Kyle Long‘s career at Oregon has been anything but lengthy. Now, he won’t get an opportunity to try to play one more year with the Ducks.
Per the Eugene Register-Guard, Long has been denied another year of eligibility from the NCAA. That means next month’s Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State will be Long’s last game with the Ducks. Long has yet to comment on the matter officially.
Also, as we usually do with matters pertaining to the NCAA, here’s Bylaw Blog’s take on why Long was denied another year. It’s simple, really, but always worth a look.
The senior offensive lineman only played one season with Oregon and was hampered with an ankle injury early on in the year. Long, the son of NFL star Howie Long and brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, initially signed with Florida State out of high school.
Long (pictured, No. 74) is considered a raw talent — he played both guard and tackle this year — but lacks experience. Oregon’s offense was again one of the most explosive in the country thanks to its O-line. The Ducks finished third nationally in rushing yards and second in points per game.