A second University of Oregon football player, offensive lineman Sam Poutasi, is suing the school, the NCAA, former coach Willie Taggart and former strength coach Irele Oderinde over workouts that occurred in 2017.
Poutasi filed his lawsuit Thursday, a day after former teammate Doug Brenner filed a similar complaint. Poutasi is seeking $5 million in damages for "physical and emotional pain, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, and diminishment of avocational abilities" related to the workouts that left Brenner, Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis.
Poutasi claims he suffered "serious and permanent injuries" as a result of the workouts. His lawsuit was filed by the Portland firm Pickett Dumming McCall and was first reported by The Daily Emerald.
Poutasi's lawsuit closely mirrors the one filed by Brenner through a different law firm. Poutasi adds that Taggart and Oderinde told the team initial reports of the workout incident were "overblown," that the incident was "no big deal" and that there was "nothing wrong" with the workouts.
Following a university investigation, Poutasi claims the team was told that Taggart and Oderinde had not acted improperly. The university suspended Oderinde for one month and required him to report to Andrew Murray, the school's director of performance and sports science, instead of Taggart.
The lawsuit contends Poutasi "did not discover, nor in the exercise of reasonable care, could he have discovered, the facts giving rise to his claims" until reading press reports about Brenner's lawsuit on Wednesday.
Officials at Florida State, where Taggart and Oderinde are now employed, haven't commented. Oregon released a statement Wednesday declining comment on the pending litigation.
Poutasi, a sophomore from Las Vegas, was listed on Oregon's team roster as of Friday evening. He appeared in five games this season as a reserve offensive lineman.