Not surprisingly, Oregon will again be without one of the top interior offensive linemen in the country.
According to CSNNW.com, Ducks center Hroniss Grasu will not play in tonight’s Pac-12 championship game against Arizona due to a lingering injury issue. Grasu sustained an unspecified injury to his left leg in a Nov. 8 win over Utah.
At the time, he was expected to miss a “couple of games.” With his absence tonight, which the program has not officially announced it should be noted, the lineman will have missed the last three games. Should UO win tonight and qualify for a playoff spot, Grasu would be expected to be healthy enough to play in the semifinals.
Prior to his injury, Grasu had started all 50 games of his collegiate career. This past week he was named first-team All-Pac-12, the third straight season he’s been accorded that honor.
With Grasu out, Hamani Stevens has shifted over from guard to center. That’s expected to be the case tonight against the Wildcats.