Oregon Ducks offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone will miss the entire 2014 season after re-tearing his ACL this past week in practice. The Ducks projected left tackle confirmed this news to CSNNW.com. This is particularly frustrating for Johnstone as he tore the ACL in the same knee, his left, in the Alamo Bowl against Texas this past year, so he just finished rehabbing that knee and now has to do it again.
Johnstone has been a three year starter in Eugene and unless he tries to get a medical redshirt designation, this will be his last season at Oregon. He does have the ability to potentially play in the NFL and be drafted, so his decision on whether to pursue a redshirt will be important. Should Johnstone opt to try to come back, he may be doing without a significant number of talented Ducks players who are expected to make the jump to the NFL this year, including quarterback Marcus Mariota and cornerback Ifo-Ekpre Olomu.
The Ducks have been picked to win the PAC-12 Conference by a number of pundits as well as being polled as a top 5 team entering the season, but losing one of their senior lineman as well as Mariota’s blind side protector will make it more difficult to accomplish those goals.