Monday, June 27, 2011

Getting to know the 2011 Oregon Duck newcomers: Tyler Johnstone

Tyler Johnstone
OL – 6-6, 250, 4.93
Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)

2010 stats: team record 29-1, 25 straight wins, 2 consecutive state titles. Rushing offense 264 yards per game, 7.4 yards per carry, 46 rushing touchdowns
The stereotypical offensive lineman is a bit of a Ferdinand the Bull, a lazy, easy-going guy who lacks the drive to play defensive tackle.

Not anymore. Tyler Johnstone is very much in touch with his inner Brian Urlacher. He brings a linebacker's intensity and aggression to the offensive line, and it's impressive to watch. He has great drive as a football player, a guy who competes hard on every play. It's clear he wants to win, and understands winning means winning the confrontation in front of you. Part of the reason he plays in such a focused, intelligent way is that he's also a 4.0 student. So much for the meme about offensive linemen with a lack of drive.

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