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Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd to join football team as WR

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Johnathan Loyd set the UO career wins mark in basketball.  (USATSI)
Johnathan Loyd set the Oregon career wins mark in basketball. (USATSI)

Oregon senior point guard Johnathan Loyd will join the Ducks' football team for the 2014 season, according to The Oregonian.

Loyd finished his four-year career on the hardwood with a tough loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, but a five-year window for athletic competition leaves him one year of eligibility in another sport -- the same rule that allowed Greg Paulus to play football for Syracuse in 2009 after playing four years of basketball at Duke.

The speedy 5-foot-8 point guard will play wide receiver for the Ducks and wear No. 10. Loyd did not speak to the media after Monday's practice, but his high school coach, Tony Sanchez, thinks he can have an immediate impact for Mark Helfrich's squad.

"He's the fastest player I've ever seen in a football field," Sanchez told The Oregonian. "Live in-person, he moves in an entirely different speed. I think he'd be a dynamic guy in the return game, he could do some really neat things as a receiver and for us he was a phenomenal corner. I hope it works out for him.

"He's been competing, he's in shape, he's a great athlete, I wouldn't be shocked one bit to see him to do some very helpful things for those guys in the fall. I can't wait to go get myself a Johnathan Loyd jersey."

Loyd set school records for career wins (97) and games played (144) on the basketball court and was named the Pac-12 tournament MVP in 2013 after leading the Ducks to a league title and eventually a Sweet 16 appearance.

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