Oregon's worst season (4-8) since 1991 (3-8) led to a coaching change. Yet, the Ducks' cupboard is hardly bare for new coach Willie Taggart. We will take a position-by-position look at what the new coaching staff will have to work with while trying to turn things around in 2017.
Today: Tight ends.
Key losses: Pharaoh Brown, Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis all exited as seniors forcing the Ducks to completely reload at this position.
Projected 2017 starter: Jacob Breeland, RSoph., (6-5, 240).
What we know: Not much. Breeland, a three-star recruit in 2014 (Rivals.com), caught six passes for 123 yards last season, with a long of 63 yards at Washington State. He certainly appeared to have the athleticism and skills to become an impact tight end, but he remains a mystery.
McCormick, a three-star recruit in 2016, redshirted and is the only other scholarship tight end on the roster.
What we don't know: Could a true freshman earn instant playing time? Quite possibly. The Ducks don't currently have a tight end committed to the 2017 class, but will have four-star prospect Josh Falo in town for a visit on Jan. 28, according to The Oregonian.
As a side not, Matt Mariota, younger brother of former Oregon quarterback Matt Mariota, has moved from linebacker to tight end.
Final word: From a receiving standpoint, Oregon should be just fine with Breeland in the lead role. Whether Oregon has a consistent run blocking tight end on the roster might be the bigger concern.
Position grade: C-minus. There's some talent to work with but zero in the way of proven starting talent.
Next up: Wide receivers.