Oregon offensive lineman Everett Benyard III, a redshirt senior from Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego, Calif.), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Benyard was a star offensive tackle earning Eastern League First-Team his junior and senior seasons while guiding his school to a 14-0 record his final year. Benyard received scholarship offers from Arizona, Utah, Washington, Washington State and several other Division 1 programs before choosing the Ducks.
And at 6’7″, you’d be correct in assuming that he played basketball as well. However, he didn’t receive the same type of national attention on the hardwood as he did on the football field. Scout ranked him as the No. 32 OT in the 2009 class while listing him at 323 lbs. He’s slimed down to 305 lbs, still an Oregon team-high. Rivals projected him as the No. 69 OT and No. 99 player from the state of California. Both sites listed him as a three-star prospect.
In 2009, Benyard spent his first season with the Ducks as a redshirt while receiving scout team offensive player of the week honors for a non-conference win over Utah and a blowout Halloween night 47-20 win over USC.
In 2010, Benyard appeared in only one game during the season, a 72-0 win over New Mexico in-which he saw the field for 11 plays. He also earned scout team player of the week honors against Arizona.
In 2011, Benyard saw action in all 14 games including a win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. He saw the bulk of his action at RT, but did move around on the line to accommodate for injuries and late-game action. His biggest performance came in a 56-7 win over Missouri State when he played a career-high 37 plays.
In 2012, Benyard had his career season while seeing action in all 13 of the team’s games and got his first collegiate start against Tennessee Tech. Benyard started two games during the season (Tennessee Tech and Arizona State), both coming at the RT position. He was the team’s top reserve offensive lineman on the right side of the ball.
Going into next season, Benyard will likely continue to be second on the RT depth chart while sitting behind junior Jake Fisher. Both the LG and RG positions are available, and he could possibly win the job over Hamani Stevens or Mana Greig, but it seems likely he’ll it seems likely he’ll continue to serve as the team’s primary reserve on the offensive line.