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