The departure of Oregon cornerback Chris Seisay from the football program came somewhat as a shock to defensive backs coach John Neal.
He said Monday that he is unsure why Seisay chose to seek a transfer from the program he joined in 2014.
"You'd have to ask him," Neal said while also adding that people could piece together the various bits of information Seisay has dropped here and there.
CSN asked Seisay on Sunday night when he left. He said via text message that the depth chart, where he was listed as backup cornerback, did not compel him to leave. He said it goes much deeper than that but did not elaborate.
Seisay told The Oregonian that he didn't feel happy or on good terms with Ducks program.
According to a source, Seisay has walked off the practice field in anger during fall camp.
Last week, Seisay told CSN that he learned a lot from last season, when he missed eight games after entering the year as the team's No. 1 cornerback, that he needed to work harder and not expect things to be given to him.
He also said: “I’m just ready to prove everybody wrong. Everybody that’s doubted me, our whole group as a DB corps, our whole team.”
Neal last week said the following about Seisay: “Right now, when he plays well, he’s one of those guys. He’s going to play. Is he going to start? I don’t know. But he adds depth. He can play nickel. He can play dime."
Maybe Seisay didn't decide to leave because it appeared he would backup junior Arrion Springs and sophomore Ugo Amadi. But it's extremely rare for a starter to transfer out of Oregon, or any other program for that matter.
Clearly, whatever the reasons, Seisay wasn't happy at Oregon and has moved on. The talented athlete should find success wherever he lands.
"It's kind of heartbreaking," Neal said.
So, what does losing Seisay mean for the Ducks? Tough to say at this point. Had Seisay been at his best and still a backup, Oregon would have been set with three starting-caliber cornerbacks. The Ducks right now can't boast to having one true, proven, big time starter at cornerback given last year's mess that saw Oregon allow 35 touchdown passes.
Seisay's departure places more pressure on Springs and Amadi to improve dramatically. Behind them are promising redshirt freshman cornerback Malik Lovette and maybe redshirt junior cornerback Ty Griffin.
We could also see starting redshirt junior safety Tyree Robinson at cornerback, if needed. Neal likes his depth at safety with former starter Reggie Daniels backing up Juwaan Williams.
"In some cases, Tyree is going to move out there," Neal said.
Seisay wasn't going to make or break Oregon's defensive backfield. But his departure certainly doesn't help.