Earned first-team All-America honors from SI.com and SB Nation ... Named as a first-team Pac-12 Conference all-league selection for the second year in a row ... Started all 13 games and was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy ... Recipient of a team award honoring his character as a teammate ... Anchored an offensive line that led the Pac-12 in rushing for the eighth year in row (273.5 ypg), in addition to pacing the league in total offense (565.0 ypg) and scoring (45.5 ppg).
The two-year starter and All-America honoree ran his string of consecutive opening assignments to 27 after manning his outpost for all 13 games his sophomore season ... Earned first-team Pac-12 all-conference accolades for offensive unit that ranked third in the country in rushing (315.23 avg.) and second in scoring (49.54 avg.) enroute to a Fiesta Bowl triumph over Kansas State . . . Threw the key block from about the 12-yard line to spring De'Anthony Thomas on his 23-yard touchdown catch to give Oregon a 15-0 opening-quarter advantage in the Fiesta Bowl.Awarded Ducks' Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman honor (Moshofsky Trophy) following the year for a program that has paced the conference in rushing each of the past seven seasons . . . Was the focus of the front line that included a 2013 first-round NFL Draft choice and paved the way for an offense that elipsed 400 yards on the ground on four occasions . . . Has been the center for the only two teams in school history that accumulated more than 4,000 rushing yards each of the last two years and shared the nation's lead in rushing touchdowns (48) in 2012 . . . Named to the Watch List for Rimington Trophy (nation's most outstanding center).
All-Freshman second team according to Phil Steele ... 14-game starter at center ... Eclipsed 80 plays on five occasions, including a season-high 91 snaps in win over Oregon State ... Part of an offensive unit that ranked third in the nation in scoring, fifth in rushing and sixth in total offense ... Finished top three among offensive linemen in vertical leap (second, 27"), power clean (second, 319 pounds), squat (tied for second, 485 pounds), 10-yard electronic (second, 1.89 seconds), 20-yard electronic (t-first, 3.09 seconds), shuttle run (t-first, 4.41 seconds) and "L" Run (first, 7.73 seconds) during winter conditioning.
A starter on both the offensive and defensive lines, was chosen first-team all-state as a sophomore... Named first-team all-area on offense by the Los Angeles Daily News in 2010 ... 2008 All-Serra League selection ... As a senior in 2009-10, plowed the road as an offensive lineman for a team that racked up 1,958 rushing yards and 2,436 passing yards, and had 37 tackles and four sacks while playing defense ... As a junior in 2008-09, had 27 tackles on defense and blocked for a team that rushed for 1,606 yards and passed for 1,738 more, scoring 27 total offensive touchdowns.As a sophomore in 2007-08, had 33 tackles and tied for a team-high with five sacks while blocking for 1,000-yard rusher and a team that rolled up 2,388 rushing yards and 2,167 passing yards ... Given a three-star rating by Scout.com and selected as the No. 9 center in the country ... Three-star recruit and No. 100 defensive end prospect in the country according to ESPN.com.
Parents: Steve and Mariana Grasu. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Crespi (Jeremiah Ross), 2010. Major: General Social Science.HONORS AND AWARDS
- Oregon center Hroniss Grasu 'ready to play' in Rose Bowl vs. Florida State...Oregon starting center Hroniss Grasu is expected to be back in the lineup for the Ducks against Florida State in the Rose Bowl after suffering a leg injury last month. The senior has not played since suffering a leg injury against Utah on Nov. 8. The Ducks were able to finish the season and win the Pac-12 title with Hamani Stevens playing center, but a healthy Grasu could go a long way in the Ducks' efforts to win the first College Football Playoff. "He's been out there all week going full [speed]," offensive coordinator Scott Frost said via The Oregonian. "We're hoping he's as close to 100 percent as we can possibly get him for the game. "Hroniss is a fighter, one of the best kids I've ever been around. He'll be ready to play. Hroniss has exceptional character."
Grasu is a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and started 50 consecutive games before suffering the injury, which required a minor procedure. "When it comes to game time I'll see how I feel and do whatever it takes to play that game, I can tell you that," Grasu said this week. "Even if I'm in a lot of pain during the game that pain will be all worth it; that's a big game." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com