Nov 23, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone (64) and tight end Pharaoh Brown (85) prior to the snap during the second quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Arizona beat Oregon 42-16. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon linemen hope to be more intimidating in 2014


When most people think of the intimidating aspects of the Oregon football program, they think of the team’s fast-break offense, speedy skill players, and uniforms capable of causing ocular damage. But left tackle Tyler Johnstone wants to change the narrative in 2014 and turn the Oregon offensive line into the team’s most-feared component.

Speaking with CSNNW, Johnstone said the line was embarrassed at times last season:

“We were kind of embarrassed last year. Not because of our lack of skill. We still handled teams really, really well. But when we go out there, we’re not intimidating. We don’t pass the eye test and we want to start passing the eye test. We want that initial intimidation.”

Center Hroniss Grasu also chimed in, saying the whole team has come together this offseason to become stronger:

“What’s nice is that they all knew that we had to get bigger and get stronger. I’m really proud of how the young guys competed in the weight room. They weren’t just in there getting their lift in and then leaving.”

A beefed-up Oregon offensive line could spell trouble for teams throughout the Pac-12. We’ll see what happens when football season begins in…[checks calendar. Becomes depressed.]

[Source: CSNNW]

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