Hegarty lands at Oregon

Matt Hegarty’s departure from Notre Dame didn’t grab the headlines of Everett Golson. But like the former Irish quarterback, Hegarty is also joining a College Football Playoff contender.

Based on his virtual introduction, Matt Hegarty has diversified his wardrobe.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Oregon football Twitter account broke the news that former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty would join the Pac-12 program for his final season of eligibility. It showed Hegarty’s No. 77 in four different uniform combinations.

Hegarty started the final 10 games of last season for the Irish, the last nine coming at center.

Notre Dame asked Hegarty back on the roster for his final season, but the product of Aztec, N.M., wanted to remain at center. Brian Kelly wanted Hegarty at left guard, with Nick Martin now fully healthy following a hand injury that dogged him much of last season. That meant Hegarty would be in competition with Quenton Nelson and Alex Bars for playing time.

If Hegarty had returned, it would have given Notre Dame its most experienced offensive line in terms of career starts under Kelly.

Instead of move positions in South Bend, Hegarty moved programs to Eugene.

On paper, the move seems ideal for Hegarty, an athletic interior offensive lineman, who is quicker than strong for the position. And it’s clearly a bump for the Ducks, who lost three starters off last season’s Pac-12 championship squad, including center Hroniss Grasu, who started more than 50 games at Oregon and was a three-time all-conference pick.

After snapping to Florida State transfer Everett Golson last season, Hegarty will now work with incoming quarterback Vernon Adams at Oregon. Adams is also a fifth-year transfer, joining the program from Eastern Washington, which is the Ducks opener on Sept. 5.

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