March 15, 2010

Coaches' Corner: Hroniss Grasu

Enoka Lucas, Max Unger and Jordan Holmes have some things in common. They are last three centers to play for Steve Greatwood at the University of Oregon. They all play at a level that attracts teams from the Sunday league. And they all have been the leaders of their units.

Holmes is entering his senior year, as is backup Max Unger. For the 2010 season, center appears to be in solid hands. After that, a new player must be ready to take the role. On the current roster, sophomore Carson York and redshirt freshman Karrington Armstrong are strong possibilities. The Ducks would like to add more depth and Class of 2010 signee Hroniss Grasu has the tools to be the right guy.

Duck Sports Authority spoke with Oregon offensive line Coach Steve Greatwood about the incoming prospect.

"The first thing that attracted me to Hroniss as a junior was his overall athleticism," Greatwood began. "He can really run and he's a very good defensive end. He played tackle and then moved into the center position for his senior year. That's the kind of athlete I'm looking for at that position and if he progresses as I think he will, he could be the next center here for a long time to come."

Expectations out of Greatwood and Duck fans for the center position are high having been subjected to outstanding play for many seasons. An ideal center can not only play his position, but lead his unit, as the last three at Oregon have done. The veteran offensive line coach does everything to encourage it.

"Over the years my center has been the leader of my group," Greatwood said. "I had Enoka Lucas when I first took the line back (from Coach Neal Zoumboukos), then Max Unger and now Jordan Holmes is unquestionably the leader of our current group. That's one of the qualities that I want in that group and I assume Grasu will be that kind of guy."

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