Oregon Ducks left tackle Tyler Johnston was hoping to return to the gridiron this fall after tearing his ACL last season in the Alamo Bowl against the Texas Longhorns, but Johnstone’s comeback was derailed when the lineman re-tore the same ACL.
Johnstone confirmed via csnnw.com that he will have surgery on the re-injured knee this Friday and be lost for the season. Johnstone said he was doing non-contact blocking drills the first week of fall practice when he heard the knee pop. Testing confirmed Johnstone’s worst fears about the injury.
Oregon had been set to return all five starters on the offensive line before Johnstone’s injury. Redshirt junior Andre Yruretagoyena will likely take Johnstone’s place at left tackle for the Ducks.
As a reshirt sophomore in 2013, Johnstone was named honorable mention all-conference in the PAC-12. As a key part of the Ducks’ offensive line, he helped Oregon lead the conference in rushing, total offense and scoring while allowing the third-fewest sacks.
The one-time four star recruit out of Hamilton High School was at one point ranked the 16th best prep left tackle by Rivals.com.