July 19, 2012
Redshirt Review: Tyler Johnstone
The 2012 football season is drawing closer, and Duck Sports Authority continues its Redshirt Review series with another member of the offensive line recruiting class of 2011 Tyler Johnstone.
Johnstone came out of Hamilton a highly recruited athlete, awarded four stars and tabbed as the No. 16 rated offensive tackle in the nation. During his junior and senior seasons at Hamilton the team amassed a gaudy 29-1 record. In addition to his prowess on the offensive line, Johnstone was also an accomplished long snapper in high school.
Johnstone chose the Ducks over about two dozen other offers from across the country, committing on July 20th of 2010.
Johnstone was part of the 2011 recruiting class which included four other prep offensive linemen. Three of those, Jake Fisher, James Euscher and Andre Yruretagoyena. Fisher played as a true freshman at offensive tackle so probably has a leg up on the others, although senior Nick Cody and junior Everett Benyard are also in the mix to start.
Senior OLCarson York
"Tyler is probably the most athletic guy we've got on the offensive line and probably the most athletic guy we've had since I've been here. He runs a sub-5 40 and all that kind of stuff. He's about 280 pounds, he's getting up there. He has some of the best feet of any of the guys in our group. For him it's just a matter of figuring out how to use them and how to use the different strengths that he's been given. He is doing a pretty good job."
Senior OLNick Cody
"I would say he is the energizer bunny of that group. He comes out there and his feet are always working really fast and he is always working really hard. I think the attitude he brings to the field is going to help him a lot because he's out there looking not just to drive guys, but he finishes blocks and puts guys on the ground."
OL Coach Steve Greatwood
"What shows through is his quickness off the ball and his ability to stay on balance in the second level. He's got great speed and he is an athlete. What he needs to continue to do is get his size and strength levels up to par to be able to handle the big guys of the league. He's really good with the edge guys that have the speed and quickness right now. I'm confident he will get the weight up to where it needs to be by fall camp. Tyler got a lot of reps this spring and I'm impressed with what I'm seeing so far.
"I'll take him being a little lighter in the rear end right now if it means keeping his quickness and his athleticism as opposed to trying to bulk up too fast so I'm being very patient with that. His pad level is better but it's still not as good as it needs to be at times. Every day he is going out there and getting more physical and I see a concerted effort by him to push himself every day."
Tyler Johnstone has the opportunity to be a major contributor to the 2012 Duck team assuming he stays healthy and keeps progressing as he has been. Nick Cody is the only player almost certain to start at tackle, but the other side is somewhat open despite the presence of Jake Fisher. Benyard will likely be backing up Cody on the right side so the left tackle two-deep will likely all be members of Oregon's recruiting class of 2011; Fisher, Johnstone and Yruretagoyena.
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