With spring practice slated to kick off on Thursday, we take a look at what changed and which key pieces return for another run at defending the Pac-12 football crown.
- Former offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo left for the head coaching position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- In his stead, Coach Joe Moorhead was hired much to the celebration of Ducks fans everywhere. Moorhead also brings different offensive principles than his predecessor, according to Addicted to Quack film review savant, hythloday.
- Running Backs coach Jim Mastro briefly considered leaving for the Cal Poly head coaching job before deciding to return for another season in Eugene.
- Gone is the surefire top ten draft selection Justin Herbert. In comes presumptive starter redshirt sophomore Tyler Shough as heir apparent.
- Cale Millen is in the mix alongside early enrollee true freshman Jay Butterfield as a backup after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.
- Robby Ashford, the dual sport athlete, will not enroll until the summer if at all (provided he isn’t enticed away by the prospect of playing minor league baseball).
- With a new offensive coordinator, the quarterback job is wide open. The favorite is Shough.
Projected depth chart
1. Shough RS Sophomore
2. Millen RS Freshman
3. Bradley Yaffe Sophomore (Walkon)
4. Jay Butterfield Freshman
- The most intact position group on the team next season with its top four rushers returning.
- Nine total running backs populate the roster, although Wilson and Dollars have enough athleticism to be flexed out to receiver if need be. The position has three walk-on players in redshirt freshman Cross Patton, senior Noah Dahl, and junior KJ Maduike.
- Can one of the younger guys unseat Travis Dye now that older brother Troy is gone to the NFL? Will touchdown machine CHL continue his ascent up the charts after a much improved 2019?
- Can Dye find a working pair of gloves at last?
- I fully expect Benson to redshirt in 2020 due to the depth ahead of him and his arrival in the summer.
Projected depth chart
1. C.J. Verdell Redshirt Junior
2. Travis Dye Junior
3. Cyrus Habibi-Likio RS Junior
4. Sean Dollars RS Freshman
5. Jayvaun Wilson RS Freshman
- The receiver room returns most of their battle tested veterans with the exception of graduate transfer Juwan Johnson.
- Jaylon Redd returns to the team after missing out on the Rose Bowl victory due to an unspecified reason.
- There’s a ton of experience coming back to support whoever the next QB1 is for the Ducks. The receivers will have to undergo a serious amount of change in Moorhead’s system over Arroyo’s system but that’s what the spring and summer is for.
- A couple of young guns got a taste of college football last season they aren’t completely new so there’s that.
- Daewood Davis appears to have been converted to receiver full time after switching back and forth from defensive back last season due to injuries at both spots. The plan for him was to be a full time receiver last spring.
Projected Depth Chart
1. Devon Williams RS Sophomore
2. Bryan Addison RS Sophomore
3. Lance Wilhoite RS Freshman
4. JR Waters RS Freshman
5. Jayvaun Wilson
1. Johnny Johnson III Senior
2. Josh Delgado Sophomore
3. Issah Crocker RS Sophomore
4. Mycah Pittman Sophomore
1. Jaylon Redd Senior
2. Pittman Sophomore
3. Daewood Davis RS Junior
- The Ducks got a hugely valuable test run last season on what life would be like without Jacob Breeland due to his unfortunate injury.
- Unfortunately, the results were bleak when Breeland’s replacements were forced to play more than the staff anticipated. This is an untested group by in large with the exception of two.
- Hunter “Renfrow of the West” Kampmoyer returns but he needs to eat, breathe, sleep by a Jugs machine year round.
- Spencer Webb got big time reps last season at both receiver and tight end.
- Cam McCormick returns after yet another injury cost him a season of eligibility so who knows what he can contribute after years away from being in game condition.
- DJ Johnson converted to tight end recently in the past month or so from defensive end aka the Kampmoyer.
Projected Depth Chart
1. Spencer Webb RS Sophomore (“MOVE TE aka the slot TE”)
2A. Cam McCormick RS Senior
2B. Hunter Kampmoyer RS Senior (Inline TE)
4. Patrick Herbert RS Freshman
5. DJ Johnson RS Junior
- Much ink (digital or otherwise) has been spilled about the current state of the offensive line. With having to replace four of five starters, it will be the wildest of wild rides trying to guess who goes where.
- The only sure thing is reigning Outland Trophy and 2021 OT1 Penei Sewell manning the left tackle spot.
- There will be a ton of cross training during the spring to figure out what’s what I’m sure.
1. Penei Sewell Junior
2. Jonah Tauanu’u RS Freshman
3. Steven Jones RS Sophomore
1. Alex Forsyth RS Junior
2. Sam Poutasi RS Senior
3. T.J. Bass Junior
4. Marcus Harper Freshman
5. Dawson Jaramillo RS Sophomore
1. Ryan Walk RS Junior
1. Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu RS Junior
2. Chris Randazzo RS Sophomore
5. Johnathan Denis Freshman
3. Faaope Laloulu Freshman