Oregon redshirt senior free safety John Boyett told the Napa Valley Register that he will have season ending and likely Oregon career ending knee surgery this week.
Boyett did not conduct interviews when requested by KVAL Sports multiple times earlier in the week and now we maybe know why. The Ducks leading tackler in 2011 did not suit up for Oregon's 42-25 win over Fresno State on Saturday.
The article says Boyett will has partial tears in both patellar tendons.
Boyett told his hometown (Napa, CA) newspaper, “I’ve had a lingering injury that I played through all last year. The hope was, through different treatments and certain types of rehab during this past offseason, they would heal up and I’d be ready to go for my senior year. But unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned. I’ve been dealing with a tremendous amount of pain for a long time. At this time, I’m not able to play up to this level that I want to. Five different specialists from around the country have reviewed my MRIs and at this time surgery is needed. The operation is scheduled for Wednesday and the rehab process to get back to 100 percent is approximately six months. It’s a very difficult decision. I have tremendous teammates and made many friends at the university. I’ve grown tremendously as a player and as a person, working under my great defensive back coach, Coach John Neal and the defensive coordinator, Nick Aliotti, who recruited me to the University of Oregon.”
Boyett was a four-year starter and All-Pac-12 second teamer in 2011 when he recorded 108 tackles (67 solo). Boyett had a career-high and game-high 17 stops, plus 13 solo, in the Ducks Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.
He also had a game-high 12 tackles in Oregon Pac-12 Championship Game win over UCLA.