Travis Dye

Positive Oregon injury updates: The Dye Brothers vs. USC

Positive Oregon injury updates: The Dye Brothers vs. USC

The No. 7 Oregon Ducks are high after their gutsy last minute triumph over Washington State at home. However, the injury bug did strike on Saturday. Oregon football Coach Mario Cristobal provided injury updates on the Dye brothers.

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Troy Dye is listed at starting inside linebacker this week after breaking his thumb against Washington and not playing against Washington State. Dru Mathis started in his place. Against USC, Troy Dye is good to go, he will practice beginning on Tuesday. 

Travis Dye is listed on the depth chart as co-starter at running back alongside CJ Verdell, Cyrus Habibi-Likio and Darrian Felix. According to Cristobal, he is healthy, ready to practice on Tuesday and will play vs. USC

Travis Dye suffered a helmet-to-helmet collision against Washington State and immediately went to the locker room. He did not return.

Off to its first 5-0 start in Pac-12 play since 2013, Oregon takes a seven-game win streak to USC for a Saturday showdown at LA Coliseum.

Running back by committee: A recipe for success for the Ducks

Running back by committee: A recipe for success for the Ducks

Oregon Football has a long, storied history of talented running backs that have donned the green and yellow. In recent memory, the program has churned out stars such as LaMichael James, Royce Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, Kenjon Barner, Jonathan Stewart... The list goes on, and on, and on. 

For the most part, the Ducks have always had talented a running back corps, but each group had its bell cow. The one back that stood out as the number one guy. Even the two-headed monsters of the past had one back that you knew was the "the guy."

That may not be the case in 2019, and that's a good thing. 

The Ducks have a plethora of riches at the running back position, and they have found ways to use every one of their talented ball carriers. 

Through the team's first three games five different backs have carried the ball, with a different player leading the team statistically each week. 

In Week 1, CJ Verdell led the way. In Week 2, it was Darrian Felix. And last game against Montana, it was Travis Dye that carried the load. 

"I think that a tribute to the backs in their room, let alone what Coach Mastro has done with those guys. He's done an awesome job," said Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "That group's gonna get a lot of touches all over the board, similar to last year. I think they've stepped up and they've done an awesome job."

Not only are the Ducks using multiple backs, they're doing so in an incredibly balanced fashion. The team has averaged 186 yards per game, but only one player has surpassed the 100-yard mark. On the season, Dye has 29 carries for 152 yards, Verdell has 30 carries for 149 yards, while Felix has 18 carries for 127 yards. 

There is no lead back, because there doesn't need to be. Instead, the Ducks have a true three-headed monster... and we haven't even talked about Sean Dollars or Cyrus Habibi-Likio, who have combined for 19 carries and 121 yards on the season.

Senior quarterback Justin Herbert said of his backfield mates, "It's a great problem to have so many of those guys. Each one of them can fill in. Shoot, we got four or five guys out there that we have complete trust and faith in. I know that they'll get the job done."

Offensive lineman Shame Lemieux, like Herbert, knows the Ducks are well-equipped to pound the ball. "Our running backs are incredible," said Lemieux.  "CJ's (Verdell) so fast and shifty. He's a stout runner, he's really ready to run downhill. I think Travis (Dye) is kind of a squirrely guy. He's just gonna take off like a little roadrunner... We're loaded, so I'm really happy to have that."

Now here is the scary part - The Ducks haven't even clicked yet. You see, we all know that even the best running backs need great offensive lines. They need the big guys up front to open up holes to give them running lanes. While the numbers say the Ducks have been successful in this regard, Lemieux thinks otherwise. 

"I don't think we've been doing a good enough job. I think we can even do better. Once we start playing to our standard I think it's going to open up even more and our running backs are gonna get more credit."

If this is how Oregon's three-headed monster looks when the offensive line isn't doing a good job, the Pac-12 should be terrified with what this running game will look like when Lemieux and Co. click. 

We'll see if they click on Saturday when they take on a Stanford defense that has allowed an average of 135.33 yards per game on the ground. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. (PT) on The Farm.

Oregon running back Travis Dye’s spin move isn’t his only weapon

Oregon running back Travis Dye’s spin move isn’t his only weapon

As a freshman, Oregon running back Travis Dye quite literally flew onto the scene with his ferocious jump cuts and spin moves. His breakaway speed and agility amounted to 739 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 140 carries.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound sophomore may be the hardest worker on the team based on the stories his teammates disclose about him.

Wide receiver Jaylon Redd smiled wide when talking about determined Dye. Redd detailed that on multiple occasions, when the defense gets an interception in practice, Dye will be the Duck to sprint all the way down the sideline to keep them from the end zone.

“His effort is there, his heart is there,” Redd said.

Fellow running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio complimented Dye’s integrity. Habibi-Likio was impressed with Dye after he missed a block and linebacker La’Mar Winston Jr. got around him. Later that day in film session, coaches missed the play and instead of dodging the error, Dye brought it back up so that the position room could go over it, correct it and learn from it.

His character earned A+ remarks from his team… And so did his on-field development and refined skills.

“He is a lot more physical this year,” Habibi-Likio said. “He’s able to run in between the tackles a lot more… He’s not afraid to put his head down and if there is someone in the way, he’s going to try to get through them instead of get around them.”
Over the past year, the game has slowed down for Dye, he knows the playbook like the back of his hand, his blocking has improved and he’s playing more physically. He’s ready to one-up himself, specifically when it comes to breaking runs of 10-plus yards and 20-plus yards.

“When I get the ball I’m always trying to shoot for touchdowns, not first downs,” Dye said.

The competition with the defense has been no laughing matter during fall camp. As it’s extremely difficult for any defensive Ducks to compliment their offensive teammates, including Travis’ brother, star linebacker Troy Dye.

“Iron sharpens iron, as everyone says,” Troy Dye said of his brother, Travis. “It’s always fun to compete against anybody and it’s a little more fun when it’s Travis.”

The shifty Dye is also an enticing option for the Ducks at punt and kick returner. He’s been one of a few contenders who have been taking reps and getting a shot during fall camp.

Special teams need aside, the Ducks desperately need Dye to help UO’s transition to Cristobal’s hard-pounding vision. The Ducks struggled with the physical, between the tackles rushing attack in 2018, finishing the season with the 191 rushing yards per game, the least amount for this program since 2006.

The good news? The Ducks return the entire starting offensive line and both leading rushers in CJ Verdell and Dye. Better news? Dye is trending upwards, improving rapidly towards the latter half of the season. Dye had 507 rushing yards after mid point of the season. To close out Pac-12 play, he rushed for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games, including his record setting Civil War performance.

This season, Dye is adding physicality to his determination and naturally agility… Which is just what the Ducks need for a reliable run game and success in 2019.

Five electrifying options for Oregon's return roles

Five electrifying options for Oregon's return roles

Oregon’s special team battles are waging through fall camp. Starting role decisions have not been made for kicker, punter and both return duties. The return game is wide open and the group of contenders is impressive and potentially electrifying.

Who on the roster is best fitted to replace Ugochukwu Amadi and Tony Brooks-James? Is this the season that Oregon’s special teams thrill once again like the days of Cliff Harris and De’Anthony Thomas?

“It’s up for grabs right now,” said Oregon safety Jevon Holland. The sophomore named running back Travis Dye, wide receivers Jaylon Redd and Mycah Pittman as top return competitors. Then, he couldn’t help but throw his name in the hat.

“You can throw me in the mix too,” Holland said. “I had 10 returns in high school, I’m just putting that out there.”

Return duties have become such a coveted job that leading rusher CJ Verdell also made a case for himself to be considered.
After all the running the receivers, running backs and defensive backs do, you’d think the last thing they’d want is to add an extra duty. However, the Ducks see it as a bonus- as an extra opportunity to touch the ball and effect the game.

Injury is always a concern. Oregon has history with injuries to returners: Thomas Tyner suffered a season-ending shoulder injury versus Washington in 2014 and Devon Allen suffered two season-ending knee injuries as a specialist.

Wide receiver Brenden Schooler is already out, at least for four to six weeks, after suffering a foot injury during practice. Currently, it appears the shifty Dye is leading return man, as he’s been taking the first reps. The sophomore’s breakaway speed and agility make him a solid selection. Four other realistic options for the depth chart are: Redd, Pittman, Holland and cornerback Deommodoire Lenoir.

Redd is dynamic and flashed his deadly speed while true freshman Pittman may be the most hyped new UO receiver and his sure hands make him an interesting option. Defensive playmakers, Holland lead the team last season with five picks and Lenoir totaled three.

“Jevon (Holland) looks really good at catching punts,” said Oregon wide receiver Juwan Johnson. “Jaylon Redd is also a guy who’s very critical in our special teams.”

Last season, the Ducks topped the Pac-12 Conference in punt returns and ranked sixth in kickoff returns. Oregon’s 2018 averages in kick and punt coverage and returns slipped a bit from 2017.

Oregon hopes to better sort the depth chart after scrimmaging this week. With five potentially electrifying options, it appears the Ducks have a good problem on their hands.

"One-two punch" running backs CJ Verdell and Travis Dye named to Doak Walker Award list

"One-two punch" running backs CJ Verdell and Travis Dye named to Doak Walker Award list

2018 saw the emergence of Ducks duo CJ Verdell and Travis Dye, who will be excellent for years to come. Now the self-proclaimed "one-two punch" have been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list. 

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From the Oregon Athletic Department:

One of just two returning Power 5 running back duos in the country that rushed for more than 700 yards each in 2018, Oregon sophomores Travis Dye and CJ Verdell were named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List on Wednesday.

Oregon is one of eight teams with multiple players on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.

Verdell is coming off a redshirt freshman season in which he was the only player in the nation with 1,000 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving. He was one of eight FBS freshmen with 1,000 yards on the ground and just the third freshman in Oregon history to accomplish the feat. Verdell finished seventh in the Pac-12 in both rushing yards (1,018) and rushing TDs (10).

An early enrollee in the 2018 signing class, Dye made an immediate impact in his first season with 739 yards and four touchdowns. All three of Dye’s 100-yard games came in Pac-12 play, as he finished 11th in the league in rushing. 

In Oregon’s regular season finale win at Oregon State, the duo combined for 386 yards and six touchdowns on the ground while Dye set the program single-game freshman record with 199 yards on 33 carries. Verdell scored five TDs in his 187-yard performance, becoming the first FBS player since 2016 with four rushing TDs and a receiving TD in the same game.

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LaMichael James' take on Oregon's Sean Dollars: Dangerous

LaMichael James' take on Oregon's Sean Dollars: Dangerous

The best recruiting class in Oregon football history is in Eugene and preparing for their first collegiate season. Hype surrounds the star-powered 2019 class looking to make an instant impact, including Sean Dollars, who has all the tools to have a stand out freshman season and develop into a starting running back before his time is up at Oregon.

He’s also caught the eye of former Duck running back star and Heisman Trophy candidate LaMichael James who believes Dollars is already “college ready.”

“I think he will be a special player once he gets his opportunity,” James said. “He’s the highest rated running back to come to Oregon since Jonathan Stewart. You pair that with the best offensive line Oregon probably has ever had and it could be a dangerous combo.”

Dollars is the highest rated running back on Oregon’s 2019 roster and the nation’s No.1 all-purpose back, per 247sports. He is one of three Mater Dei High School players to sign with Oregon in the 2019 class. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound special talent is praised for his versatility to be a workhorse, every-down type of back that can also catch the ball out of the backfield.

"Can do it all,” Coach Mario Cristobal said. “Line him up in the slot, line him up in the backfield, empty, wildcat — you name it, he can do it. Excellent as a kick returner, also."

But exactly how can the Ducks’ utilize Dollars and where does he fit on the depth chart?

2018 saw the emergence of Ducks duo CJ Verdell and Travis Dye, who will be excellent for years to come. Cyrus Habibi-Likio is poising himself for a breakout season and Darrian Felix had a strong spring showing before being sidelined by illness.

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That’s enviable veteran experience, which creates a good problem for UO offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo and running back coach Jim Mastro.

Should Dollars enter Oregon’s fall camp in peak physical and mental shape, he could be an elite addition to the backfield. James compared the potential blend of speed and power of the 2019 UO backfield to when he was a Duck (2009-11).

“Verdell is a downhill runner; north and south with force… I love how he runs,” James said.  “Dye is a slasher and a smooth transition from Verdell. Then you have Dollars who can be used in unique ways. (It reminds me of) me, Kenjon Barner, DeAnthony Thomas and Josh Huff, who were all pretty exchangeable in backfield.”

Undoubtedly, Dollars’ elusiveness and versatility will make him a special player at Oregon. In the right role, Dollars’ could climb the depth chart and start his Duck career right away with a money freshman season.

Wrinkles coming for a more reliable running game at Oregon

Wrinkles coming for a more reliable running game at Oregon

Eugene is buzzing with hooting and hollering Ducks anxious for the 2019 football season. Coach Mario Cristobal walked out of Oregon’s first spring football practice with a smile you could see across the snow spotted Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

“You missed a heck of a time in there,” Cristobal said as he walked up to the media scrum. “It got pretty competitive… It was good to see that kind of juice, energy and crossover enthusiasm. Guys from the defense would go to the offensive guys and say ‘that was a tremendous play but I’m coming after you next play.’”

Entering into his second full season as head coach, Cristobal knows that Oregon’s running game must improve and plans to start making changes this spring.

Last season, the Ducks inability to run the ball was apparent. Oregon rushed for only 37 yards on 1.4 per carry in the Red Box Bowl versus Michigan State.  Granted, MSU had the top rushing defense in the nation, but the Spartans were allowing 76 per game, not 37.

Oregon struggled on the ground in its transition to a physical, between-the-tackles style, finishing the season with the 191 rushing yards per game, the least amount for this program since 2006.

The good news? The Ducks return the entire starting offensive line and both leading rushers in CJ Verdell and Travis Dye.

The better news? Cristobal has a rushing attack plan that will be implemented this spring. His plan begins with strengthening blocking schemes and fundamentals and putting an emphasis on the tight ends. Cristobal is also adding new concepts to the run game this spring: the shotgun, pistol and under center, which he believes will “add a wrinkle” to the offense.

Cristobal will be executing his hard-pounding vision with a weapon in his back pocket, or rather, up front; The Ducks boast one of the most veteran offensive lines in the country, entering 2019 with 153 career starts.

Which is a dream come true for the former Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman and Alabama line coach.

“You spend sometimes an entire career trying to get to this moment where you have a group of guys that have played so many snaps together they know what each other are thinking,” Cristobal said.

Cristobal explained that he believes if seniors Shane Lemiuex and Jake Hanson were on opposite sides of the complex, they could telepathically tell what the other one wanted for lunch. They’ve spent so much time together that they could tell by the way the other is walking if they were going to get an omelet or not.

Whether it’s reading minds or reading a defense, Oregon’s success in 2019 is undoubtedly linked to its desperate need of a reliable run game.

Ducks, sans raincoats, rain touchdowns in Corvallis

Ducks, sans raincoats, rain touchdowns in Corvallis

CORVALLIS- Oregon crushed Oregon State 55-15 in the 122nd Civil War on a typical rainy and cold November day in front of a weak 39,776 fans in Reser Stadium.

The rivalry victory launched the rambunctious Ducks on the sideline to erupt in a chant of "This is Our House" and caused a grinning embrace between UO coach Mario Cristobal and athletic director Rob Mullens. Alas, there was another noticeable change from the last time Oregon visited Corvallis; No one in a Ducks uniform donned a raincoat. 

Cristobal made sure to change the narrative from the Ducks’ last trip to OSU. The 2016 game is one most Oregon fans and players would like to forget. Not only did OSU beat Oregon, 34-24, in a rainstorm but the Beavers proceeded to call the Ducks "soft" for putting on “shiny raincoats” when the showers hit.

Cristobal wasn’t on the coaching staff then but remembers the headlines well.

“I hate to bring it up again, but I read so many articles about shiny raincoats,” Cristobal said. “Shiny coats came out, Oregon gave up a 10-point lead and is accused of what a football player never wants to be accused of; being soft. Those words, they dig pretty deep now. Those things aren’t forgotten so easily.”

And forget they did not. This season’s Civil War exhibited the toughest weather conditions Oregon has faced so far in 2018, but the coaching staff prepared the Ducks to embrace the storm. This week, as the Ducks prepared for the Beavers in the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, the giant screen displayed the weather forecast; 90 percent chance of rain.

“All week (Cristobal) was saying the rain is coming, we knew it was coming and it didn’t effect us at all,” freshman running back Travis Dye said. “We embraced it, took it and we ran with it.”

The Ducks literally ran with it. Oregon rushed for a season-high 392 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Both freshmen running backs reached career highs. CJ Verdell shined, barreling for a career-high 187 yards on 23 carries and four rushing touchdowns, adding one receiving touchdown to score five total. Dye was one yard away from the 200-yard mark, finishing with 33 carries, 199 yards and two touchdowns.

"They had some open holes, but they ran hard," Cristobal said of Verdell and Dye. "They broke tackles."

Dye set a new Oregon freshman record for single-game rushing yards. Verdell became the first player in the FBS this season with four rushing and one receiving touchdown.

“I’ve been telling people from the beginning, this one-two punch can’t be stopped,” said Dye.

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It was an important game for Oregon to be able to count on the duo, as quarterback Justin Herbert went down with an injury after being sacked in the second quarter. The severity of the injury will be accessed this week but Cristobal confirmed after the game that the junior “took a shot”. Before leaving the game, Herbert extended his steak with a touchdown pass to 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.

Without Herbert, Oregon’s offense scored 34 points. The Ducks looked anything but cold. Which was the plan.

Verdell said Cristobal didn’t talk about the raincoats this week, but he made it clear that ‘he didn’t want to see anyone being soft or acting like they are cold on the sidelines’.

I cannot confirm whether the raincoats made the trip to Corvallis or not. However, when the game ended and the rain intensified, no one could find the jackets.

“I know a few guys were looking for the coats after the game ended,” redshirt junior defensive lineman Gus Cumberlander said. “I don’t think Cristobal wanted us to bring them out on the field.”

The victory improved the Ducks to 8-4, 5-4 in Pac-12 conference play, surpassing their win total from last season. It also was Oregon’s 10th win in the last 11 Civil War meetings, the only loss coming in 2016. Who knew a shiny raincoat could trigger so much motivation?

On senior day, the Ducks are counting on a true freshman; Travis Dye

On senior day, the Ducks are counting on a true freshman; Travis Dye

No jokes. No frills. No gloves…?

Picture a 1970s or 80s running back, maybe at Green Bay in the snow; a workhorse scraping and crawling for yards on the ground.

According to junior offensive lineman Shane Lemieux, that’s what true freshman Travis Dye is like.

Dye is the younger brother of Oregon’s star linebacker junior Troy Dye, but he jokes around a lot less than his “class clown” brother.

"Travis is an example of you go your career coaching and you'll have a few true freshmen that right away are mature enough to handle that pressure," offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. "I think him having grown up with Troy a little bit and his upbringing, they've done a really nice job… I think his maturity has showed.”

Dye enrolled early in January and has become Oregon’s No. 2 running back, behind CJ Verdell. However, this Saturday on senior day at Autzen Stadium, the 18-year-old may be asked to shoulder a bigger load due to the Ducks’ depleted depth chart.

Verdell’s and Cyrus Habibi-Likio’s status is unclear, after suffering a neck sprain and quad contusion at Utah, respectfully.

At Utah, Dye had the longest run of 18 yards and finished leading the team with 66 yards on nine carries. The best game of his excellent freshman season came at California; leading the Ducks’ rushing attack with 18 carries for 115 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown.

Among Pac-12 freshmen, Dye ranks in rushing yards (417) and rushing yards per game (41.7). Adding to his 83 carries and two rushing touchdowns, he also has 10 completions for 73 yards and one touchdown.

UO quarterback Justin Herbert complimented Dye on his route running and pass blocking. Dye has also impressed Lemieux.

“(Travis has) a mental capacity almost like a redshirt junior or senior would have,” said Lemieux. “He understands the ins and outs of defensive scheme, pass protections, where to hit the holes and how to be patient behind the blocks.”

Another major strength for Dye is his shiftiness and ability to run hard without hesitation. At 5-foot-10, 200-pounds, Dye has worked hard this season on breaking tackles and making defenders miss.

“I can’t get tackled by one guy,” Dye said.

This Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Dye will face a surging Sun Devils (6-4, 4-3) team that is looking for their fourth straight win to keep their Pac-12 South division title dreams alive.

Arroyo’s game plan is to pound the rock against an Arizona’s rushing defense that ranks 56th in the nation and allows an average of 153 rushing yards per game. In their last three losses (Washington State, Arizona and Utah), the Ducks have averaged just 86.3 yards per game.

If Troy is most likely to be Oregon’s class clown, what is Travis most likely to do?

“Score a touchdown,” Travis said.

With two conference games remaining, the Ducks (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) are counting on it.

Surprises and disappointments in Oregon's freshman class

Surprises and disappointments in Oregon's freshman class

Hopes were high for the 2018 Oregon football class ranked 13th in the nation with 12 four-star players. Through five games, there have been some pleasant surprises and disappointments. It is the first class that gets to utilize the new NCAA redshirt rule and it’s transformed how Duck freshmen develop.

If you are not familiar with the new rule passed in June, college football players can now play up to four games in a season and still redshirt without burning a year of eligibility. College football players are granted five years to complete four seasons of eligibility. This changes the game plan for Oregon and the rest of the nation.

 

Which Duck freshmen can no longer redshirt?

There are seven Oregon freshmen that have played all five games this season and can’t redshirt;

Starting left tackle Penei Sewell

Safety Jevon Holland

Running back Travis Dye

Punter Tom Snee

Long snapper Karsten Battles

Cornerback Kahlef Hailassie

Linebacker Adrian Jackson

 

Which Duck freshmen are making an impact?

Two freshmen have started; Sewell is the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a UO season opener since 1997. The left tackle was a top-5 graded offensive tackle in the Pac-12 each of the first two weeks.

Jackson started at outside linebacker against Portland State, when La’Mar Winston Jr. was out with an injury, and has made two solo tackles.

Dye had the best game of his career at Cal, leading the Ducks’ rushing attack with 18 carries for 115 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown. Dye is Oregon’s 2nd leading rusher, behind CJ Verdell, with 259 yards on 46 attempts.

Holland did a great job shutting down Cal’s passing attack last Saturday, finishing the game with two interceptions. He has three interceptions through five games, tying with senior Ugo Amadi for the second most in the nation.

Snee has been solid at punter, amassing 402 yards through 11 attempts, with the longest punt at 48 yards.

“Jevon has really played some good football for us and Penei has been outstanding for us as a starter,” UO coach Cristobal said. “Travis continues to get better. He has provided some explosive plays.”

 

What disappointments?

Former Oregon wide receiver Jalen Hall, who was rated the ninth-best player at his position for the 2018 class, could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of charges that he and a friend committed a home invasion robbery on Sept. 10. 

Hall enrolled early at Oregon for spring practices, participated in one practice before leaving for what were called "personal reasons". Cristobal expected him to return.

In September, before the arrest, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal officially said that Jalen Hall was no longer on the team

 

How has the rule impacted playing time for Duck freshmen?

12 true freshman have seen action through five games. More freshman could be potentially be added to this list as the season rolls on or as injuries occur. An interesting aspect of the new redshirt rule is how Oregon will take advantage of freshman gaining invaluable bowl game experience, plus the extra month of bowl game practice. The following have played in 2-3 games:

Wide receiver Bryan Addison; 3 games

Safety Steve Stephens; 3 games

Quarterback Tyler Shough; 2 games

Cornerback Verone McKinley III; 3 games

 

How does the redshirt rule impact Oregon’s backup quarterbacks?

The backup quarterback position remains a big question mark for Oregon. Both freshman Shough and sophomore Braxton Burmeister have played in two games.

Burmeister, who underwent a minor knee surgery, is close to done rehabbing and Cristobal expects him to fully return to practice for Washington prep week.

Because Burmeister has not used a redshirt season, it’s possible either him or Shough could be kept at four games or less to preserve a season of eligibility.

“We are going to let it play out and see where we are at once everyone is healthy,” Cristobal said. “It is hard to predict. You want to save a guy a year if you can, but the way football goes nowadays, a lot of guys are gone in three or four years so that fifth year is never used up.”

 

What does Oregon coach Mario Cristobal think of the rule so far?

The rule was unanimously agreed upon amongst college football coaches, including Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. Cristobal is excited for how it changes the developmental aspect of the sport.  Whether it be to injury or a player developing throughout a season, he plans to award playing opportunities to Ducks who he believes can help the team.