Oregon offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena, a redshirt sophomore from Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.), enters his third season with the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Yruretagoyena was a unanimous four-star recruit by the major recruiting services. Yruretagoyena had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas State, Michigan, UCLA, USC and numerous other Division 1 schools before joining the Ducks.
Rivals listed him as the No. 10 OT in the country and the No. 114 overall player in the class of 2011. ESPN listed Yruretagoyena as the No. 7 OT prospect and No. 102 player from the class. Scout ranked him as one of the top west coast players, notting his aggressiveness/tenacity, intensity, nasty streak as his strengths while knocking him for his size and power.
Yruretagoyena was listed at 266 lbs in high school and has bulked up quite substantially in two seasons under strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe. Yruretagoyena has increased to 288 lbs, according to GoDucks, and has now moved from size being one of his weaknesses to an asset.
In 2011, Yruretagoyena was a member of the scout team while redshirting his first season in Eugene. In 2012, Yruretagoyena appeared in four regular season games with time spent across the offensive line.
Going into next season, Yruretagoyena will battle for one of the two opening guard positions left vacant after the graduations of Kyle Long and Ryan Clanton from last season. Mana Greig and Hamani Stevens should have the inside for the jobs seeing as they have the most experience on the line, but don’t count out an intense battle. Yruretagoyena started at LT in the 2013 Spring Game while nearly half of the team’s offensive linemen were sidelined due to injury.
As you can see in the video below, Yruretagoyena has the ability to pull across the line and provide downfield blocking. His mobility makes him a good pulling guard or a tackle who can keep up with speedy defensive ends.
In particular, take a look at the hit he lays at 0:35 into the video. I could watch that all day!