With all the attention (rightfully) being paid to quarterback Marcus Mariota’s decision to forgo the NFL Draft and return to the University of Oregon for his junior season, Hroniss Grasu’s announcement was lost in all the hullabaloo. Grasu, a redshirt junior, announced on Tuesday that he will also be returning to the Oregon Ducks next season.
Grasu released a brief statement through GoDucks.com:
The University of Oregon is a special place and I’m extremely happy to be returning for my senior year. To be a student-athlete in this community is an honor and an experience I’ll continue to cherish with my teammates.
Grasu has started at center for three years for the Ducks. He’s been named first-team all-conference twice in his career and was a candidate for the Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, and Rimington Trophy this season. While his return to the team won’t be as discussed and dissected as Mariota’s, his decision is one Oregon fans should be excited about.
(Those looking to learn more about Grasu should check out this piece Jason Quick of The Oregonian wrote earlier this year.)