EUGENE, Ore. — Former Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd’s athletic career with the Ducks isn’t done yet. Loyd will play football for the Ducks next fall, the University of Oregon confirmed Monday.
Loyd suited up in pads for the Ducks’ spring practice Monday and is “committed for the fall”, according to GoDucks.com Editor Rob Moseley. Loyd will wear No. 10, the same number he wore for basketball, while quarterback Damion Hobbs will switch to No. 2.
Loyd recently finished up his Oregon basketball career and is the winningest player in school history with 97 wins.
Because Loyd did not redshirt and is on track to graduate in four years, he can enroll in graduate school and use his final year of eligibility in another sport, a la Greg Paulus at Duke (basketball) and Syracuse (football).
The announcement of Loyd joining the football team was not made until after the interview opportunities Monday, but quarterback Marcus Mariota did weigh in on the unionization of college football players. Below are the post-practice interviews from Monday.
Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota:
Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich:
Oregon Free Safety Erick Dargan:
Oregon Secondary Coach John Neal: