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10 for 10: Top 50 Players on Oregon’s Roster

In our final part of the series, we rank the 2017 team

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Welcome to the final edition of our 10-part series “10 for 10,” which helped us countdown to kick off. The Ducks open the season vs Southern Utah at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Ready or not? It’s almost game day.


Let’s get started, here is the No. 1 projection of the 2017 season:

No. 50 - Darrin McNeal

The critical slot receiving backup to Charles Nelson

No. 49 - La’Mar Winston

The sophomore from Portland will find some time on the field for DC Jim Leavitt

No. 48 - Juwaan Williams

A senior that provides great experience at a deep position

No. 47 - Drayton Carlberg

The sophomore is backup to Jelks and Mondeaux on the defensive line

No. 46 - Darrian Felix

The true freshman is one of the future running backs of Oregon football

No. 45 - Hunter Kampmoyer

The freshman defensive end was the scout team 2016 Defensive Player of the Year

No. 44 - Taj Griffin

Multidimensional talent that can play a handful of offensive positions like RB and WR

No. 43 - Blake Rugraff

The walk-on recorded 11 tackles in 2017 Spring Game

No. 42 - Elijah George

Senior defensive end that provides much-needed depth on the shallow defensive line

No. 41 - Brady Breeze

Talented Oregon kid who could run away with a small opportunity given his potential

No. 40 - Daewood Davis

Showcased in camp and most importantly Justin Herbert likes him

No. 39 - Fotu T. Leiato

Transitioned from safety to linebacker, extremely durable and reliable tackler

No. 38 - Alex Ofodile

He will have an opportunity to play, but the freshmen are starting to steal his time

No. 37 - Billy Gibson

Freshman safety has a bright future after impressing early in camp, will provide depth

No. 36 - Mattrell McGraw

Earned starting spot at safety next to Khalil Oliver

No. 35 - Cam McCormick

Freshman tight end had a strong fall training camp that opened the eyes of his head coach

No. 34 - Kaulana Apelu

The junior earned a surprise scholarship in camp and wants to thank his coach for it this year

No. 33 - George Moore

Standout JuCo offensive tackle that is a vital reserve on the offensive line

No. 32 - Khalil Oliver

The starting safety has been solid over his career but is looking to emerge in his junior season

No. 31 - Kani Benoit

You don’t see it very often, but Oregon has one of the best third-string RB’s in the country

No. 30 - Jonah Moi

The linebacker earned his playing time with a stellar effort at fall training camp

No. 29 - Ty Griffin

He’s an athlete that has moved around a lot, but the former QB is ready to read the QB on D

No. 28 - Jimmie Swain

A solid, consistent senior presence from the linebacker spot is important for this young team

No. 27 - A.J. Hotchkins

The JuCo transfer has a nose for the football at linebacker and he got his feet wet last year

No. 26 - Austin Faoliu

The defensive nose tackle slot is not short of some serious playmakers like Faoliu

No. 25 - Dillon Mitchell

Supremely gifted skill-set on offense and special teams, he will start at WR on the outside

No. 24 - Henry Mondeaux

Strong defensive end opposite Jelks who can provide boost if the captain is consistent

No. 23 - Jalen Jelks

Talented defender with a body made to disrupt quarterbacks on the end

No. 22 - Jordon Scott

Pagano’s “backup” is arguably a more-talented, less-experienced true freshman starter-type

No. 21 - Jake Pisarcik

Second of two senior starting o-linemen with National Championship experience

No. 20 - Scott Pagano

When healthy, he’s an elite defender that will cause major destruction

No. 19 - Johnny Johnson III

When No. 1 WR Charles Nelson leaves the program after the year, it will be JJ3’s job

No. 18 - Calvin Throckmorton

The sophomore has improved greatly, as he’s looking to bust out in ‘17

No. 17 - Brenden Schooler

No matter if it’s on offense or defense, starting or not; he’s a great athletic football player

No. 16 - Jacob Breeland

The starting tight end is primed for a breakout season in his sophomore campaign

No. 15 - Aidan Schneider

Currently one of the best and most-accurate kickers in college football

No. 14 - Jake Hanson

The man in the middle who keeps it running smoothly on the offensive line

No. 13 - Deommodore Lenoir

The duo of him and TG could rival any true freshmen cornerback-combo in the land

No. 12 - Ugo Amadi

Not many people worked harder than Amadi this summer, he is a natural born leader

No. 11 - Shane Lemieux

Another talented offensive lineman with a future at the next level

No. 10 - Thomas Graham Jr.

The true freshman is listed as the starting cornerback opposite Arrion Springs for Week 1

No. 9 - Tony Brooks-James

One of the most talented backs in the nation that is NOT a starter, regardless he will play a lot

No. 8 - Tyree Robinson

The senior hybrid is the head of the snake on defense when he’s healthy and on the field

No. 7 - Arrion Springs

The ever-improving No. 1 cornerback on a young, but deep and evolving secondary

No. 6 - Justin Hollins

A freaky athlete that could make the difference this season on defense

No. 5 - Tyrell Crosby

He has NFL offensive lineman written all over him, this is his swan song

No. 4 - Justin Herbert

The Eugene kid with the golden arm, we are eager to watch the next step

No. 3 - Charles Nelson

One of the most explosive athletes in the country, primed to break out

No. 2 - Troy Dye

There is no question of Oregon’s most-talented defender, he only gets better in ‘17

No. 1 - Royce Freeman

After this season, he could be the No. 1 back in Oregon history and No. 1 RB in ‘18 NFL Draft

It all begins in less than 24 hours. Everyone's expectations for this season are different, but one thing is common; a belief that the program is heading in the right direction again. Not many can argue with the No. 1 recruiting class for 2018 without playing a single snap this campaign. It says something about the character of Willie Taggart.

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