Coach Helfrich has announced the Oregon depth chart for the season opener against Nicholls State. The full two-deep can be viewed/downloaded here. Though there was some speculation on the two-deep over the weekend, there are a few surprises in the actual release, especially on defense.
The offense should come as no surprise, with familiar names across the board. At receiver, the two-deep remains largely intact from last season, though redshirt freshman Chance Allen should see playing time. The Ducks will also see a new face at tight end, with true freshman Johnny Mundt being listed as the backup tight end, ahead of sophomores Koa Ka’ai and Pharaoh Brown (who was limited over fall camp due to injuries).
There are also a few things to note on defense. Highly touted sophomore Arik Armstead is listed at starter at one of the two DT positions, ahead of Ricky Heimuli. Both players have been gaining high praise over the past few weeks, though Armstead's emergence is a bit of a surprise. Though it's also very exciting due to his vast potential.
At linebacker, Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick will hold down the middle after the departure of Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso. However, Tyson Coleman is listed as a backup at both SLB and WLB. His versatility could make life easier for the defensive coaching staff. True freshmen Torrodney Prevot and Tyrell Robinson are also on the two-deep at linebacker, adding to Oregon's talent at the position.
Lastly, at kicker Alejandro Maldonado and Matt Wogan will share duties to start the year.
With the number of plays that Oregon runs, expect to see just about everyone see the field, especially in week one against Nicholls State.