KRISTIAN “Kiko” ALONSO

Outside/Inside Linebacker

University of Oregon Ducks

#47

6:03.3-238

Los Gatos, California

Los Gatos High School

 

OVERVIEW

For all of its offensive firepower, the Ducks have never really boasted a defensive unit that could match up to that on the opposite side of the ball. Former coach Chip Kelly’s ability to score in bunches hid the fact that the Ducks were just a “middle of the pack” squad when it came to containing an opponent.

 

Trying to rectify this matter, Oregon concentrated on recruiting junior college players and talent from California high schools to get a quick fix on the defensive side of the ball. That was the plan when the staff put a “full court press” when it came to luring Alonso to Eugene, Oregon.

 

Alonso was primarily a reserve middle linebacker earlier in his career, but sat out the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury during spring drills. He returned to action as a junior, starting five of the twelve contests he appeared in during the 2011 season. A wrist injury limited the linebacker in the second half of the 2012 schedule, as it forced him to miss the Colorado contest, but the talented tackler would go on to start all twelve games he suited up for during his final campaign.

 

Alonso was a standout pass rusher during his days at Los Gatos High School. He led the De Anza League and Central Coast Section in tackles his senior year with 150 stops (81 unassisted), ranking 32nd in the state with an average of 12.5 tackles per game. He registered double figures in tackles in ten of the twelve games he played in during the 2007 campaign, including a career-best seventeen hits vs. Palma High.

 

That year, Alonso also finished third on the team in quarterback sacks (27) in addition to leading the Wildcats in receiving (35 catches, 559 yards) from the tight end position and ranking as school’s third-leading scorer (42 points). That performance earned the senior All-West Region honors.

 

Alonso was rated the 38th-best linebacker in the nation by Super Prep and placed 83rd on the Scout.com California Top 100 squad. He was also named to the all-Northern California first-team defense by GoldenStatePreps.com and was a third-team All-State choice by CalHi Sports after he helped lead the Central Coast Conference’s sixth-ranked team to the league title (10-1-1) in 2007, with its lone loss his final year coming vs. Gilroy (40-34) in the sectional semifinals.

 

Alonso performed for the scout team during his first year at Oregon in 2008, going on to play in the team’s final twelve games as a reserve middle linebacker in 2009, as thirteen of his sixteen tackles were solo efforts. Primed for a banner sophomore season, Alonso would be sidelined for the entire 2010 season after he suffered a knee ligament tear in spring camp and spent the year rehabilitating from the injury.

 

The junior finished eighth on the team with 46 tackles in 2011, chipping in with 2.5 sacks among his six stops behind the line of scrimmage. In twelve starting assignments as a senior, he ranked second on the squad with a career-high 81 tackles, finishing ninth in the Pac-12 Conference while leading the Ducks with fourteen stops-for-loss in 2012. He also had four interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles while recovering two others.

 

Invited to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl, Alonso decided to decline. Doctors had advised him to spend the time fully recovering from the left wrist injury that he suffered in late October. The injury would cause the player to receive a medical exemption from performing in agility tests at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

 

Looking for one last opportunity to show NFL teams that he was a worthy draft prospect, Alonso did not disappoint those in attendance for Oregon’s Pro Day in mid-March. The senior was timed at 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He then recorded a 30 ½-inch vertical jump, adding a 9’9″ broad jump and was clocked at 4.18 seconds in the 20-yard short-shuttle, followed by a timing of 6.93 seconds in the three-cone drill.

 

Scouts were also impressed with the way he performed in linebacker drills, solidifying his status with the draft approaching. “I think he’s one of the top linebackers out there,” former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said, “and he proved that last year.” Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti chimed in, “Kiko is a tremendous athlete with an unbelievable upside. He’s got that (NFL) build, and he has a chance to have that ability.”

 

CAREER NOTES

Alonso started 17-of-36 games at Oregon, where he recorded 143 tackles (99 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus 18 yards, 21.0 stops for losses of 55 yards and three quarterback pressures…Caused three fumbles and recovered two others…Deflected three passes and gained 68 yards on six interceptions (11.33 avg).

 

2012 SEASON

Alonso started twelve games at middle linebacker, missing the Colorado contest after he suffered a left wrist injury in the Arizona State clash…The senior would have the wrist placed in a soft cast. The injury would linger throughout the second half of the Ducks schedule, preventing him from playing in the Senior Bowl…Surprisingly; he actually was more productive after he returned from sitting out the Colorado contest. Before his injury, he was averaging 6.0 tackles per game and 1.14 stops for loss through seven contests. When he returned from the injured list, he averaged 7.8 tackles and 1.2 stops behind the line of scrimmage through five appearances…Recorded seven tackles, including a stop for a loss of one yard and made an interception in the 48-24 win at Oregon State…Made nine stops (eight solo), including one for a two-yard loss and also forced a fumble vs. Stanford, adding seven tackles at California…Posted a team-high ten tackles, including two for a loss of four yards and recovered a fumble at USC, as he also caught an interception for five yards vs. the Trojans…Had six solo tackles and one stop for a loss of two yards in the Arizona State clash…Recorded a game-high ten stops and forced one fumble, as he also recovered a fumble in a 52-21 victory vs. Washington, as he also had a sack for a five-yard loss and made 2.5 tackles for a six-yard loss and one pass breakup vs. the Huskies …Had seven tackles vs. Washington State…Credited with an interception for a 16-yard return and also had nine tackles, including one for a two-yard loss vs. Arizona…Posted three tackles, including one for a one-yard loss and returned an interception for 41 yards vs. Tennessee Tech…Registered one pass breakup and two QB hurries to go with five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a five yard loss in a 42-25 defeat of Fresno State.

 

2011 SEASON

Alonso was Oregon’s eighth-leading tackler and ranked fourth among linebackers with 46 hits (28 solos), starting five of the twelve games he appeared in…Added 2.5 sacks for minus 13 yards, six stops for losses of 21 yards and a QB pressure…Also gained six yards via two interceptions…Was named the Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game with one interception and five tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for losses of eight yards vs. Wisconsin…Had two tackles for loss (5 yards) among five total stops in Oregon’s win over UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship Game…Recorded his first career interception in a win vs. Oregon State and made six tackles vs. USC…Both tackles in the 53-30 triumph at Stanford were solo stops…Had his first career sack for a loss of six yards among his three solo tackles at Colorado…Delivered a season-high nine tackles, including eight of the solo variety at Arizona…Produced seven tackles, 0.5 for a two-yard loss vs. Missouri State… Registered four tackles and a pressure vs. Nevada.

 

2010 SEASON

Alonso would spend the season rehabilitating from a knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament tear) suffered during the spring.

 

2009 SEASON

Alonso was Oregon’s primary reserve at middle linebacker, playing in the Ducks final twelve games, accumulating sixteen tackles (13 solos)…Had a stop for a 2-yard loss and a personal-best four tackles at Washington…Also forced a fumble with the special teams coverage unit vs. Arizona State.

 

2008 SEASON

The recruit red-shirted as a freshman…Named scout team player of the week (special teams) for his work leading up to win at Arizona State.

 

OFF-FIELD ISSUES

Has had multiple run-ins with police, though (to his credit) none over the past two years. Was charged with a DUI February, 2010, ironically just hours after Kelly had announced that Oregon would be ramping up penalties to players who ran afoul of the law. Alonso was also arrested on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass on May 1, 2011. He ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges to avoid jail time. All indications from coaches and teammates are that Alonso has had a total turnaround off the field. He appears to have proven that he could remake himself away from the field, after two alcohol-related arrests led to two suspensions and doubts about his ability to reach his vast physical potential. “He has been unbelievable since the last bad thing that’s happened, and that’s been over a year and a half now, so that’s kind of neat,” Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said.

 

INJURY REPORT

2010 Season…Missed the entire season after tearing his anterior cruciate knee ligament during spring drills.

2012 Season…Hurt his left wrist vs. Arizona State (10/18) and missed the next game vs. Colorado, returning to action after wearing a soft cast. The injury would prevent him from accepting an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl and he was granted a medical exemption from performing in agility tests at the NFL Scouting Combine.

 

AGILITY TESTS (From March, 2013 Pro Day)

4.68 in the 40-yard dash…1.66 10-yard dash…2.71 20-yard dash…4.18 20-yard shuttle…

6.96 three-cone drill…30 ½-inch vertical jump…9’9” broad jump…380-pound bench press…32 1/8-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…76 5/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Alonso attended Los Gatos (Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Butch Cattolico…Led the De Anza League and Central Coast Section in tackles his senior year with 150 stops (81 unassisted), ranking 32nd in the state with an average of 12.5 tackles per game…Registered double figures in tackles in ten of the twelve games he played in during the 2007 campaign, including a career-best seventeen hits vs. Palma High…That year, Alonso also finished third on the team in quarterback sacks (27) in addition to leading the Wildcats in receiving (35 catches, 559 yards) from the tight end position and ranking as school’s third-leading scorer (42 points)…That performance earned the senior All-West Region honors…Rated the 38th-best linebacker in the nation by Super Prep and placed 83rd on the Scout.com California Top 100 squad…Named to the All-Northern California first-team defense by GoldenStatePreps.com and was a third-team All-State choice by CalHi Sports after he helped lead the Central Coast Conference’s sixth-ranked team to the league title (10-1-1) in 2007, with its lone loss his final year coming vs. Gilroy (40-34) in the sectional semifinals.

 

PERSONAL

General Studies major…Son of Monica and Carlos Alonso…Nickname is “Kiko”…Born Kristian Alonso on 8/14/90 in Newton, Massachusetts…Resides in Los Gatos, California.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 12 00 016  13  03  00  01  00  01.0-01   00  0.0-00    00
2011 12 05 046  28  18  00  00  02  06.0-21   00  2.5-13    01
2012 12 12 081  58  23  02  02  04  14.0-32   03  1.0-05    02
TOTAL 36 17 143  99  44  02  03  06  21.0-55   03  3.5-18    03

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2011  02        06 03.00  00    06
2012  04        62 15.50  00    41
TOTAL  06        68 11.33  00    41

 

ALONSO GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Arkansas St. 09/01/12 Arkansas St. 57-34

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fresno St. 09/08/12 Fresno St. 42-25

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

1

1

5

0

0

0

1

0

2

Tennessee Tech 09/15/12 Tennessee Tech 63-14

Yes

1

41

0

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 09/22/12 Arizona 49-0

Yes

1

16

0

3

6

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 09/29/12 Washington St. 51-26

Yes

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington 10/06/12 Washington 52-21

Yes

0

0

0

2

8

1

3

11

0

1

5

1

1

0

Arizona St. 10/18/12 at Arizona St. 43-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

6

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 10/27/12 Colorado 70-14

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 11/03/12 at USC 62-51

Yes

1

5

0

4

6

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 11/10/12 at California 59-17

Yes

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 11/17/12 Stanford 14-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

8

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Oregon St. 11/24/12 at Oregon St. 48-24

Yes

1

0

0

4

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas St. 01/03/13 Kansas St. 35-17

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

0

Season Totals

4

62

0

23

58

2

13

32

0

1

5

3

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

LSU 09/03/11 LSU 27-40

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nevada 09/10/11 Nevada 69-20

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Missouri St. 09/17/11 Missouri St. 56-7

Yes

0

0

0

5

2

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona 09/24/11 at Arizona 56-31

Yes

0

0

0

1

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 10/06/11 California 43-15

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 10/15/11 Arizona St. 41-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Colorado 10/22/11 at Colorado 45-2

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

6

0

1

6

0

0

0

Washington St. 10/29/11 Washington St. 43-28

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington 11/05/11 at Washington 34-17

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 11/12/11 at Stanford 53-30

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 11/19/11 USC 35-38

Yes

0

0

0

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 11/26/11 Oregon St. 49-21

Yes

1

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCLA 12/02/11 UCLA 49-31

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wisconsin 01/02/12 Wisconsin 45-38

Yes

1

0

0

1

4

1

2

8

1

1

7

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

6

0

18

28

2

5

21

1

2

13

0

0

1

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Boise St. 09/03/09 at Boise St. 8-19

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Purdue 09/12/09 Purdue 38-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Utah 09/19/09 Utah 31-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

California 09/26/09 California 42-3

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington St. 10/03/09 Washington St. 52-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

UCLA 10/10/09 at UCLA 24-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington 10/24/09 at Washington 43-19

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

USC 10/31/09 USC 47-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stanford 11/07/09 at Stanford 42-51

Yes

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona St. 11/14/09 Arizona St. 44-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Arizona 11/21/09 at Arizona 44-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon St. 12/03/09 Oregon St. 37-33

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio St. 01/01/10 Ohio St. 17-26

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

0

0

0

3

13

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

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