EUGENE, Ore. — Duck senior free safety John Boyett’s season – and likely Oregon career – are over. Boyett told his hometown newspaper, the Napa Valley Register, that he’ll have surgery to repair partial tears in both patellar tendons.
He read the following statement Sunday:
“I’ve had a lingering injury that I played through all last year. The hope was, through different treatments and certain types of rehab during this past offseason, they would heal up and I’d be ready to go for my senior year. But unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned. I’ve been dealing with a tremendous amount of pain for a long time. At this time, I’m not able to play up to this level that I want to. Five different specialists from around the country have reviewed my MRIs and at this time surgery is needed. The operation is scheduled for Wednesday and the rehab process to get back to 100 percent is approximately six months. It’s a very difficult decision. I have tremendous teammates and made many friends at the university. I’ve grown tremendously as a player and as a person, working under my great defensive back coach, Coach John Neal and the defensive coordinator, Nick Aliotti, who recruited me to the University of Oregon.”
Boyett led the Ducks in tackles in two of his three seasons with Oregon. He totaled 278 tackles, 10 interceptions and two blocked kicks.