March 15, 2011

Junior OL looking for PT

Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has his work cut out for him in 2011. He will be replacing four graduated seniors off a unit that helped forge the way to the national championship game. The three juniors on the roster will be relied upon heavily to replace the gaps in the line.

Not one of the three junior scholarship linemen on the 2011 Oregon spring roster was recruited in the same class. First on the scene was Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Carson York who signed with the class of 2007 and delayed his enrollment until winter of 2008 while rehabilitating a high school injury. Brush Prairie, Washington product Nick Cody signed with the class of 2008, and in spring of 2010 Ryan Clanton joined the team as a junior college transfer from Bakersfield, California by way of City College of San Francisco.

The most experienced of the junior OL is York, who started at guard in eleven of Oregon’s 13 games last year after starting twelve of the 13 games in 2009. Greatwood gave his thoughts on the progress of the recipient of numerous academic accolades.

“It is going to be interesting now because even though Carson is a junior he is the same age as the seniors,” said Greatwood. “He will be in an elder statesman sort of role for the first time. I want to see more consistent play out of Carson this year. I wasn’t as pleased with him after this last year as I was after his redshirt freshman year. He’s got to be able to come more powerful, he needs to get stronger.”

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