Oregon will rely on left tackle Crosby
EUGENE — Tyrell Crosby, slotted to take over the starting spot at left tackle for Oregon this fall, was one of 70 players named to the Outland Trophy Watch list Friday.
After two seasons starting mostly at right tackle, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Crosby will replace four-year starter Tyler Johnstone protecting the quarterback’s blind side.
“His skill set for a big, tall, rangy guy is exactly what you are looking for in a left tackle,” offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said during spring practice.
The Outland Trophy is presented to college football’s best interior lineman as voted on by the Football Writers Association of America. Stanford’s Joshua Garnett won the award in 2015.
Merritt lands at Texas A&M
Former Oregon wide receiver Kirk Merritt, who announced his intention to transfer last month, has decided to restart his promising collegiate career at Texas A&M.
Merritt, a former four-star recruit, had an opportunity for more playing time with the Ducks after catching five passes for 61 yards as a true freshman in 2015.
But Dillon Mitchell, a member of the 2016 recruiting class, stole the show during the spring game with two long touchdown receptions in the public audition to help replace Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall.
Pac-12 media day
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich will be joined by running back Royce Freeman and linebacker Johnny Ragin at the Pac-12 media day event next week in Los Angeles.
The trio will appear on the Pac-12 Networks’ live coverage Thursday at 11:58 a.m. (Helfrich) and 12:12 p.m. (Freeman and Ragin).
The Pac-12 media poll will also be released Thursday.