Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Oregon Football, Eleven Impact Players: Offensive Lineman Tyler Johnstone

In College Football some positions are more important than others, and outside of the skill positions a Left Tackle has a very important role in protecting the Quarterback. Oregon Ducks Left Tackle Tyler Johnstone has a very important season on the horizon that is key for the success of the Oregon Ducks in getting to a National Championship, but Johnstone’s road is a little longer. The then Sophomore tore his ACL during the Alamo Bowl and had surgery in the offseason. He was seen during Spring Practice and said then that rehabilitation was going well and he was on track to return in the Fall.

Of course, Fall Practice that starts on August 4th will go a long way in telling the tale for an injury that typically takes up to eighteen months to come back from. With all the technology and coaching within the rehab it would not surprise me if he returned to the field early in the 2014 season. He may not be back before the Pac-12 season begins, but you never know. Some positions are more physical than others and those ‘in the trenches’ have a tough job. We can hope he has the leg strength to come back at one-hundred percent.

The Oregon Ducks 2014 season begins on Saturday, August 30th hosting South Dakota.(7:30pm PT)

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