Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long, son of former NFL player Howie Long, was denied an appeal for another year of eligibility and will end his college career on Jan. 3 in the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State, the Eugene Register-Guard reported.
Long was seeking a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA. He initially enrolled at Florida State, but a battle with chemical dependency delayed his career. As a result, he lost one year of eligibility.
Long started 10 of 12 games in his only season with the Ducks and helped the offense rank third in FBS in rushing and second in points per game. An ankle injury kept him out of two early games. He moved from tackle to guard in November.
According to NFLDraftScout.com, the 6-foot-7, 312-pound Long ranks as the ninth best offensive tackle prospect in the NFL draft and 75th overall. He's projected as a second- or third-round pick in April.
Long's brother, defensive end Chris Long, currently plays for the St. Louis Rams.