Mycah Pittman

Mycah Pittman shares very personal, tough journey to D1 football

Mycah Pittman shares very personal, tough journey to D1 football

The moment Oregon football fans saw, or rather read his name in headline after headline during spring football, they knew Mycah Pittman suited up in green and yellow was going to be a special time indeed.

It seemed like every practice report read “Mycah Pittman with another insane catch.”

And it was true.

Pittman has stated that his hands are one of the best parts of his game. He has pledged no drops. In the seven games Pittman appeared in 2019, the Ducks went 7-0 while he recorded 18 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns. 

But his journey to Division-1 was not easy.

On Tuesday, Pittman posted a very personal story on his personal Instagram:

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Made this on tik tok, my short story.

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He started his high school career playing at Oaks Christian in Westlake Village, California.

Pittman recorded 1,329 yards on 55 receptions, a whopping average of 24.2 yards per catch, and 10 receiving TDs. He had 317 yards in kickoff returns and added another score.

But after the passing of his grandfather, Pittman decided to transfer.

He transferred to Calabasas High School, just 13.4 miles east of Oaks Christian. According to Pittman, he lost a lot of friends as a result by his decision to transfer.

Pittman recorded 67 catches for 828 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2018.

His hard work and dedication certainly paid off.

Pittman had the lay of the land when deciding where he wanted to play collegiate football: Chose Oregon over Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Florida, Fresno State, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State and others.

Family has meant everything to Pittman and he fits right in with head coach Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Football program.

We are all very eager to see the legacy Pittman will leave behind during his time in Eugene.

WATCH: Mycah Pittman participates in Oregon’s first padded practice ahead of the Rose Bowl

WATCH: Mycah Pittman participates in Oregon’s first padded practice ahead of the Rose Bowl

It is a beautiful, 60 degree sunny day here in Pasadena, California where the No. 6 Oregon Ducks held its first padded practice ahead of the Rose Bowl.

As the Ducks arrived, eager to get out onto the practice field, all eyes were on true freshman Mycah Pittman, and more specifically the color jersey he was wearing.

Red = No contact

Green = Normal offensive practice jersey

On Thursday, Oregon Coach Cristobal told reporters in Los Angeles:

We'll get final word here in the next day or two, but all signs point to him being cleared and ready to go. He's been practicing full speed for almost three weeks now. While he was playing, he was playing some high level football for us. I'm excited for him as well, he's worked so hard to get himself out here, be a contributor, and its great to have him back in the lineup. – Mario Cristobal

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Walking down to the field, there sporting a No. 4 green jersey was Pittman, wearing just a brace on his right wrist/lower arm.

Good sign for Pittman and the Ducks.

The impact of Mycah Pittman's return for the Rose Bowl

The impact of Mycah Pittman's return for the Rose Bowl

UPDATE: Mario Cristobal said Tuesday morning Pittman will play in the 106th Rose Bowl.

"He has been cleared. He will play."

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Oregon gained one of its most dynamic offensive weapons in time for the biggest game of the season.

THE GOOD NEWS

Oregon freshman receiver Mycah Pittman, who missed the last three games with a broken arm, is expected to play for the No. 6 Ducks against No. 8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

We'll get final word here in the next day or two, but all signs point to him being cleared and ready to go. He's been practicing full speed for almost three weeks now. - Oregon coach Mario Cristobal told reporters in Los Angeles.

The 5-foot-11 freshman from California broke his right arm against Arizona on November 16th after already rehabbing back from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the opening four games.

Impressively, Pittman proved his quick-healing ability twice in 2019. His dedication to return for one more opportunity shows his tenacity and will have an impact on arguably the most interesting postseason game outside of the College Football Playoff.

THE IMPACT

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert’s elite arm is a major weapon to challenge a Wisconsin secondary that has been inconsistent, at times, in 2019. The Ducks have an advantage in the passing game and big plays could be the difference maker. Pittman adds another contributor capable of explosion plays for Herbert, along with Johnny Johnson III and Juwan Johnson.

While (Pittman) was playing, he was playing some high level football for us. I'm excited for him as well, he's worked so hard to get himself out here, be a contributor, and its great to have him back in the lineup. - Oregon coach Mario Cristobal told reporters in Los Angeles.

In six games, Pittman has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. His speed and relentless tenacity will provide a boost to the Duck receiving corps.

 

“All signs point to” quick healer Mycah Pittman to play in Rose Bowl

“All signs point to” quick healer Mycah Pittman to play in Rose Bowl

Good news for the Ducks.

Oregon freshman receiver Mycah Pittman, who missed the last three games with a broken arm, is expected to play for the No. 6 Ducks against No. 8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

The 5-foot-11 freshman from California broke his right arm against Arizona on November 16th after already rehabbing back from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the opening four games.

We'll get final word here in the next day or two, but all signs point to him being cleared and ready to go. He's been practicing full speed for almost three weeks now. While he was playing, he was playing some high level football for us. I'm excited for him as well, he's worked so hard to get himself out here, be a contributor, and its great to have him back in the lineup. –Oregon coach Mario Cristobal told reporters in Los Angeles.

In six games, Pittman has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. His speed and relentless tenacity will provide a boost to the Duck receiving corps.

Juwan Johnson’s “Big Brother” advice to Mycah Pittman

Juwan Johnson’s “Big Brother” advice to Mycah Pittman

This 2019 Oregon football season has had several bright spots, including the exciting play of Mycah Pittman. The true freshman wide receiver has shown that the future of this program is in good hands... Really strong and sticky hands to be precise. 

Pittman's first season in a Duck uniform has been attacked by injury. A shoulder injury kept him out for the first six games of the season, and now another injury vs. Arizona last Saturday may keep him out the rest of the season.

Pittman working for extra yards, tried to stay off the ground as an Arizona player awkwardly fell into his planted arm. Pittman remained on the field for minutes as the trainers attended to his right wrist with Coach Mario Cristobal hovering over his back, comforting the young receiver.

Pittman was escorted off the field and then came the diagnosis: a broken arm with a timetable for return at six weeks

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Have you ever witnessed one positional group plagued with so many injuries and moving pieces? The Ducks were without grad transfer Juwan Johnson until five games into the season; Pittman suffered a shoulder injury that also kept him out until Cal; Jacob Breeland suffered a season-ending knee injury; Brenden Schooler entered the transfer protocol.

“We’re back to what we’ve done all season… That’s kind of how the season has been with those guys," said Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "Those guys have done a great job. They’ll step right up. Next guy up.” 

The players next in line to step up in Pittman’s absence? Arroyo says, just like before, expect more from freshmen Josh Delgado and Bryan Addison as well as Spencer Webb to be moved around from receiver and high end.

On Monday, Cristobal said: “Justin Collins is a guy last year in this game proved to be very valuable, caught a slant down there and got us in the tight red zone at the end of the half. He’s been coming along. He’s coming off an ACL as well.”

Cristobal also mentioned Isaah Crocker, J.R Waters and Lance Wilhoite as options UO will explore. Although, Wilhoite and Waters are both coming off injuries and are likely not caught up to speed.

Overcoming injury is not east feat. It weighs on you both physically and mentally. This being Pittman’s second major injury of the season, senior grad transfer Juwan Johnson made sure to give his ‘Big Brother’ advice:

“It was heart breaking of course. I call him my ‘Little Brother.’ I got to check up on him and make sure he’s right because he just a freshman, they get in their head a lot. The one thing I got to do I keep his head high, keep his head above water, tell him to keep pushing. As long as he knows it’s not over because we still got some games left even if he isn’t back to still keep his head up. Honestly at the end of the day, there is more than football.”

 

How Mycah Pittman's injury affects Oregon

How Mycah Pittman's injury affects Oregon

The Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12) have lost one of their most dynamic offensive weapons most likely for the rest of the season, due to injury. Freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman’s broken arm suffered in the first quarter of Oregon’s 34-6 win vs. Arizona will sideline him for six weeks and creates a need for more contributions.

Is Pittman done for the 2019 season?

Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal communicated the possibility of Pittman returning to play in the Ducks’ bowl game. The College Football Playoff semifinal (Dec. 28) or Rose Bowl (Jan. 1) are about six weeks out.

Already this season, Pittman rehabbed back from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the opening four games.

"He’s proven before he’s a quick healer," Cristobal said. "Our training staff, our medical staff is second to none. I mean the very best in the country… And Mycah is a guy that attacks every opportunity to get better a hundred miles per hour. If anyone can heal quickly, it will be him, and if the timeline matches up, certainly that’s a consideration."

How does this impact the depth chart?

Oregon lists freshman Josh Delgado behind starter Jaylon Redd at slot receiver, in Pittman’s role. The Ducks moved Daewood Davis once again back on offense to add depth. Listed backups Davis, Josh Delgado and Bryan Addison will likely see increased playing time with Pittman out.

How can Oregon replace Pittman’s contributions?

In six games, Pittman has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. His speed and relentless tenacity will be missed from the receiving corps. 

Without Pittman, look for starting playmakers Johnny Johnson III, Juwan Johnson and Jaylon Redd to continue their positive progress in the passing game with quarterback Justin Herbert.

Redd leads the team with nine touchdowns and has caught multiple passes in 13 straight games. Johnny Johnson III is coming off a four-catch performance vs. Arizona, including a 73-yard catch, the longest of his career and longest by a Duck in 2019. Juwan Johnson’s potential is also being realized, totaling 16 receptions, 263 yards, and four touchdowns in the last three games. He led Oregon with five catches, one touchdown and 93 yards vs. Arizona.

Who else is a possible backup receiver?

“Justin Collins is a guy last year in this game proved to be very valuable, caught a slant down there and got us in the tight red zone at the end of the half,” Crisotbal said. “He’s been coming along. He’s coming off an ACL as well.”

Cristobal also mentioned Isaiah Crocker, J.R Waters and Lance Wilhoite as options UO will explore. Although, Wilhoite and Waters are both coming off injuries and are likely not caught up to speed.

The Ducks travel to Tempe for their final conference road trip to face the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) at 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman undergoes surgery, out six weeks

Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman undergoes surgery, out six weeks

Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman appears to have had surgery after suffering a broken arm injury in the No. 6 Ducks 34-6 win over Arizona.  Oregon coach Mario Cristobal confirmed Pittman's injury is a broken arm that has a six-week timeline for return. Cristobal said a bowl game return is possible, because “he’s proven to be a quick healer.” Below is a Instagram post from Pittman's mother.

Pittman has posted on Twitter and Instagram, indicating he will be back in 2020:

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When it get ugly, you gotta find a way.

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Pittman and quarterback Justin Herbert connected on an 11-yard pass and Pittman came down awkwardly after being tackled. Early indications suggest that Pittman's injury could be a broken wrist.

The freshman was escorted to the sideline and carted to the Oregon locker room and did not return.

Already this season, Pittman rehabbed back from a broken collarbone that caused him to miss the opening four games. In six games, Pittman has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns. One of Oregon’s most dynamic receivers, the loss of Pittman is a serious blow to the Ducks and their Pac-12 title goals.

Oh, brother! Oregon’s Mycah Pittman vs. USC’s Michael Pittman

Oh, brother! Oregon’s Mycah Pittman vs. USC’s Michael Pittman

Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman would beat big brother, USC senior wide receiver, Michael Pittman Jr., running from house to house, trick-or-treating.
Although Mycah, whose mom dressed him as a skeleton, was smaller, he’d “easily” get to the candy first. 

“He’s not beating me, I’d trip him or something,” Mycah said of his older brother, Michael. “He has the long legs, long arms and long strides but I’d trip him to make sure I get my edge on him.”

Fast forward a few Halloweens and now the two brothers will face each other from different sidelines this Saturday at 5 p.m. when the No. 7 Oregon Ducks face USC for the first time since 2016. It’s a pivotal matchup at L.A. Memorial Coliseum for USC (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) who is tied for first with Utah in the Pac-12 South division and for the Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) to stay atop the North and on the path to the Pac-12 Title game.

The Pittman’s cousins, second cousins, grandmas, grandpas, aunts… Basically the whole family will be in the crowd. Yes, there has been trash talk between the Duck and Trojan every night this week via FaceTime.

“I FaceTimed him and I was like ‘If we beat you, I’m big brother now’," Mycah said. "Just trash talk like that."

Mycah keeps tabs on his brother Michael’s weekly accolades: the USC senior leads the conference in receiving yards with 755. Last week, the Biletnikoff Award candidate totaled 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including the winning touchdown in USC’s win against Colorado.

“I don’t know how they’re going to play him," Mycah said of Oregon’s defensive plan for Michael. "I’m not in the defensive meeting rooms, but I know he’s going to be a problem… I don’t know what we’re going to do with him.”

Michael, who rides horses in his spare time, wants to get into tie-down roping after his football days. The rodeo will likely have to wait, as the NFL will soon be calling for Michael Jr., the oldest son of Michael Pittman Sr., Super Bowl winner and 11-year NFL running back.

Mycah is also living up to his namesake, earning playing time and passes from Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Since stepping foot on campus, the Mycah hype has been full go. During fall camp, he was the most talked about true freshman, making Oregon fans reel in excitement. A shoulder injury, from (of course) making a diving catch in practice set back his plans, changing course to rehabbing and exercising mental reps. The injury kept him from playing in UO’s first four games.

Since returning, six of Mycah’s 10 catches have gone for a first down and he’s proven to be electric. Now that the former top three wide receiver recruit from California is feeling comfortable with the college pace, he’s ready to cut loose. Mycah has 150 receiving yards on 10 receptions and one touchdown but he’s ready for more.

He’s also ready to beat big bro.

"I hope (Michael) has a great game, but obviously I hope we end up getting the ‘W’," Mycah said.

10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

10 numbers to know: Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans

Oregon takes a seven-game win streak to USC for a 5 p.m. Saturday showdown at LA Memorial Coliseum.

The crucial matchup is the first meeting between Oregon and USC since 2016. The No. 7 Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) look to stay atop the Pac-12 North Division. A win for the Trojans (5-3, 4-1 Pac-12) would keep them on the path to the Pac-12 Championship game and eligible for a bowl game, after not qualifying last season.

Here are 10 stats and numbers you need to know about perhaps the hardest game remaining on Oregon's regular-season schedule.

THE MAGIC NUMBER

Under head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon is 9-0 when it rushes for 200 yards in a game.

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VERDELL JOINS THE GREATS

CJ Verdell set the Autzen Stadium rushing record on Saturday against WSU. Also, his 257-yard rushing performance is the most since Kenjon Barner’s 321 yards at USC in 2012, the first and only Duck to rush for over 300 yards.

OH, BROTHER

The Pittman and Winston brothers will each be on opposite sidelines. USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and Oregon wide receiver Mycah Pittman are brothers, as are USC outside linebacker Eli'jah Winston and Oregon outside linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr.

COMING HOME?

USC has four players from Oregon on its roster (S Talanoa Hufanga, DL Brandon Pili, DL Marlon Tuipulotu and OLB Eli'jah Winston). Compared to the 48 Californians on Oregon’s roster.

A WIN WOULD…

Give Oregon its first 6-0 start to Pac-12 play since 2012 and make them the first Pac-12 team to accomplish the feat since Washington in 2016.

IS THAT GOOD?

Oregon has outscored its opponents 267-91, including 142-34 in the second half, during its seven-game win streak.

INSANE RATIO

Quarterback Justin Herbert has just one interception over his last 360 pass attempts in Pac- 12 road games with 24 touchdowns over that span.

RUNNING BERSERK

CJ Verdell leads the Pac-12 in rushing (753) following his 257-yard performance last week against Washington State. His 313 all-purpose yards against the Cougars are the most by an FBS player this season.

BALL HAWKS

Oregon leads the nation with 14 interceptions and is one of five FBS teams with two players (Jevon Holland has four, Verone McKinley III has three) with three or more picks.

HOME SWEET, COLISEUM

USC is 4-0 at home in 2019, beating: Fresno State, Stanford, Utah and Arizona.

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How Brenden Schooler's transfer does/doesn’t affect the Ducks

How Brenden Schooler's transfer does/doesn’t affect the Ducks

Senior wide receiver Brenden Schooler has entered his name into the transfer portal, sources have confirmed to NBC Sports Northwest.

Schooler, a two-time first-team All-Pac 12 special teams selection, made his debut against Cal after missing Oregon’s first four games due to a broken foot. He played in three games this season and has not used his redshirt, meaning he has one more year of eligibility as a graduate transfer.

In his three games, Schooler has only had two catches for 44 yards. During his absence, Johnny Johnson III, Jaylon Redd and Bryan Addison took over production as reliable targets for quarterback Justin Herbert.

Redd leads the nation with a touchdown reception in six straight games. Johnson III’s 30 catches this season is already more than his sophomore season total (17) and freshman season total (21).

Schooler returned from injury at the same time as freshman Mycah Pittman, who has found a more regular rotation with the receivers than Schooler has. Pittman has 148 receiving yards on nine receptions and one touchdown.

Schooler’s senior leadership and intangibles on the field would be sorely missed, especially considering senior Jacob Breeland is out for the season with injury. 

“The thing about Brenden is he’s not only a great player, he’s a great leader and I feel terrible for him because he is a tremendous human being… Off the charts,” Cristobal said in August after Schooler’s injury.

Schooler's decision to leave is likely playing time oriented. Simply put, the Ducks were forced find their groove while Schooler was out.

His departure would also be a hit to Oregon’s receiving unit depth. Will graduate transfer Juwan Johnson or Josh Delgado step into a contributing role?

The Dana-Point, California native has a brother, Colin, who plays for the Arizona Wildcats.

Schooler has totaled 43 career catches for 521 yards and four touchdowns in his Duck career. He started at safety as a true freshman finishing with 74 tackles and four interceptions.