre-med human physiology. After I graduate from college I definitely want to go to medical school,” he said.