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  05/12/21 - Travis DyeJr/2022, Oregon, 5-09, 200 (DS#21 RB) + More +

  Dye had 64 carries for a team-leading 443 yards and a touchdown last fall but it was his nine catches for an obscene 239 yards and four scores that separated him from most any other back in the Pac-12. Getting Dye a head start on routes of the backfield was clearly effective and offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead did so in a variety of ways to create favorable matchups last season. That should only increase next year. "Coach Moorhead used the phrase, 'It's time to take the training wheels off this year,'" Dye said. "I'm very excited; I cannot wait. He's utilizing me really well, the way I want to be utilized and it's going to be a really fun season." With Verdell likely getting a bigger share of carries at full health and Sean Dollars and Trey Benson also likely to see more reps to make up for the loss of Cyrus Habibi-Likio, the proportion of work Dye gets in the fall will be of note. He's clearly an effective weapon, it's a matter of what the balance is for carries and pass protection for the entire group. - The Oregonian

(DS#21 RB) Jr/2022 RB Travis DyeOregon
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  05/12/21 - Kayvon ThibodeauxSo/2023, Oregon, 6-5, 250 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  There are many potential suitors for the first overall pick in 2022 NFL draft. Among them is one of Oregon's stars. Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is third on the list of players favored by PointsBet sportsbook to hear his name called first at +400 odds. Thibodeaux is behind Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (+225) and North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (+350) near the top of the list. Other college football stars on the list are LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (+800), USC quarterback Kedon Slovis (+1000), Liberty quarterback Malik Willis (+1500), Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (+1800), Florida quarterback Emory Jones (+2000), Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels (+2000) and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (+2500). - The Oregonian

(DS#1 DE) So/2023 DE Kayvon ThibodeauxOregon
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  05/02/21 - *Penei SewellJr/2021, Oregon, 6-5, 331 (DS#1 OT) + More +

  Penei Sewell is the first Oregon offensive lineman selected in the first round of the NFL draft since Kyle Long in 2013. Penei Sewell spent draft night at the family home in St. George, Utah, eating Pizza Hut in front of the television instead of bear-hugging NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the stage in Cleveland. Mario Cristobal, the head of the 6-foot-6, 330-pound left tackle's Oregon football family, flew in for the festivities with defensive line coach Joe Salave'a after the Ducks' spring practice Thursday. About an hour into the first round, Sewell was selected by the Detroit Lions with the No. 7 overall pick in 2021 NFL draft.

"It's the world," Sewell said after realizing his American dream after spending most of his childhood living in a one-bedroom house in American Samoa. "Every time I think of this moment, I go back to that shack on the island with all my family. When we were all in the living room sleeping on that floor in that shack, and now look at us. "I'm in a position to really change my family dynamic and also play at the level I wanted to play my whole life. To be a part of the NFL and the Detroit Lions organization is nothing but a dream come true." - Register Guard


(DS#1 OT) Jr/2021 OT *Penei SewellOregon
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  04/30/21 - Patrick HerbertrFr/2024, Oregon, 6-5, 244 (DS#5 TE) + More +

  Oregon Patrick Herbert hasn't played for the Ducks since the 2019 season after injuries forced him to miss last season. Justin Herbert didn't get a chance to complete a pass to his little brother during the 2019 season. Tyler Shough didn't get a chance to complete a pass to Patrick Herbert or Spencer Webb during the 2020 season. Anthony Brown, who has taken all of the first-team snaps during Oregon's 13 spring practices so far, expects to be utilizing both of the talented tight ends during the 2021 season.

The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Herbert and the 6-6, 240-pound Webb have been making plays again after injuries prevented them both from playing last fall. "Spencer Webb has always been there. Patrick Herbert is doing really well," Brown said when asked which tight ends have been playing with the first team. "I haven't really been able to work with the young guys yet, but I'll probably get some work in with them in the summer." Oregon loses Hunter Kampmoyer to graduation after he led the Ducks' tight ends with 14 receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns in Joe Moorhead's first season as offensive coordinator. - Register Guard


(DS#5 TE) rFr/2024 TE Patrick HerbertOregon
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  04/29/21 - Anthony BrownrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-1, 226 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  What has the last year been like for Anthony Brown? More of a nightmare than the Oregon dream he had growing up. "Considering everything, just to keep it short, it's been an experience," Brown said after the Ducks' spring practice Tuesday. "Something that's hard to explain, and it would take me all day to explain it, so I'll just leave it at that." Brown arrived in Eugene last April as a graduate transfer planning to compete for the starting quarterback job Justin Herbert had held for the previous four seasons. Due to the pandemic, many of Brown's new teammates had packed their bags and headed home. So the 6-foot-2, 226-pound former Boston College standout did his best to stay sharp in isolation.

Without the benefit of spring practice or a normal fall camp, Brown wasn't able to overtake Tyler Shough ahead of the truncated 2020 season. After finally getting snaps on the Pac-12 championship game and Fiesta Bowl, Brown decided to return to Oregon. "Just having faith," Brown said. "Sticking it out here, I feel like was my best option. I felt like there was a lot more to take from this opportunity. We're still here and we're still grinding." Brown has taken all of the first-team reps with the Ducks during spring practice and is the heavy favorite to be the starter on Sept. 4 against Fresno State. - Register Guard


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Anthony BrownOregon
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  04/25/21 - Noah SewellFr/2024, Oregon, 6-2, 250 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  Kayvon Thibodeaux wore a microphone during last Saturday's scrimmage at Autzen Stadium. In a video released by Oregon, one of the better mic'd up moments was from the star defensive end/outside linebacker's interaction with Noah Sewell. "Hey, Noah, live means tackle, not kill," Thibodeaux said. Even in a controlled practice setting, where players are encouraged not to tackle their teammates to the ground, Sewell was sending bodies to the turf throughout his time on the field, including the menacing middle linebacker's violent takedown of running back Travis Dye. Playing every snap aggressively is about to pay off in a big way for Sewell's brother, former Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in next Thursday's NFL draft. The apple didn't fall far from the football family tree for the younger Sewell.

"That person across from you, I'm trying to pursue my dreams, and he's the only one stopping me from pursuing my dreams," Sewell said of his relentless approach during a Zoom with the local media Thursday. Sewell was a five-star recruit and lived up to the billing by earning Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year and Football Writers Association of American freshman all-American honors in 2020 after finishing tied for the team lead with 45 tackles, including a team-high 24 solo stops. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound second-year freshman is expected to have a starring role for new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter. "We're going to have guys like Noah, a traditional inside linebacker, but we're also going to have him up at the line of scrimmage and bring him off edges," DeRuyter said. - Register Guard


(DS#1 ILB) Fr/2024 ILB Noah SewellOregon
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  04/20/21 - Anthony BrownrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-1, 226 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Brown, the sixth-year senior, has taken all of the first-team snaps and clearly has the best grasp of second-year offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead's playbook. Without the opportunity to compete last spring and with an abbreviated fall camp, Brown wasn't able to beat out Tyler Shough at quarterback last season. After they split snaps in the Pac-12 championship and Fiesta Bowl, Shough transferred to Texas Tech and Brown became the favorite to be Oregon's starter in 2021. "I love AB," running back CJ Verdell said when asked about Brown last week. "He's a real leader on and off the field, does a great job of rallying everybody, making sure he knows everybody, building a good bond and chemistry with all the players, especially on the offense. "Even last year when Tyler was the main guy, and (Brown) was backing him up, he was still doing the same things. The transition was very natural for him." Jay Butterfield appears to have the strongest arm and the best pocket presence among the three freshmen quarterbacks. He threw a touchdown pass to Terrance Ferguson in the 2-minute drill to finish Saturday's scrimmage strong. - Register Guard

(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Anthony BrownOregon
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  04/14/21 - Verone McKinley IIIrSo/2023, Oregon, 5-10, 196 (DS#4 FS) + More +

  Oregon completed its fifth spring football practice Saturday, which is one more than the 2020 Ducks squeezed in before the pandemic shut everything down. Coach Mario Cristobal would still like to see a lot more before unveiling a quarterback depth chart. "Trying to get quarterback pecking order information out of me is like Fort Knox-type stuff," Cristobal said after Saturday's full-pad practice in Autzen Stadium. "So I'll hang onto that for a little bit longer and try to feed it out as it gets a little bit more clear." The "quarterback" of Oregon's secondary is already clearly defined.

Verone McKinley, a safety known for his thorough film study and knack for making big plays, is the leader on the back end of a defense that features All-American Kayvon Thibodeaux at the line of scrimmage and Isaac Slade-Matautia and Noah Sewell at inside linebacker. "I feel like I'm a general back there. I've got to be the guy," McKinley said. "I feel like I have that responsibility on my shoulders and I put it on my plate in order to make sure we're leading this defense." McKinley is a fourth-year sophomore after redshirting in 2018, earning freshman all-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America in 2019 and with eligibility frozen in 2020 due to the pandemic. During Oregon's 4-3 finish last season, the 5-foot-11, 196-pound McKinley was third on the team with 41 tackles. Slade-Matautia and Sewell finished with 45 tackles each. - Register Guard


(DS#4 FS) rSo/2023 FS Verone McKinley IIIOregon
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  04/11/21 - Johnny Johnson IIIrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-0, 199 (DS#47 WR) + More +

  Johnny Johnson thought playing in the Fiesta Bowl would be the perfect ending to his career at Oregon. The homecoming was supposed to be a full-circle moment for the senior wide receiver from Chandler, Ariz. Johnson led the team with four receptions, but the Ducks ended up on the wrong end of a 34-17 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 2 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. While watching the Cyclones celebrate their victory over the Pac-12 champions, Johnson started to think seriously about using the extra year of eligibility being offered by the NCAA. "The decision was weighing heavy on me, whether to come back or not," Johnson said Thursday. "Just seeing that confetti go in the air, and it wasn't us celebrating, I think that kind of just sat with me the wrong way. I was just kind of taking everything in for my decision. "Ultimately, that helped make my decision because I didn't want to end that way as a Duck. I want to do great things here." Johnson, along with fellow super senior Jaylon Redd, are leading what they believe could be a special wide receiver unit in 2021. - Register Guard

(DS#47 WR) rSr/2022 WR Johnny Johnson IIIOregon
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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#9 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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