Oregon's duck mascot is hoisted above celebrating fans and players, carrying a bunch of red roses, at the end of an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Oregon beat Oregon State 37-33. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
Greg Wahl-Stephens
May 26, 2015

Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty is transferring to Oregon, where he will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.

Hegarty played in 34 games for the Fighting Irish, including 11 starts last season moving between guard and center. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder could help fill the spot on Oregon's line left open by the departure of center Hroniss Grasu, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears.

Hegarty was a highly touted recruit out of New Mexico. He played nine games for the Irish in 2012 before having a stroke and needing heart surgery.

He made a full recovery and appeared in 12 games in 2013 for Notre Dame.

Oregon also added quarterback Vernon Adams from Eastern Washington as a graduate transfer earlier this year.

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