Oregon tight end gets ninth year of eligibility, could return for eighth season


Oregon Ducks tight end Cam McCormick unsure if he’ll return Eugene for its eighth seasonbut he now has nine years of eligibility to work.

McCormick got his ninth grade by NCAA due to tearing his Achilles in 2021, according to The Oregonian.

Oregon Ducks tight end Cam McCormick #84 catches a touchdown pass against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at Autzen Stadium on October 22, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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McCormick spent his first year in a redshirt in 2016 before appearing in 13 games during the 2017 season.

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He suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of his sophomore year in 2018 and subsequently missed the entire 2019 and 2020 seasons.

After playing just two games in 2021, McCormick suffered another season-ending injury. He appeared in 12 games for Oregon in 2022, making nine catches for 64 yards and three touchdowns.

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“I’ve thought about it; it’s a tough decision,” McCormick said after Friday’s practice, according to The Oregonian. “I’m not fully convinced yet what my decision will be. I’m going to continue to enjoy this game with my teammates and make the decision after the game… I couldn’t imagine making it nine. If anything, I asked for it just to get it after Ohio State last year. I tore my Achilles and luckily I was able to get it. The option is there, I have it. That I use it, it’s in the air. Thinking about coming back for a year eight.”

Cam McCormick #18 of the Oregon Ducks catches a pass against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Cam McCormick #18 of the Oregon Ducks catches a pass against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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Oregon’s No. 13 will play North Carlina in the Holiday Bowl December 28.

McCormick has already earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saying he would study yoga or business or pursue internships in order to meet academic requirements.

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McCormick was announced as the winner of the Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award on Wednesday, given to the player who shows courage on and off the field.

Oregon Ducks #18 Cam McCormick stands on the sidelines against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon Ducks #18 Cam McCormick stands on the sidelines against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Autzen Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.
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“We couldn’t be more proud of Cam,” said head coach Dan Lanning. “He has been through so much, both on and off the pitch, throughout his life, and has never given up or stopped fighting to achieve his goals. His ability to persevere and overcome difficulties while always keeping a positive attitude is truly inspiring.

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“Cam is a great role model and a great leader for our football team. He works hard and always treats people the right way, which is a testament to how he was raised by his mother, Deb, and her system of support. He’s a real man from Oregon and incredibly deserving of this honor.”

McCormick is not considered a NFL draft pick, and he’s unlikely to get an invite to the NFL combine.


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