The new Johnny Football? Oregon's Loyd moves from court to gridiron

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014
A former guard on Oregon's basketball team, Johnathan Loyd will try to help the Ducks' receiving corps.
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A 5-foot-8, 163-pounder, Loyd was a star receiver and cornerback at Bishop Gorman. A stellar return man as well -- he took five punts back for touchdowns and averaged 32.6 yards per kick return -- Loyd led Bishop Gorman to the NIAA state title as a senior. He arrived at Oregon the same summer as wide receiver Keanon Lowe, and the two formed a fast friendship. Then, Lowe started to drop hints that he thought Loyd could help the football team.

Johnathan Loyd (10) averaged seven points per game for Oregon's basketball team last season.
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Loyd isn't complaining, though -- the last person to boast that moniker turned in a pretty impressive college career. And now that the original Johnny Football is off to the NFL, a tough, speedy receiver in Eugene is happy to try to become the next player to live up to that nickname.

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