Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty announced Tuesday that he will spend his grad transfer year at Oregon. The Oregon Gridiron Twitter account put out a Tweet on Tuesday confirming the news, while welcoming Hegarty in the process.
— OregonGridiron (@OregonGridiron) May 26, 2015
Hegarty is the second grad transfer the Ducks have secured this offseason, as they previously got Vernon Adams, an All-American quarterback at Eastern Washington, to commit to the program. Hegarty chose Oregon over Florida State.
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The fifth-year senior could be an immediate contributor at center as the Ducks’ O-line looks for someone to step into the shoes of four-year starting center Hroniss Grasu.
Hegarty announced in March that he would play his fifth year elsewhere after starting 11 of the final 13 games for the Irish at center and guard. That bodes well for Hegarty as Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood likes for his offensive linemen to be versatile, a trait that served the Ducks well last season when they experienced several injuries along the line.
Oregon, of course, is coming off a fantastic season that saw them win the Pac-12 title but lose to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. They beat Florida State in the Rose Bowl semifinal and finished with a 13-2 record.
The Ducks will open their season at home against Eastern Washington on September 5.