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Oregon hoops player leaving impression on football program

Johnathan Loyd

What happens when you run out of NCAA eligibility in one sport but still have a chance to play another season? You switch from basketball to football, of course. That is what one Oregon basketball player is doing this fall.

Johnathan Loyd is looking to find a spot on the Oregon football team this season, which we reported on last week. He is giving a shot at playing wide receiver. For Loyd the challenge is finding out if he has the mentality to dig deep and compete at a high pace, and let’s be honest, few programs will throw as much on offense to players as Oregon with the up-tempo style. There is no time to take a breather, but Loyd is up for the challenge with head coach Mark Helfrich lending his support.

“I’d been curious to see if I could play at this level,” Loyd said in a story by the Associated Press. “I love the University of Oregon, and I love to see the Ducks win. So if I can’t do it in basketball anymore, I wanted to try another sport, to see if I could contribute.”

Helfrich has been more than willing to allow Loyd a chance to compete. Helfrich made note there are some signs of some rust from a player who has not played football since high school.

“The guy had a great attitude in the spring — but you could tell he hadn’t played football for five years,” Helfrich said. “It’s not like he’s showing up and playing intramural flag football. He’s playing elite-level Division I football. There’s rust. There’s uncertainty.”

Loyd admitted there was a need for making some adjustments while he broke out of his basketball shell.

“When I first started in the spring I was still in basketball mode. I came off the line and wasn’t going as hard as I could, trying to find my way. That kind of hurt me, I think,” he said. “But I’m out of that now.”

Instead of a helmet sticker, let’s give an assist to our friends over on College Basketball Talk for the find here.

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3 Responses to “Oregon hoops player leaving impression on football program”
  1. musketmaniac says: Aug 15, 2014 12:47 AM

    If the ocean was whiskey and I was a duck I’d swim to the bottom and never come up.

  2. hardballtalkusername says: Aug 15, 2014 6:53 AM

    “Johnathan Loyd is looking to find a spot on the Oregon football team this season, which we reported on last week.”

    Last week? The linked article is from April 9th.

  3. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 15, 2014 2:02 PM

    I like how he claims he was defending himself. Really? Defending yourself from a drunken female by breaking her face? You do NOT hit a woman. You walk away. You don’t break four bones in her face. What a tough guy.

    I’m sure Oklahoma is in the process of negotiating hush money to the victim and the charges will be dropped so this guy can play together with DGB.

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