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Kyle Long has slowly emerged as a force for the Oregon Ducks.
Another player with something to live up to, Kyle Long, now finds himself burdened with the reputation of his family, but the pressure comes only from himself.
The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and the brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long, the Ducks lineman has had a strangled route to bowl season but is a fearsome talent.
Starting as a pitcher at Florida State, Long ran into trouble when arrested for DWI in 2009. Although drafted in the 23rd round by the Chicago White Sox, Long moved to Saddlebeck College.
He then reinvented himself as a football player, playing defensive end before switching to the offensive side of the ball and then Oregon in 2012.
Denied another year of eligibility by the NCAA, Long will be on a lot of teams’ boards when the draft rolls around, so the Fiesta Bowl is a good chance to show that his inexperience won’t prevent him from starting in the NFL.
Long had never played at guard before November last year, but now finds himself approaching the draft. His natural athleticism has enabled him to adapt to every new sport, school and position, so don’t expect the NFL to be any different.