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Oregon football's depth chart has exciting additions

Oregon football's depth chart has exciting additions

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.

How Juwan Johnson, Mycah Pittman and Brenden Schooler's return changes the Oregon offense

5 changes to Oregon's week two depth chart, following the loss to Auburn

5 changes to Oregon's week two depth chart, following the loss to Auburn

After Oregon's last minute 27-21 loss to Auburn, week two feels simultaneously like a breath of fresh air, an opportunity and a burden. 

Ahead of the Ducks’ (0-1) next matchup against Nevada (1-0), Coach Mario Cristobal released the weekly depth chart. There are a few notable changes for the 4:30 p.m. kickoff in Autzen Stadium.

Instant analysis:

1. Redshirt freshman Spencer Webb has been moved from tight end to wide receiver.

Webb saved quarterback Justin Herbert with an absolute stunner play. Herbert got rushed and hit while throwing the ball into the end zone. Webb went over the top of an Auburn defensive back and came down with the touchdown, then channeled his inner Allen Iverson step-over. The 20-yard score was Webb’s first career catch. 

With Juwan Johnson out, the 6-foot-6 246-pound Webb was the large target that Herbert desperately needed. 

2. Sophomore Daewood Davis has been moved from cornerback to wide receiver.

As a redshirt freshman, Davis played receiver in seven games and had a 13-yard reception against San Jose State. He moved from wide receiver to cornerback after the season.

3. True freshman Mase Funa is listed at backup at both linebacker spots.

Last week’s depth chart listed Sophomore linebacker Adrian Jackson as the backup at the "SAM" linebacker position but he was not with the team in Texas due to injury. This week Funa, who had a few major stops vs. Auburn, is the backup at SAM and at the STUD position.

4. Juwan Johnson and Cam McCormick remain listed

Neither Johnson or McCormick played against Auburn but both remain listed on the depth chart for week two. Johnson was in sweats on the sideline and out due to a late-week leg injury. McCormick was in uniform but not fully ready to play.

5. Zach Emerson is not on the depth chart

Last week’s depth chart listed Adam Stack or Camden Lewis or Zach Emerson at kicker, this week it is just Stack or Lewis.

Oregon's Week 1 depth chart: What you need to know

Oregon's Week 1 depth chart: What you need to know

Drum roll, please! The moment we've all been waiting for, the release of Oregon football's week one depth chart. 

Here are the Ducks who earned starting positions for Oregon's nonconference opener versus Bowling Green. 

Notable:

  • Not surprisingly, Tony Brooks-James earned the starting running back spot. Behind TBJ is "situational". Cristobal added that CJ Verdell, Travis Dye, Darrian Felix and Cyrus Habibi-Likio have earned touches and will play this year.
  • Check out that depth on the offensive line! Could be Oregon's strongest position group. True freshman Penei Sewell is in the mix to start at right tackle. 
  • Behind Justin Herbert at backup QB is an "or" (ongoing competition) between sophomore Braxton Burmiester and freshman Tyler Shough. 
  • Jaylon Redd is listed ahead of grad transfer Tabari Hines at WR.
  • Three man race between Nick Pickett, Brady Breeze and Mattrell McGraw at safety alongside starter Ugo Amadi .
  • Blake Maimone won the punting job.
  • Kaulana Apelu and Isaac Slade-Matautia are competiting for the starting inside linebacker postition alongside Troy Dye. 

 

QB - Justin Herbert JR / Braxton Burmiester SO or Tyler Shough FR

RB - Tony Brooks-James SR / Situational

WR - Dillon Mitchell JR / Brenden Schooler JR

WR - Johnny Johnson SO / Daewood Davis rFR or Bryan Addison FR

WR - Jaylon Redd SO / Tabari Hines SR

TE - Cam McCormick SO or Jacob Breeland JR

RT - Penei Sewell FR or Brady Aiello JR or Calvin Throckmorton JR

RG - Dallas Warmack JR / Jacob Capra SO

C - Jake Hanson JR / Alex Forsyth rFR

LG - Shane Lemieux JR /  Sam Poutasi or Steven Jones

LT - Calvin Throckorton JR or Penei Sewell FR or George Moore JR

DE - Jalen Jelks SR / Gary Baker JR

NG - Jordon Scott SO / Popo Aumave rFR

DE - Austin Faoliu SO / Drayton Carlberg JR

OLB - Justin Hollins SR / Keith Simms SO

ILB - Troy Dye JR / Adrian Jackson FR

ILB - Kaulana Apelu SR or Isaac Slade-Matautia rFR

OLB - La'Mar Winston / Keith Simms FR

CB - Thomas Graham, Jr. SO / Verone McKinley III FR

CB - Deommodore Lenoir SO / Khalef Hailassie FR  or Haki Woods SR

S - Ugo Amadi SR /  Jevon Holland FR

S - Nick Pickett SO or Mattrell McGraw SR or Brady Breeze SO

Kicker - Adam Stack SO

Punter - Blake Maimone JR

Long Snapper - Blake Melendez SR

Punt Returner - Dillon Mitchell JR/ Ugo Amadi SR

Kickoff Returner - Tony Brooks-James SR / Jaylon Redd SO