Mario Cristobal: Ducks CBs Jamal Hill, DJ James 'indefinitely suspended'


Tuesday, the Eugene Police charged Oregon Ducks defensive backs DJ James and Jamal Hill with three charges of reckless endangering, assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and disorderly conduct.

Friday, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal said the two scholarship players are suspended. Neither player participated in practice as fall camp opened Friday morning.

“Those guys are indefinitely suspended until further notice,” Cristobal said. “When the time is appropriate I’ll get that information to you.”

When asked if they would be available for the season-opener against Fresno State, Cristobal declined to comment.

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Hill and James were expected to start this season at nickel and boundary cornerback respectively.

Last season, Hill had 20 tackles with two interceptions and four pass breakups while James had 14 tackles with a pass breakup against USC to save a touchdown. During spring football, James emerged as the favorite to start opposite Mykael Wright. 

With Hill and James absent from practice, freshman cornerback Dontae Manning, a five-star signee from 2020, took James' first-team reps and Bennett Williams, a former Freshman All-American at Illinois, took first-team reps at nickel, during the open portion of practice.