Grasu Appears to be Back

Hroniss Grasu before the Stanford game

Coming into the season, the Ducks appeared to have one of the best offensive lines in the country. Before the season even started, projected starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone underwent double knee surgery ruling him out for the entire year. During the season, starters Jake FisherAndre Yruretagoyena and Hroniss Grasu all suffered various injuries that kept them out for an extended period of time. With Fisher and Yruretagoyena firmly back and ready to play, fans and players have been wondering about Grasu’s status. As reported by Rob Moseley of yesterday, Grasu appears to be back and ready to roll against Florida State.

Many people were wondering whether or not Grasu would be able to make it back for this game. He was initially injured in the Utah game, and it was reported that he might be able to make it back before the end of the season. Unfortunately, the lower leg injury caused Grasu to miss the last three games, including the Pac-12 championship game against Arizona.

What does this mean?

With Grasu back in the mix, the offensive line gets a major lift in veteran experience. Grasu has been around for a long time, and against a tough defense like the Seminoles, having an experienced center to work with Heisman winner Marcus Mariota will most certainly help. This also means that normal left guard Hamani Stevens can move back to that position, as he no longer has to fill in at center. With the exception of Pharaoh Brown, the Ducks now have everyone back on offense.

Stay tuned to, as we will certainly keep you updated with player news leading up to the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.

  • dunkonyerhed

    Well, they have everyone back except for Brown, Johnstone & Addison. Even though the latter two were not expected to be back, they’re still missing. Brown will be missed for sure and on the other side, Ifo cannot be replaced defensively. So there are some key injuries that are going to hurt. Still, I think the Ducks have enough to get past the Noles.

    • Jason Selby

      Yeah I was referring to all the players that they started the year with. Addison and Johnstone we knew we would miss the entire year. Either way, the Ducks are looking pretty healthy heading into the Rose Bowl. Thanks for the read

  • WDM Duck

    Florida State does not have a good defense. That’s a big reason why they’ve struggled this year. They were very good last year. Not so much this year. Oregon faced better Ds against UCLA, Stanford, Utah and perhaps even Washington. Don’t bye the media hype. We should score 50 plus. If that isn’t enough to win, well… we’ve got our own problems on that side of the ball.

    • Jason Selby

      They have a lot of NFL talent on defense. Yes, their defense struggled but they have a solid defense. Either way, having Grasu back makes a big difference. Thank you for taking the time to read