Matt Pierson Reflects on Spring Practices So Far


Last season when former Duck OL Jake Fisher went down with an injury, the man who stepped up to fill his void was No.62, current Duck OL Matt Pierson.

Pierson’s journey to playing for Oregon wasn’t the typical Cinderella story we hear in fairy tales or Disney movies. It was a story centered on motivation and the idea of never giving up on a dream. From high school to college, Pierson was able to completely transform his body into the lean, mean fighting machine it is today. Now, entering next season as a redshirt senior, Pierson certainly has the opportunity to not only serve as a leader for the offensive line, but also the chance to inspire others to pursue their aspirations.

I had the chance to speak with Pierson, on behalf of, and discuss his observations from spring practices and his expectations for next year’s football squad.

The likelihood of Matt Pierson being Oregon's next center is slim, however it doesn't hurt to entertain at the idea of a 6' 6'' and 285 lbs behemoth.

Craig Strobeck

The likelihood of Matt Pierson being Oregon’s next center is slim, however it doesn’t hurt to entertain the idea of a 6′ 6” and 285 lbs behemoth at the positiion.

Today, the coaching staff decided to have a scrimmage, which Pierson thought was beneficial for the new guys that came in just this spring. When asked about what specific position he played during the scrimmage and in spring practices in general, Pierson mentioned how “we have many guys switch in and out of positions to give them more familiarity with different spots on the line. We do this to see which role they perform best in live game situations.” Pierson also spoke about how he’s been taking some reps at center, but he’s been spending most of his time at the guard and tackle positions.

Next, Pierson was asked about his expectations going forward after these four weeks of spring practices. “It’s a common thing for the older guys to help the younger guys when it comes to the O-line. For me, it’s more of being a leader, and stepping up when the teams needs me,” said Pierson.

It seems evident that Pierson wants to fill that leadership gap that former Ducks such as Fisher and Hroniss Grasu had on last year’s team. If anything, he definitely fits the bill of a leader of the offensive line as shown by him coming onto the team as a walk-on and working hard to make his way to the top.

Pierson reflected on a new Duck who joined the team this spring, QB Travis Jonsen. Throughout spring practices, Pierson has noticed how Jonsen is “a quick learner who’s been making great progress everyday.” As the QB competition gets more interesting every day, players such as Pierson are working their tail off to earn a starting position next fall.

Top Photo by Gary Breedlove

Print Friendly

 Volunteer Position Openings:

--Media Management/Supervisor:  We are looking for someone beyond college age who can help manage students and mentor in a number of different departments. Expertise is not required as organizational skills and interest in guiding others.   --Assistant Football Analyst: Love college football and enjoy watching it for hours? We need associates to view games and find the techniques/teaching points we identify for them in advance.  You will be recognized in publications, and could have the opportunity to move to full Analyst.   --College Football Analyst: We are looking for Coaches, or retired coaches to help create analysis videos (we do the video part) that will be viewed by thousands, and will help young football players as well as fans understand the game much better. The national recognition will help your resume' as well as make an impact upon the game we all dearly love.   --Video Specialist: We are looking for help in the Eugene/Springfield area to assist with the shooting and editing of analysis videos.   All Positions: Send a resume' with full contact information and any writing samples you have to  Again, these are volunteer positions donating five hours a week each.

Austin Willhoft

Austin Willhoft

Hey! My name is Austin Willhoft and I'm currently a freshman at the University of Oregon studying Journalism. I lived my whole life down in sunny and beautiful Laguna Beach, CA where I completed all of my prior education. I always have been into sports writing/reporting mostly due to the fact that I love watching, analyzing, and playing all kinds of sports. However, if I were to narrow it down between two sports, it would be basketball and football, both of which I played heavily in high school. I'm thrilled to be working for and most importantly being a third generation to attend the UO. Sko Ducks!