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  04/09/21 - Kayvon ThibodeauxSo/2023, Oregon, 6-5, 250 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  It's amusing to hear the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Thibodeaux compare himself to Hill, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound nickel safety. Should Thibodeaux notch any interceptions in the fall, it won't be all that unusual for an edge player. Winning the Heisman Trophy would be, as only one defensive player has even done so and while others have gotten some early hype over the years, few outside of Ndamukong Suh, Manti Te'o and Tyrann Mathieu held on for consideration as the season continued. "I think it's very possible for a defensive player," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "The thing about KT, he's a high achiever and he wants to be around guys that are into high achievement standards. He sees himself as limitless; we feel the same way. The sky is the limit for him. He played a year and really a half a season. His best football is still ahead of him.

"His body is continuing to grow larger, strong, more explosive, more flexible. His football IQ is continuing to increase. Coach DeRuyter has got a tremendous amount of experience, has coached some really high level edge players before. The combination of all those things with a guy that wants to win championships, it's exactly what you want for your football team. He's pushing himself, he's pushing others." Thibodeaux did drop into coverage at times last near, notably out of the dime package against UCLA, so it's not entirely a new concept for him. DeRuyter also made it clear that coverage isn't going to be Thibodeaux's primary assignment by any means, but more of an additional way to utilize his many skills. "Up front I really like our edges with Kayvon and Mase (Funa)," DeRuyter said. "I think they do a really nice job setting edges. They're guys that play in space. - The Oregonian


(DS#1 DE) So/2023 DE Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon
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  04/09/21 - *Penei SewellJr/2021, Oregon, 6-5, 331 (DS#1 OT) + More +

  With quarterbacks expected to go with at least the top three picks in the draft and Cincinnati at No. 5, numerous projections have Sewell headed to the Bengals. With Taylor running one of the drills at Oregon's pro day, Sewell admitted to feeling some nerves at first but said being able to turn to his brother Gabe, a former linebacker at Nevada going through pro day at UO as well, helped. "At the end of the day, football is football for me," Sewell said. "Going out there clear-minded, not really getting those logos and those people's teams get over my head about that, not to overthink about that. At the end of the day, going out there and performing and doing what I do, being between those lines at pro day definitely brought a lot of memories."

Sewell felt people forgot about him a little bit after not playing last season and wanted to reaffirm that he's the best offensive tackle in this year's draft. The 2019 Outland Trophy winner and unanimous All-American felt his performance last week did that but above all, believes his film from albeit just 21 career college games, shows he's the best in class. "Go put on the tape," Sewell said. "Everybody go ahead and watch what I can do and nobody can do what I do in this draft in the offensive tackle rooms. I bring something totally different to the table and I think people know that. People will say whatever they want to say. All I have to say is put on the tape and watch me work." - The Oregonian


(DS#1 OT) Jr/2021 OT *Penei SewellOregon
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  04/04/21 - Jonah TauanuurFr/2024, Oregon, 6-5, 305 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Three Oregon players have medically retired and are no longer with the program. Offensive linemen Chris Randazzo and Jonah Tauanu'u and inside linebacker Sampson Niu all medically retired, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal announced Thursday. Randazzo, a redshirt-sophomore, opted out of the 2020 season. A former three-star signee in 2018, Randazzo played in one game, against Nevada in 2019, during his two seasons at UO. Niu, a senior, did not play last season and his mother passed away in January. He had 65 career tackles in 33 career games. Tauanu'u, a former four-star prospect and top 100 recruit in the class of 2019, played 16 snaps over two games while redshirting in 2019. He did not play due to injury last season. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 OT) rFr/2024 OT Jonah TauanuuOregon
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  04/04/21 - Sean DollarsrFr/2024, Oregon, 5-10, 195 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  Oregon's backfield suffered a significant blow this winter. Ducks running back Sean Dollars injured his leg and will be out indefinitely but into next season. "He'll be out for the summer," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Thursday after the first spring practice. "We expect him back during the season at some point." Dollars had eight carries for 47 yards last season, with nearly all of it coming in the Pac-12 Championship game against USC. - The Oregonian

(DS#12 RB) rFr/2024 RB Sean DollarsOregon
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  Six Oregon players who were injured last season are back to full participation this spring, three others are on their way back and several others are going to miss spring practice. Running back CJ Verdell (left thumb), tight ends Spencer Webb and Patrick Herbert, outside linebackers Adrian Jackson Jr. and Jackson LaDuke and cornerback Dontae Manning are all "full speed," according to Mario Cristobal. Inside linebacker Justin Flowe (torn meniscus) has been limited but is expected to be a full participant in two weeks, offensive lineman Jaylan Jeffers (left arm) has also been limited and may be held out of spring due to precautionary reasons and tight end Cam McCormick is "progressing well" from an unspecified injury that kept him out of last season, Cristobal said. Offensive lineman Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu will miss spring practice due to the unspecified injury he suffered in the Pac-12 Championship game against USC. - The Oregonian

(DS#2 OG) rJr/2022 OG Malaesala Aumavae-LauluOregon
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  04/02/21 - Anthony BrownrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-1, 226 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Oregon once spring practice for the second straight year with a quarterback competition and a returning backup who enters as the favorite. Tyler Shough was in that position a year ago and Anthony Brown hadn't even signed with UO yet. A year later, Shough put up strong numbers for three-plus games, then saw his efficiency tumble in the second half of the season and Brown overtook him during the Fiesta Bowl. Shough left for Texas Tech, Brown returned and is the only quarterback on the roster to have attempted a college pass and Ty Thompson arrives with a ton of hype as the highest-rated high school QB signee in program history. Brown didn't have a full opportunity and time to learn the system last offseason. Spring was cut short, he arrived in the summer and the second fall scrimmage was canceled. Shough started the season off great and then things spiraled. A much more normal offseason might serve Brown as well as any player on the roster. If he takes the reins and shows he can be the every day starter, Oregon has an experienced quarterback that showed flashes of dynamic playmaking late last season. - The Oregonian

(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Anthony BrownOregon
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  04/02/21 - DJ JohnsonrJr/2022, Oregon, 6-4, 258 (DS#24 TE) + More +

  Similar to the Oregon's receiving corps, the tight ends have limited veteran experience returning and an infusion of young talent. DJ Johnson is the only returning tight end to catch a pass last season as Cam McCormick once again missed a season due to injury and Spencer Webb got in for a only a handful of plays in the Fiesta Bowl but didn't record a stat. The departure of Hunter Kampmoyer opens the door for a lot of reps in practice and in games. McCormick has battled through a lengthy injury history and at this point, anything he provides in a game would be incredible given his struggles. Johnson went from near the bottom of the depth chart at the position a year ago and not even having a full-padded practice until the fall to being an early breakout performer for the Ducks last season. Now he's the favorite to start in the fall. - The Oregonian

(DS#24 TE) rJr/2022 TE DJ JohnsonOregon
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  03/31/21 - Johnny Johnson IIIrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-0, 199 (DS#45 WR) + More +

  Oregon has needed to overhaul its receiver corps for the past few seasons and the pieces to make that happen are coming in with Franklin, Thornton and Brevard. Spring will give an early indication if the freshmen will challenge for prominent roles this fall but they're likely going to have a chance to contribute immediately regardless. Johnson and Redd are atop the depth chart but both have plenty to improve before they leave college. Johnson was probably underutilized last season but is certainly capable of producing consistent numbers and he is probably Oregon's best blocking receiver. Williams and Pittman both need to have a full season of games to showcase their skills to the max. - The Oregonian

(DS#45 WR) rSr/2022 WR Johnny Johnson IIIOregon
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  03/31/21 - CJ VerdellrJr/2022, Oregon, 5-09, 210 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Two of Oregon's best offensive weapons are in the backfield. CJ Verdell and Travis Dye give the Ducks one of, if not the best running back duos in the Pac-12 and one of the better tandems in the country. The emergence of Sean Dollars late last season makes the group even more diversified in terms of skills. Verdell missed the last two games of the season with a left thumb injury that hampered him even earlier than that. It was the first games Verdell missed in his career and he enters what will be his fifth-year junior season will facing questions about health. Oregon tried to lesson the load on Verdell the past few springs, with last year's practices cut short before full contact any way. It's been over five months since he was at 100% on a field though. - The Oregonian

(DS#2 RB) rJr/2022 RB CJ VerdellOregon
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  02/03/21 - Kayvon ThibodeauxSo/2023, Oregon, 6-5, 250 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  For Oregon to get there will mean getting Thibodeaux, Funa, Andrew Faoliu, Brandon Dorlus, Mase Funa and other members of the front seven freed up to rush the passer. Thibodeaux had 38 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and three pass breakups in seven games last season and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12?s best defensive lineman, as voted on by the players. DeRuyter is aiming to maximize Thibodeaux's evolving skills. DeRuyter said Thibodeaux has a skill set comparable to Von Miler, who he coached while at Texas A&M, and schematically Oregon might look closest to that unit.

"The ability to bend, the pass rush value, really excited about him," DeRuyter said. "We used Von in a Joker position, what we called it back then. We will have the flexibility to do that, depending on the package and personnel that we're in to have him there but we're going to move him around a bunch. "I've already sat down with KT and explained to him we're probably not going to have him playing 4i at all, but we're going to move him around. On third down we moved Von from an A gap to a B gap to a C gap, we moved him all around to try to take advantage of matchups." - The Oregonian


(DS#1 DE) So/2023 DE Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon
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  01/28/21 - Nate HeaukulanirSr/2022, Oregon, 6-0, 220 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Another Oregon senior is returning for an extra season of eligibility. Inside linebacker Nate Heaukulani, a former walk-on awarded a scholarship in 2020, will return to the Ducks in 2021, according to a team spokesman. Heaukulani appeared in five games in 2020, most notably at Cal. He had two tackles in three games in 2019 and three tackles while redshirting in 2018. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Nate HeaukulaniOregon
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  01/28/21 - Jaron WatersrFr/2024, Oregon, 6-2, 187 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Two more Oregon players have entered the transfer portal. Receiver/defensive back JR Waters and edge defender Isaac Townsend, both redshirt freshmen, have entered the portal, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Waters, who redshirted in 2019 due to a preseason foot injury that required surgery, moved to cornerback last season due to lack of depth at the position. The Oxnard, California, native had one tackle in two games in 2020. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR Jaron WatersOregon
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  01/27/21 - George MoorerSr/2022, Oregon, 6-5, 325 (DS#57 OT) + More +

  George Moore will return for a seventh season of college football. The Oregon offensive tackle, who started all seven games for the Ducks in 2020, is returning in 2021, the program announced Tuesday. Moore's return means the Ducks will have their entire starting offensive line back next season. Moore's career began at the College of San Mateo, where he spent 2015-16 before coming to Oregon in 2017. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in mid-August. - The Oregonian

(DS#57 OT) rSr/2022 OT George MooreOregon
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  01/26/21 - Anthony BrownrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-1, 226 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Both of Oregon's top two quarterbacks will return this offseason. Anthony Brown, who transferred to UO from Boston College last spring and took a bigger role in the Pac-12 championship game and Fiesta Bowl, announced he's returning to the Ducks on Sunday. Brown was 15 of 23 for 164 yards and two touchdowns and had seven carries for 40 yards with two touchdowns and a fumble in the final two games for Oregon last season. - The Oregonian

(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Anthony BrownOregon
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  01/22/21 - Jaylon ReddrSr/2022, Oregon, 5-08, 187 (DS#81 WR) + More +

  Oregon Ducks wide receiver Jaylon Redd will return for a fifth season, according to a source. Redd, a senior in 2020, is taking advantage of the NCAA not counting last season against players' eligibility because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the college football season. Redd, signed as part of the 2017 recruiting class, has started three out of his four seasons with the Ducks. In 37 games, the slot receiver has caught 118 passes for 1,238 yards and 14 touchdowns. He's also carried the ball 21 times for 148 yards and five touchdowns. - The Oregonian

(DS#81 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jaylon ReddOregon
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