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Duck Depth Chart: Dive into the Two-Deep!

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Is our two-deep too deep? Or are our ducks doomed?

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OFFENSE

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Quarterback

  • *Justin Herbert (Jr. - 6’6 - 233)
  • Braxton Burmeister (So. - 6’1 - 206)
  • Tyler Shough (Fr. - 6’5 - 204)

Running Back

  • *Tony Brooks-James (Sr. - 5’9 - 190)
  • Taj Griffin (Sr. - 5’11 - 178)
  • Darrian Felix (So. - 5’11 - 191)
  • Travis Dye (Fr. - 5’8 - 197)
  • Cyrus Habibi-Likio (rFr. - 6’1 - 207)
  • CJ Verdell (rFr. - 5’9 - 201)

Tight Ends

  • *Cam McCormick (So. - 6’5 - 253)
  • *Jacob Breeland (Jr. - 6’5 - 248)
  • Kano Dillon (Sr. - 6’5 - 256)
  • Ryan Bay (Jr. - 6’3 - 240)

Receiver - Z

  • *Dillon Mitchell (Jr. - 6’2 - 189)
  • Brenden Schooler (Jr. - 6’2 - 193)

Receiver - F

  • *Jaylon Redd (So. - 5’8 - 178)
  • Tabari Hines (Sr. - 5’10 - 175)

Receiver - X

  • *Johnny Johnson III (So. - 6’0 - 197)
  • Daewood Davis (rFr. - 6’2 - 178)
  • Bryan Addison (Fr. - 6’5 - 180)

Left Tackle

  • *Calvin Throckmorton (Jr. - 6’5 - 318)
  • *Penei Sewell (Fr. - 6’6 - 360)
  • *George Moore (Jr. - 6’6 - 320)

Left Guard

  • *Shane Lemieux (Jr. - 6’4 - 317)
  • Sam Poutasi (So. - 6’4 - 276)
  • Steven Jones (Fr. - 6’7 - 375)

Center

  • *Jake Hanson (Jr. - 6’5 - 297)
  • Alex Forsyth (rFr. - 6’4 - 286)

Right Guard

  • *Dallas Warmack (Jr. - 6’2 - 336)
  • *Jacob Capra (So. - 6’5 - 319)

Right Tackle

  • *Penei Sewell (Fr. - 6’6 - 360)
  • *Brady Aiello (Jr. - 6’7 - 310)
  • *Calvin Throckmorton (Jr. - 6’5 - 318)

Much of Oregon’s 2018 offensive roster fell into place as expected. Justin Herbert has stolen our hearts and sole possession of the starting QB role. We’re returning some experienced starters at receiver, but the unit as a whole is perilously thin. Luckily, our o-line could be the best in the PAC-12.

However, there are still a few surprises that popped up, namely the two newcomers that earned starting positions despite Oregon returning a veteran offensive line. Freshman phenom Penei Sewell and Alabama transfer Dallas Warmack have thoroughly impressed Cristobal and staff. If these two can keep their starting spots, Cristobal would control one of the deepest and most experienced o-lines in the country.

As far as pass-catchers are concerned, Oregon appears to be solid with its starters. But beyond that, the Ducks appear to have a free-for-all. It’s safe to say that Brenden Schooler will find a lot of playing time off the bench due to his experience and size, but Daewood Davis, Bryan Addison and Wake Forest Transfer Tabari Hines will be fighting to see the field all season. And we’ll have to wait and see if Cam McCormick’s recent emergence is due to rapid improvement, Jacob Breeland’s injury, or both.

In the race for the starting role at running back, Tony Brooks-James is in the lead. His production last year gives the senior the benefit of the doubt and a head start, but a slew of talented running backs are nipping at his heels. Regardless of whether Brooks-James finishes the regular season as a 12-game starter or not, the Ducks are sure to use their stable of unique talents at running back in various situations and in different ways.


DEFENSE

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Defensive End

  • *Austin Faoliu (So. - 6’5 - 285)
  • Drayton Carlberg (Jr. - 6’5 - 282)

Nose Guard

  • *Jordon (FAT MAC) Scott (So. - 6’1 - 329)
  • Popo Aumavae (rFr. - 6’3 - 303)

Defensive End

  • *Jalen Jelks (Sr. - 6’6 - 245)
  • Gary Baker (Jr. - 6’3 - 318)

Outside Linebacker

  • *La’mar Winston Jr. (Jr. - 6’2 - 222)
  • Keith Simms (So. - 6’3 - 227)

Mike

  • *Kaulana Apelu (Sr. - 5’10 - 204)
  • *Isaac Slade-Matautia (rFr. - 5’10 - 204)
  • Sampson Niu (So. - 6’1 - 212)

Jack

  • *Troy Dye (Jr. - 6’4 - 224)
  • Adrian Jackson (Fr. - 6’2 - 218)

Outside Linebacker

  • *Justin Hollins (Sr. - 6’5 - 242)
  • Keith Simms (So. - 6’3 - 227)

Cornerback

  • *Thomas Graham Jr. (So. - 5’11 - 191)
  • Verone McKinley III (Fr. - 5’10 - 183)

Safety

  • *Nick Pickett (So. - 6’1 - 200)
  • *Brady Breeze (So. - 6’0 - 195)
  • *Mattrell McGraw (Sr. - 5’10 - 196)

Safety

  • *Ugochukwu Amadi (Sr. - 5’10 - 201)
  • Jevon Holland (Fr. - 6’1 - 192)

Cornerback

  • *Deommodore Lenoir (So. - 5’11 - 196)
  • Kahlef Hailassie (Fr. - 6’2 - 188)
  • Haki Woods Jr. (Sr. - 6’3 - 201)

Jim Leavitt hopes to take this once horrific defense to powerhouse levels in his second year as defensive coordinator. Each unit is led by elite talent but contains questionable backups; this is most apparent with the defensive line. Jalen Jelks, Austin Faoliu, and Jordon Scott are as talented as any d-line in the country, however, their backups (Gary Baker, Drayton Carlberg, Popo Aumavae) are a serious step down.

Cornerback is an even scarier situation. Two sophomores are being asked to serve as the veteran presence, though it’s worth mentioning that Verone McKinley III is making some noise out of fall camp. However, one injury could devastate this group.

Safety and linebacker should provide some comfort for Duck fans. Ugochukwu Amadi is the leader of the DBs and Troy Dye is solidifying his legacy as one of the best defensive players in Oregon’s long history. Kaulana Apelu, Isaac Slade-Matautia, Adrian Jackson, and Keith Simms bolster a unit that was once a weak link. And safety is clearly our most proven defensive unit with Nick Pickett, Brady Breeze, Mattrell McGraw and possible future superstar Jevon Holland.


SPECIAL TEAMS

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Place Kicker/Kick Off

  • *Adam Stack (So. - 6’2 - 182)
  • Zach Emerson (So. - 6’2 - 214)

Punter

  • *Blake Maimone (Jr. - 6’6 - 227)
  • Tom Snee (Fr. - 6’3 - 205)

Kick Return

  • *Tony Brooks-James (Sr. - 5’9 - 190)
  • *Jaylon Redd (So. - 5’8 - 178)

Punt Return

  • *Dillon Mitchell (Jr. - 6’2 - 189)
  • Ugochukwu Amadi (Sr. - 5’10 - 201)

Long Snapper

  • *Devin Melendez (Sr. - 6’1 - 203)
  • Karsten Battles (Fr. - 6’1 - 257)

Blake Maimone and Devin Melendez, two walk-ons, have earned themselves starting roles on special teams. Maimone at punter, Melendez at long snapper, and Adam Stack at place kicker are the three staples of Oregon’s kicking game.

It’s interesting to see Amadi at punt return, but I’d put money on Amadi avoiding special teams as he is too important to risk an injury- the same goes for Brooks-James. I wager we’ll see more of Redd and Mitchell in the return game. Hopefully, Duck fans will be lucky enough to see Australian punter Tom Snee play at some point in the season.


GO DUCKS!