By Brandi Smith
EUGENE, Ore. — A freshman kicker for the Oregon Ducks is in Riverbend Hospital after he was injured in a brawl on Saturday night in the West University neighborhood. Eugene Police confirm Rob Beard was kicked in the head during a fight. Officers tell KEZI 9 News a fight broke out in the area of 17th and Patterson with anywhere from 20 to 40 people involved.
EPD says it started out with name-calling involving a friend of Beard’s, 18-year-old Michael Bowlin, and quickly escalated into a full-on brawl. Beard jumped in to help Bollin and was knocked to the ground. Police say he was kicked in the head multiple times and lost consciousness. Officers found him minutes later, unconscious in the rear seat of a nearby car.
Beard has multiple facial injuries, including fractures under his eyes, a nose fracture and brain contusions, but his mother tells KEZI 9 News he is stable, alert and communicating well.