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Oregon Ducks tight end Cam McCormick suffered torn right Achilles at Ohio State, remains positive: ‘He’s doing well’

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 9/15/2021 Aaron Fentress, oregonlive.com
a person wearing a helmet: Cam McCormick at the Oregon Ducks spring football game, Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones, for The Oregonian/OregonLive © Provided by OregonLive.com Cam McCormick at the Oregon Ducks spring football game, Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones, for The Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon Ducks tight end Cam McCormick suffered a torn right Achilles during Saturday’s 35-28 win at Ohio State, according to his mother, Deb McCormick.

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal announced Monday that Cam McCormick would be out for the season with an unspecified leg injury.

The injury, which occurred while making a 16-yard reception, is yet another blow to the playing career of McCormick, out of Bend’s Summit High School. McCormick returned to action on Sept. 4 against Fresno State in this season’s opener for the first time since the opening game of the 2018 season when he broke his left leg. He underwent several surgeries and setbacks while working his way back to health and earned the start at the Buckeyes.

a group of people watching a football game: Cam McCormick at the Oregon Ducks spring football game, Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones, for The Oregonian/OregonLive. Serena Morones, for The Oregonian/OregonLive © Serena Morones Cam McCormick at the Oregon Ducks spring football game, Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones, for The Oregonian/OregonLive. Serena Morones, for The Oregonian/OregonLive

McCormick, who missed his entire senior year of high school sports (football, basketball, track and field) because of an ACL injury he suffered during football practice, remained positive following Saturday’s setback. He tweeted later that day: “Wouldn’t trade this day for anything. Today was a day I’ll remember forever! Thank you for all the incredible love and support.”

On Monday, McCormick tweeted: “Aside from an injury, the experience and W is all that matters.”


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McCormick blocked well on several running plays during Saturday’s game. Then, in the second quarter with Oregon facing a third down at its own 3-yard line, McCormick made his first reception since 2018 on a play-action pass that gained 16 yards to the UO 19.

After being tackled, however, McCormick remained down on the field. Team trainers tended to him before McCormick eventually stood up and used his left foot to hop off of the field. He did not return to the game.

According to Deb McCormick, who talked to her son on the sideline via phone from her home in Bend, the initial diagnosis was a potential calf strain. But that later changed to a torn Achilles.

“Watching from home and seeing the camera pan over the top of him wincing in pain was the worst feeling I’ve ever had as a parent,” Deb McCormick said. “I was completely helpless at that moment. It warmed my heart to see the players around him, especially Travis Dye, holding Cam’s helmet in his hands with such care and concern. It was a true brotherhood moment.”

Cam McCormick underwent surgery on Monday and plans to return next season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

“He’s doing well,” Deb McCormick said. “Compared to what he’s been through, this recovery seems like a piece of cake. He is riding high off the win at Ohio State and the ability to actually go through fall camp and play in the first two games. It’s really re-energized him.”

— Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress(Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress(Facebook).

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