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Oregon starting safety confirms he’s done for the season

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Following up on a report from Adam Jude of the Oregonian that first appeared Saturday night, Oregon senior safety John Boyett has confirmed that he will miss the season with knee surgery.

“I’ve had a lingering injury that I played through all last year,” Boyett said in a statement through the Napa Valley Register. “The hope was, through different treatments and certain types of rehab during this past offseason, they would heal up and I’d be ready to go for my senior year. But unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned. I’ve been dealing with a tremendous amount of pain for a long time. At this time, I’m not able to play up to this level that I want to.

“Five different specialists from around the country have reviewed my MRIs and at this time surgery is needed. The operation is scheduled for Wednesday and the rehab process to get back to 100 percent is approximately six months. It’s a very difficult decision. I have tremendous teammates and made many friends at the university. I’ve grown tremendously as a player and as a person, working under my great defensive back coach, Coach John Neal and the defensive coordinator, Nick Aliotti, who recruited me to the University of Oregon.”

Boyett played in Oregon’s season opening win against Arkansas State, where he recorded an interception, but did not play last Saturday against Fresno State.

The surgery will repair partial tears of both patellar tendons. Boyett did not say how the injuries occurred. A senior, Boyett was listed on several preseason award watch lists and All-America lists. Heading into this season, he made 276 total tackles in 39 games.

“It’s a tough situation that I’ve been put in, but I just want to continue to strive to be the best,” Boyett said. “I had very high expectations for myself and this team for this upcoming season. I was ready mentally. It’s just my patellar tendons weren’t allowing me to perform. I felt I was more ready mentally than I ever had been before. I’ve been a leader the past couple of years. I just want to continue to do everything I can to help the team win.

“I’m trying to stay strong. It can all be fixed and I can be back to 100 percent.”

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10 Responses to “Oregon starting safety confirms he’s done for the season”
  1. florida727 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:57 AM

    Here’s hoping he gets a medical redshirt despite playing in the season opener (I’m not sure of the rule on medical redshirting obviously), and can come back to his full potential, especially if he’s highly rated enough to play at the next level.

  2. manchestermiracle says: Sep 10, 2012 9:33 AM


    From Wikipedia-(NCAA redshirt rules)-
    A special case involves the eligibility of a player who loses the majority of a season to injury. Popularly known as a medical redshirt, a hardship waiver may be granted an athlete who appears in fewer than 30% of his or her team’s competitions (with none coming after the midway point of the season), then suffers a season-ending injury. A player who is granted such a waiver is treated for the purposes of his or her eligibility as though he or she had not competed in that season.

  3. duklover says: Sep 10, 2012 10:58 AM

    Get well, John, you will be missed!

  4. papabush88 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:50 PM

    USC fan here. Very sad news. Boyett is a stud. You would think that a guy like me would be happy because it weakens the Oregon defense, but I would never wish for this. Hope he fully recovers ASAP. Fortunately for Oregon, their defense (and overall team) is deadly enough, and deep enough to overcome something like this. Go Pac 12

  5. xtremesportsmaniac says: Sep 10, 2012 2:01 PM


    Speaking of Pac12 can we send Utah and Colorado back? They are an embarrassment to the conference.

  6. seabronco says: Sep 10, 2012 3:36 PM

    That’s too bad, I really wish it would happen to the entire team/coaching staff/fans(excluding people who actually know where Eugene Oregon is).

  7. seabronco says: Sep 10, 2012 3:36 PM

    Sep 10, 2012, 11:01 AM PDT

    Speaking of Pac12 can we send Utah and Colorado back? They are an embarrassment to the conference.

    I agree! Utah has a chance to bounce back, but Colorado lost to sac state.

  8. coachdeforrest says: Sep 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    This is tragic. To John,Thank you so much for all you have done. Part of the greatest moments in the last could of years has been your hits. You have been a tremendous leader of action and not words. I love you as a very loyal Duck Fan.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and the best in your future. I would post this on Red Neck Duck Club Face Book page but it is being repaired. Check it out because there is some things that you might get a kick of. Especially the cartoons and even more the Mike Ryley cartoon where he is getting branded. Just having fun.

  9. coachdeforrest says: Sep 10, 2012 3:40 PM

    Pardon typos! Done from phone and hard to see screen as well as dang predicted text sometime changes words

  10. papabush88 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:42 PM

    Utah needs to do SOMETHING very soon. I know you lost Wynn, but this is a team that has some decent parts to it: solid D, especially on the D-line, a good QB, a good RB and good coaching. Unacceptable to lose that game.

    And to Colorado…you’re an utter embarrassment.
    Overall, good week for Pac 12 with Arizona St dominating, USC winning, Oregon winning, and Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon State upsetting top 25 teams.

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