EUGENE - Oregon senior left tackle Tyrell Crosby has some unfinished business.
He wants to leave the program as a winner following a 4-8 season in 2016. He wants to win the Outland Trophy given to the best college football interior lineman.
“That’s a huge personal goal for myself,” Crosby said.
Mostly, he just wants to simply play again after missing 10 games his junior season with a broken foot.
“Last season was really hard on me,” Crosby said.
Crosby missed the opener, played the second game then was lost for the season in game three at Nebraska. The Ducks were 2-1 at the time before going on to lose seven of their final nine minus Crosby to anchor the line.
Not able to contribute, Crosby grew as a leader. He watched the game from the sideline, took in information from a coaches perspective and offered encouragement and advice to a line that relied heavily on four redshirt freshmen.
“It allowed me to grow and see from a different perspective on areas I can improve on whether leadership or pushing myself to find more motivation to be as good as I can be,” Crosby said.
Now back, he finds a stronger line to work with and is ready to be their leader.
“It’s really nice to get Tyrell back to add that experience,” redshirt sophomore guard Shane Lemieux said. “To see his talent is pretty incredible to watch.”
Once finally health last offsesaon, Crosby aggressively worked on his strength and was able to hit the 500-pound mark in the squat and set the team offensive line by power cleaning 367 pounds, breaking the old record of 363 set by Max Unger. The added power, Crosby hopes, will make him a more dominant player.
“I love just trying to take someone from point A to point B against their control,” Crosby said. “And hopefully just push them on their back at the end of it.”
Crosby is destined to be a NFL Draft pick next spring. He wants the bridge to that moment to be filled with winning.
"I want to leave here knowing I did as much as I could to help the team," Crosby said.