Oregon Ducks senior offensive lineman Nick Cody has been ruled academically ineligible and will not join the team in its upcoming Fiesta Bowl appearance, according to a press release sent out Friday by the university.
Cody, the Brush Prairie native who played high school football at Hockinson High, and junior defensive lineman Axel McQuaw did not meet “the minimum NCAA academic requirements” to participate in the Jan. 3 BCS bowl game in Scottsdale, Ariz.
On Friday night, Cody did not return messages from The Columbian seeking comment.
A force on the right side of Oregon’s offensive line, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Cody started 18 games through his five-year career. In the past two seasons when Cody played as a regular starter, the Ducks’ rushing offense ranked first and third in Division-I football, respectively.
This past fall, Cody started six games but told The Columbian in late November that he had suffered an unspecified injury. Cody stated that he could not comment on the specifics of the injury due to team policy — “I’m just saving my own (tail) from getting chewed out,” Cody said.
However, Cody revealed that the injury had limited his play.
“I’m having a little bit of an injury this season,” Cody said in the November interview. “Not starting the last couple games and not playing like I used to be.”
Cody did not start in the annual Civil War game against Oregon State on Nov. 24, which has turned out to be his last in an Oregon uniform.
Also, during the interview with The Columbian, Cody revealed that he was looking forward to the Fiesta Bowl as well as his future as a possible NFL draft pick. Cody said that he still had “a lot left to prove in bowl games,” and expressed that agents have tried to contact him but he needed to ignore them until the end of his collegiate career.
“I have big dreams,” Cody said in the interview, “and big goals for myself. I set the bar pretty high and invest myself all the way.”