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  09/01/21 - Troy FranklinFr/2025, Oregon, 6-1, 169 (DS#9 WR) + More +

  One of Oregon's heralded freshmen receivers earned a starting job to open the season. Troy Franklin will start at the X receiver spot for the No. 11 Ducks against Fresno State on Saturday (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network). Franklin beat out Isaah Crocker and Devon Williams, who was limited for a significant amount of fall camp, for the job. "Troy has done a great job proving himself as a guy that we feel can win football games here," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "(He's) practicing at a high level. Got here in January, putting the right kind of investment in the weight room, in his body, his development physically and mentally, and made a lot of plays in practice. "Devon is working through some things, was limited earlier in camp and is working to - he's still going to be a contributor and I'm sure he'll work his way to a more prominent role and that's what we expect of him." One of Oregon's mid-year enrollees, Franklin led the Ducks with four receptions for 93 yards in the spring game and continued performing at a high level in camp. He was among the players of the day after multiple practices. - The Oregonian

(DS#9 WR) Fr/2025 WR Troy FranklinOregon
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  08/31/21 - Mycah PittmanrSo/2024, Oregon, 5-11, 206 (DS#19 WR) + More +

  Expectations have been high for Mycah Pittman from the day he arrived at Oregon. The third-year sophomore may finally be able to reach them in what he and the Ducks hope is a full season for the wide receiver. Pittman might have the greatest potential and pro prospects of Oregon's returning receivers, but he's rarely gotten to show it so far. He enters 2021 with 26 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns over two seasons, with 12 games played and nine games missed, and it's actually closer to an even split. A broken collarbone sidelined him for the first four games in 2019, when he later broke his forearm and missed three more games. Pittman officially missed two games last season due to contact tracing, though he barely played against Oregon State.

"That first camp of his he was lights out," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "I'll never forget it was this particular practice (after the second fall scrimmage) two years ago he injured his shoulder. I remember leaving that practice it felt like we had lost a game; that's how devastating it was because he was playing so well. "He's healthy, he's focused, he's locked in, motivated, he takes the hard coaching and (receivers coach Bryan) McClendon, he does the best job of anyone in the country at wide receiver. Those two have formed a really good bond and Mycah wants to be great, he wants to be pushed and he's getting a full dose of it. He's been extremely productive, he's made explosive plays, he's become a gritty player. Always had that in him but now he's doing it in the running game as well. Expecting a huge year out of him." - The Oregonian


(DS#19 WR) rSo/2024 WR Mycah PittmanOregon
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  08/31/21 - Jonathan DenisrFr/2025, Oregon, 6-3, 296 (DS#999 C) + More +

  An Oregon offensive lineman is out indefinitely. Ducks second-year interior offensive lineman Jonathan Denis suffered an injury last week and was not included on the team's depth chart for the season opener against Fresno State on Saturday (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network). "He had an injury the other day," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "He was just about splitting time with the ones. We think his injury is going to be probably a little bit longer. He may be out for a little while." A mid-year enrollee in 2020, Denis did not appear in a game last season but was with the second-team offensive line at center. He repped at several interior spots during fall camp. - The Oregonian

(DS#999 C) rFr/2025 C Jonathan DenisOregon
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  08/28/21 - Anthony Brown Jr.rSr/2022, Oregon, 6-1, 226 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Anthony Brown was officially announced as Oregon's starting quarterback Friday afternoon, getting the expected nod over a trio of freshmen who continue to compete for the backup role. "He's a starter because he's done a great job and the others are battling for that other spot because they've done a great job as well," coach Mario Cristobal said after Friday's practice in Autzen Stadium. "It's not a matter of great performance versus poor performance, they've all developed under (offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead) and the system. Proud of them and want to see them keep competing." Brown, a sixth-year senior who started 28 games in four years at Boston College before transferring to Oregon in 2020, was Tyler Shough's backup last season.

Brown played in the Pac-12 championship game and Fiesta Bowl last season and was a combined 15-of-23 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed seven times for 40 yards and two scores. His first start as a Duck will be against Fresno State at Auzten Stadium on Sept. 4. Brown came into the fall as the projected starter and spent the last three weeks securing his standing. "The way he handles himself and has control of command of the offense, his presence amongst the players, at the line of scrimmage. his ability to improvise, sometimes negotiate throws in tough situations, his ability to run the ball as well," Cristobal said when asked how Brown separated himself. "His explosive-play ratio has been high against a defense we feel is really good." - Register Guard


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2022 QB Anthony Brown Jr.Oregon
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  08/28/21 - Jamal HillrSo/2024, Oregon, 6-0, 199 (DS#13 FS) + More +

  Oregon Ducks defensive backs Jamal Hill and DJ James have been reinstated to the team for practice but will not play in the season opener against Fresno State after missing three weeks of preseason practice following their alleged involvement in shooting an airsoft gun in downtown Eugene earlier this month. Hill and James, both third-year sophomores, were back with the team for its Friday practice at Autzen Stadium. "They're practicing with us and they will not be available for the Fresno State game," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said.

With James and Hill both officially out for the first game, Oregon will turn to fifth-year junior Bennett Williams to start at nickel and either third-year freshman Trikweze Bridges or second-year freshman Dontae Manning to start at boundary corner. The competition between Bridges and Manning will continue into game week, said Cristobal, who earlier in the week said both would play in the game. Hill and James were both charged in municipal court on Tuesday with two counts of reckless endangering, two counts of disorderly conduct and unlawful discharge of a firearm for their alleged shooting of an airsoft gun on Aug. 3 in downtown Eugene. - The Oregonian


(DS#13 FS) rSo/2024 FS Jamal HillOregon
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  08/27/21 - Mase FunarSo/2024, Oregon, 6-2, 265 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  As Oregon's strong-side linebacker, Mase Funa's job is to set the edge of the defense, a task made difficult by opposing offensive tackles and tight ends. As the field-side edge defender, Funa is responsible for cutting down what can be a vast amount of grass for the opposing offense to utilize. "It's a huge role with all that space with the offense has to work on with the field," Funa said. "I try to make it easier on everybody else on the defense to try to set the edge so the running back or the quarterback doesn't have too much space to work with when it comes to running the ball." It's a responsibility Funa has done well in his first two seasons with the Ducks, with 31 tackles including 3.5 for loss in seven games last season.

He was even more disruptive as a freshman, with 8.5 tackles for loss with four sacks, and with a full season and different defensive scheme under Tim DeRuyter, Funa could see more opportunities to get into the backfield against the run as well as the pass. "He's always been a great striker and it's showing up really well," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "He sets edges like very few people do; he can get hands on a tight end, he can take on double teams with tackles and tight ends or tight ends and wings. Set edges, turn the run back and he's also slippery in the pass game as well. Got a great power rush, he's really developed his speed and explosiveness." - The Oregonian


(DS#6 OLB) rSo/2024 OLB Mase FunaOregon
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  08/27/21 - DJ JamesrSo/2024, Oregon, 5-11, 180 (DS#27 CB) + More +

  Oregon Ducks defensive backs Jamal Hill and DJ James were charged in municipal court on Tuesday in connection with their alleged involvement in shooting an airsoft gun in downtown Eugene earlier this month. Hill and James were both charged with two counts of reckless endangering, two counts of disorderly conduct and unlawful discharge of a firearm, according to online court records, which show neither has entered a plea on any of the charges. They are both scheduled for trial on Sept. 8.

Reckless endangering and disorderly conduct are misdemeanors and unlawful discharge of a firearm is a city ordinance violation. Eugene police said at 11:44 p.m. on Aug. 3 a man reported being shot in the face with a "realistic-looking airsoft gun at 14th and Willamette by someone in a sedan that had driven past him." Two other people reported similar incidents in a close time and proximity. One, riding an electric scooter, claimed he was "almost hit by the vehicle as it left the area," according to police, who spotted the vehicle nearby and later cited Hill and James each for three charges of reckless endangering, assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and disorderly conduct. - The Oregonian


(DS#27 CB) rSo/2024 CB DJ JamesOregon
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  08/26/21 - Johnny Johnson IIIrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-0, 199 (DS#39 WR) + More +

  Johnny Johnson III was the last Oregon Ducks player to leave the field after the Fiesta Bowl. It could have been the final college game for the wide receiver. "Seeing that confetti go in the air and it wasn't us celebrating, I think that sat with me the wrong way," Johnson said. "I was taking everything in for my decision and 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, who had 19 receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns in the shortened 2020 season, chose to come back for one more. Even among Oregon's super seniors he's one of just three to have spent their entire career at UO.

And he's the most accomplished of the group, boasting 114 career catches for 1,617 yards and 14 touchdowns, while emerging as one of two Pac-12 players with 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards and 10 TDs. "Johnny's played so much ball," receivers coach Bryan McClendon said. "His attention to detail and his attitude and his approach to every single day is really, really, really great to have. Not just for my room but for the team in general." Johnson has played all of the receiver roles for the Ducks and that versatility is part of what allows him to stay on the field regardless of Oregon's personnel package. Having a defined spot could be preferable, but Johnson said he'll "play any of them." Ducks cornerback Dontae Manning called Johnson a "technician" and said he's the toughest matchup in practice. "He breaks everything down," Manning said. "No wasted movement, no false step, gets in and out of the breaks, good hands, great speed." - The Oregonian


(DS#39 WR) rSr/2022 WR Johnny Johnson IIIOregon
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  08/25/21 - Jeffrey BassaFr/2025, Oregon, 6-2, 217 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  It's difficult not to notice Jeff Bassa on the football field. At 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, the freshman is Oregon's biggest defensive back and a natural fit at the nickel position. "When he first got here, looked like he should play linebacker - still looks like that but he moves like he can play DB now," fellow nickel Bennett Williams said. "That's the work that he's put in, that's a testament to it." Bassa enrolled early and got to learn Tim DeRuyter's defense during the spring, which he capped off by making three tackles during the spring game.

"I feel like that helped me a lot, coming in learning the playbook, going through the fourth quarter program and getting along with the coaches," Bassa said. "Getting used to the college environment and going through classes has helped me a lot since now I can go through fall camp comfortably and play how I want to." He said safeties coach Marcel Yates taught him the finer points of the communication and coordination in the secondary, which are much different and more advanced than in high school. Bassa delivered with a pass breakup during an early practice in camp. "Jeff is already super developed even physically and mentally," field safety Verone McKinley III said. "He's picking the defense up, he's flying around, he's understanding where he needs to be." - The Oregonian


(DS#999 OLB) Fr/2025 OLB Jeffrey BassaOregon
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  08/24/21 - Bradyn SwinsonrFr/2025, Oregon, 6-4, 234 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Few players in Oregon's front seven are in line for a potential jump in production and playing time as Bradyn Swinson. The second-year freshman edge defender had three tackles last season, but has spent the offseason overwhelmingly with the first-team defense in a variety of roles. "This week at practice (he) was probably the player that took the biggest jump of anybody at any position," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "That's Bradyn Swinson; he did it the run game setting edges, he did it in the run game taking on double teams, which when you're a freshman and you're an edge player that's one of the most difficult things that you have to do. When you're called upon to do that and you've never done it before, at least not with guys that know what they're doing (and) where they're going, it's very difficult. He did a great job with that. As a pass rusher he continues to progress more and more and more."

The 6-foot-4 Swinson arrived at UO in the spring of 2020 before the pandemic halted practices. He said he weighed around 280 pounds, which he's since cut to 245 (Oregon listed his weight as 269 pounds last fall and 234 now for the same overall drop). "It was a grind but I also want to show appreciation to my teammates and my strength staff because they took time in, they told me if I do this this will be a big step for you," Swinson said. "I really appreciate them for that and I listened and they got me into a better spot to where I'm at now...I feel great out there. I was like, 'Ooh, I can move a little bit more than I used to." - The Oregonian


(DS#999 OLB) rFr/2025 OLB Bradyn SwinsonOregon
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  08/23/21 - Cam McCormickrSr/2022, Oregon, 6-5, 259 (DS#87 TE) + More +

  Cam McCormick's football career the last three years has been a revolving door of surgeries, setbacks, more surgeries and more setbacks. But with less than three weeks until Oregon opens its season at home against Fresno State, the sixth-year senior tight end from Bend is on track to play for the first time since he was the opening-game starter in 2018. When that happens, "I might shed a tear, I don't know," fellow tight end Spencer Webb said recently. "I know what he's been through. I know what his family's been through with that situation. I'm going to be freaking the loudest one on the sideline going crazy. I'll probably run on the field and get a penalty. I'm excited for him and can't wait for that moment." It's been a wild ride for the 6-5, 259-pound McCormick, whose athleticism and pass-catching skills moved him to the top of the depth chart as a redshirt sophomore.

However, late in the first quarter against Bowling Green at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018, McCormick caught a pass from Justin Herbert and was tackled for a 2-yard loss that sent him into a three-year tailspin. McCormick broke his fibula and tore the deltoid ligament in his ankle on that play, sidelining him for what he assumed would be just the rest of the season. It became a considerably longer recovery. - Register Guard


(DS#87 TE) rSr/2022 TE Cam McCormickOregon
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  08/23/21 - Patrick HerbertrSo/2024, Oregon, 6-5, 248 (DS#6 TE) + More +

  Oregon has lost a tight end due to injury. Third-year freshman Patrick Herbert, who missed the 2020 due to a knee injury, suffered another knee injury during Saturday night's practice at Autzen Stadium and is out indefinitely. "It's a good knee injury, so he'll be down for a while," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. "With DJ (Johnson) joining us again and the way that Cam (McCormick) is coming around, we feel good about the depth there, but certainly going to miss Patrick because he was playing great football for us. "Really after coming off of a knee injury, he had been playing really well; more physical, running routes was really well, has always had great hands. After being here a couple of years he was getting accustomed to playing at a high level. Overall the group has good depth and we feel good about them." Herbert has played in just one game, against Nevada in 2019, in his career. He was UO's No. 2 tight end this offseason and worked with the starting offense, including making a pair of eight-yard catches during the spring game. - The Oregonian

(DS#6 TE) rSo/2024 TE Patrick HerbertOregon
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  08/22/21 - Noah SewellrFr/2025, Oregon, 6-2, 251 (DS#1 ILB) + More +

  It hasn't taken new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter long to become enamored with one of the young stars he inherited when former DC Andy Avalos left for Boise State. Second-year freshman inside linebacker Noah Sewell, the 2020 Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year, has been a standout performer during the first two weeks of fall camp. "I think Noah's practicing as good as anybody on our defense right now," DeRuyter raved. "Every time we turn that tape on, whether it's guys making strip attempts to take the ball away, whether it's guys pursuing the football, whether it's guys finishing a tackle, he's almost always on the example tape. I think it's just a really nice testament to him and (co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson) getting him to that point."

As a true freshman, the 6-3, 251-pound Sewell led the Ducks in tackles last season with 45 and led all Pac-12 freshmen in tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (2.0). Of course, DeRuyter knew all this when he took the Oregon job in December. Watching it live in the spring and again now, remains impressive. "The intensity with which he practices at really sets a high standard for everybody else and sets that bar where everybody has to go play at his level," DeRuyter said. - Register Guard


(DS#1 ILB) rFr/2025 ILB Noah SewellOregon
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  08/20/21 - Trey BensonFr/2024, Oregon, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Trey Benson remembers the day immediately. December 1st, the Tuesday practice before Oregon's game at Cal, the freshman running back suffered a season-ending knee injury. "Basically," Benson said. "I tore everything." Benson tore his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, lateral meniscus, medial meniscus and another tendon. He missed spring practice and lost over 20 pounds following surgery because he couldn't workout his lower body and felt down in wake of the injury. Benson gained the weight back this summer and has been back on the field through the first week of fall camp and says he's 95% recovered and "should be back before Sept. 4" when the Ducks open the season against Fresno State.

"I'm way stronger upper body now," Benson said. "I'm probably one of the strongest; me and CJ (Verdell) are probably close upper-body wise. I got better mentally as well too...I used to be negative all the time. Now, positive is the key." With Verdell and Travis Dye atop Oregon's depth chart for a third straight season, the competition at running back is for a complementary or situational role. Cyrus Habibi-Likio did that the past few years but is now at Boise State. Sean Dollars showed he was a viable option to take over but an offseason knee injury will keep him out well into the season. - The Oregonian


(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB Trey BensonOregon
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  08/18/21 - Troy FranklinFr/2025, Oregon, 6-1, 169 (DS#9 WR) + More +

  Arrived in time for spring practice with the intention of changing the run-first culture for which the Ducks are known, and began making inroads on that quest right away. Had four catches for 93 yards in the spring game, and was cited by coach Mario Cristobal for looking like a veteran by the time fall camp opened. At 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, he appears to be in line for a starting spot on the outside on a team loaded with freshmen talent. - AP College Football

(DS#9 WR) Fr/2025 WR Troy FranklinOregon
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