This week’s Oregon football depth chart is bound to get Ducks fans excited for Saturday.
Ahead of the Ducks’ (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) Conference home opener against California (4-1, 2-1), Coach Mario Cristobal released the weekly depth chart. There are a few notable changes for the 5:00 p.m. kickoff in Autzen Stadium.
1. Wide receivers Brenden Schooler and Mycah Pittman are listed for the first time this season on the depth chart. Schooler is listed as co-starter with redshirt freshman Bryan Addison and Pittman is a backup in the slot.
Pittman, who was expected to contribute or possibly start this season, practiced for the first time with the team last Wednesday in pads but wearing a non-contact jersey. The true freshman’s initial 6-8 weeks projection would mark Pittman healthy as early as Oregon’s game against the Golden Bears. Pittman implied a sooner rather than later return when he tweeted “2 more weekkksss!” on September 8.
Before the injury, he was turning heads and splitting first team reps at slot receiver. Pittman has strong hands, a running back body, and excels at getting separation.
The best case scenario for Schooler’s initial rehab projection would also be vs. Cal. Cristobal expects the senior to practice for the first time on Thursday this week in Oregon’s second full-pad practice of the bye week. Schooler’s return will impact the offense, special teams and the intangibles through his veteran leadership.
2. Graduate transfer Juwan Johnson is listed as backup receiver to Schooler/Addison.
Johnson, who has been practicing off and on throughout the season, has yet to play a down in an Oregon uniform. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound receiver with an advantage in size and experience, is “day-to-day” according to Cristobal, who says his injury has not worsened.
Juwan Johnson and Herbert’s connection intensified throughout spring and summer. Johnson brings needed experience to the position: playing in 16 more games than the Ducks’ most veteran wide receiver, Schooler (21 games). Plus, his large, powerful, physical frame is unlike the other receivers currently on Oregon’s roster along with his ability to power through and over defensive backs.