March 11, 2009

Redshirt Review: Carson York

Carson York did not take the same path as the rest of the Class of 2007. An injury to his shoulder late in his senior year while preparing for an All-Star game sent him down the greyshirt path. Sitting out 2007 and re-signing with the Ducks, York used his redshirt year during the 2008 campaign.

With an ideal interior lineman frame at 6-foot-5 290 pounds, York passes the eyeball test. But like all young men who have grown so fast, it takes some time for their strength to catch up to their size. Coach Steve Greatwood believes York spent his redshirt season doing exactly that.

"I think he's improved his strength levels," began the offensive line coach. "It's really the first full season he has had. I was a little concerned he missed two and a half weeks of the off-season conditioning. They did that new procedure where they spin the blood in the knee and to try to get the inflammation down, but he's been out there the past week and seems to be moving around pretty well."

Historically very few redshirt freshmen play significant minutes at the University of Oregon, though it has been done. This year will be different due to the large graduating class. The coaches will be relying on the young guys immediately.

"I think he's going to be a real key guy this year, particularly with Hamani's departure," Greatwood said. "We've got him doing snapping and he's going to mix in at guard. He needs to provide me with versatility and I think that he does."

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