How will the cornerbacks fare in 2018 with such a young group? Will the freshmen develop quickly to help out the returning players? Who stayed and left? Are there any redshirts in this position group?
Pre Spring Depth Chart
1. Thomas Graham, Jr 5’11 191 Sophomore
2. Deommodore Lenoir 5’11 196 Sophomore
3. Verone McKinley III 5’10 183 Freshman
4. Haki Woods 6’3 201 Senior
5. Charles Sudduth 5’10 167 Junior
6. Dexter Myers 6’0 190 Sophomore
7. Jordan Adeyemi-John 6’1 210 Freshman
- The Ducks return two of the top 13 tacklers from the 2017 season. The defense also returns 4 of the 15 interceptions. (Graham 3 and Lenoir 1).
- Oregon lost some big talent in Arrion Springs and Ty Griffin who posted a total of 54 tackles, three interceptions, and 19 passes defensed.
- The corners improved a ton under Jim Leavitt’s watch last season and some freshman got valuable experience as the depth chart wasn’t ideal behind the starters Springs and Griffin. It’s a shame that Springs couldn’t get one more year as he would’ve been drafted in 2019.
- Ugo Amadi was a standout cornerback during the 2017 season but transitioned to safety fully during the late stages of the season.
- On a more positive note, the cornerback group added three early enrollees to bolster its ranks with valuable spring practice reps. (McKinley, Woods, and JAJ)
Post Spring Depth Chart
1. Graham / McKinley / Woods / Myers
1. Lenoir / JAJ / Sudduth
1. Khalef Hailassie 6’2 188 Freshman
2. Damon Hickok 6’1 182 Freshman
- It’s truly amazing that Graham and Lenoir were the only two returning cornerbacks with any D-1 experience. They are the unquestioned starters as true sophomores.
- If the measurements are accurate, the Ducks will have five corners that are over six feet or taller. This is a good thing as they have the size to combat bigger red zone type of receivers.
- I believe that KH and DH are the most likely to redshirt due to the fact that they did not enroll early so they didn’t get enough reps to contribute to the depth chart. I’m a huge believer in getting many reps as you can for player development.
- Reports are that the early enrollees didn’t look too out of place for the majority of the spring so that bodes well.
- Jim Leavitt will have these guys ready to go with another year of tutelage under their belts. It remains to be seen how much of a developer that new CB coach Donte Williams is.
I’d like to thank everyone for reading, commenting, and following along for this series all summer long. I look forward to writing more and more interesting content as we steam into the season. Can you believe it? Only three more weeks until the college season is underway! Where did the summer go?