Oregon wide receiver and Olympic hurdler Devon Allen has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season, according to reports.
DuckTerritory.com was first, confirmed by The Oregonian. Oregon has not responded to requests from USA TODAY Sports.
Allen’s injury occurred during Saturday’s loss to Nebraska. As he was sprinting downfield to make a tackle on a punt return, Allen fell toward the turf, missing the tackle, and quickly grabbed his left knee.
He was taken out of the game and didn’t return. Asked after the game about injuries suffered by Allen and teammate Royce Freeman, an emotional Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said, “I’m proud of them, I’m proud of those guys. But I haven’t heard a final thing.”
Nearly two seasons ago, Allen tore multiple ligaments in his right knee during the opening kickoff of Oregon’s win against Florida State in a semifinal game of the College Football Playoff. He had played an immense role in the Ducks’ push into the championship game, leading the team in touchdown grabs and serving as a key cog in the return game.
That injury prevented Allen from making an impact last fall, as he struggled to regain his freshman-season form in making just nine receptions.
But the Phoenix native had clearly recovered by this summer, winning the NCAA title and the U.S. championship in the 110-meter hurdles before finishing fifth in the event at the Rio Games.
That successful Olympic debut led Allen to look into a career in track, even investigating along with the Oregon compliance department how he could run professionally while maintaining his college eligibility.
Allen had 141 receiving yards and a touchdown during the Ducks’ first three games of the 2016 season.