The new face around spring football practice is no stranger to an Oregon uniform. Point guard Johnathan Loyd, who was basketball coach Dana Altman's first recruit at UO four years ago, became football coach Mark Helfrich's latest commit after practicing with the team at wide receiver Monday and committing to play for the Ducks next fall. Loyd can play football because of the five-year athletic window athletes are afforded. In 2009, the tactic was notably used by Greg Paulus, who was Duke's point guard for four years before joining Syracuse football as quarterback for one season. For the 5-foot-8 Loyd, who will wear No. 10, Monday's practice was the realization of an idea he's mulled since September, according to his high school coach, Tony Sanchez. Before Oregon's academic year began in late September, Loyd returned to his home in Las Vegas and met with Sanchez -- who remains the football coach at Bishop Gorman High -- about the idea of playing football again. It was the second time Loyd had come to Sanchez with a similar idea after he joined Gorman's football team several weeks into his senior prep year after taking two seasons off.
Johnathan Loyd joins Oregon football to prolong Ducks career
Oregonian | Apr 8