If there’s a single adjective offensive linemen want most associated with their name it’s “tough.”

It goes with the territory of playing in the trenches. Pass blocking and paving the road in the run game are not for the faint of heart. They’re inglorious tasks, moving other 300-pound men against their desired path so that your team can reach its destination.

T.J. Bass is good at those things; it’s why the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Washington native was a junior college All-American and was ranked the top JUCO guard prospect in the country last year.

It’s also why his new position coach used the same term four times in 51 words to describe what Bass brings to Oregon’s offensive line.

“He’s tough,” offensive line coach Alex Mirabal said. “He’s tough. (From) up in the Washington area, up there in Deming. He’s tough. He’s strong. He’s a good athlete. If you had a basketball team made out of football players you want to pick him. He’s got really good athleticism. He’s got really good feet. He’s physical. He’s tough.”

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