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Oregon Football

Torres' Take

September 11, 2019
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Week 2 and the Ducks put a hurt on the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Ducks looked phenomenal, albeit against a mid-level Mountain West team. There are a lot of positives to take away, and I’m sure fan morale is much higher now.

We’ve got a couple of updates on recruits and some recent team news.

Keith Brown

The top player in the state of Oregon made another visit to Eugene this past weekend for the Nevada game. The visit went great, and it appears the Ducks only strengthened their position.

Brown spent a lot of time with 2020 linebacker Noah Sewell, and the two are very close. I’d say it’s safe to say the Ducks lead for Sewell as well, and a lot of good things could happen given their relationship.

Brown spent most of his time with coaches Mario Cristobal, Andy Avalos and Ken Wilson. He told me that Jim Mastro really likes him at running back and that he’s trying to get him to carry the ball a bit at the next level.,A lot of high school players play both ways, and Brown totes the rock for Lebanon High School every week.

Brown added that he plans to take visits to Washington State and Washington this season, but will table other visits until the winter and next summer. The highlight of his Eugene visit was having dinner with the coaching staff and their families, as well as hearing Cristobal address the Ducks after their big win.

Jaylin Davies

Oregon has been active in their pursuit of the elite junior cornerback from Mater Dei. Contact has increased with Davies now being a junior. He said he speaks with Cristobal, and the two parties are working on getting him to Eugene for a visit this season.

Davies has been keeping tabs on the Ducks and has been impressed by the much improved play of the Ducks’ defense this year. Davies holds a multitude of impressive offers that include the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State. There are currently no crystal ball predictions for him, but he has taken visits to both of his hometown schools (UCLA and USC), as well as Clemson.

Davies spent the off-season competing with his team 7-on-7 team, Ground Zero. A more in-depth update will be posted soon.

Nevada Game

Wow. Just wow. The Ducks needed a victory to get back on track and build up some more confidence, and this game went about as perfectly as it could have.

Justin Herbert didn’t start particularly strong, going 3 for his first 8, but after that the guy was LOCKED IN. He ended up 19 for 26 and threw for 5 touchdowns behind 310 yards and no interceptions.

What stood out to me about his performance was that he distributed the ball really well, as each touchdown went to a different player. Oregon’s receivers played a great game despite still being down some big names.

Deommodore Lenoir was great. He was technically sound and very physical, a very welcome sight.

Also, because it was such a drumming, a lot of younger guys got to play. Steve Stephens recorded an interception, and newcomers Keyon Ware-Hudson, Mykael Wright and Sean Dollars saw action.

It would be great if the Ducks could continue this trend Saturday, as it would allow them to fully utilize the four games players are allotted before having to give up their redshirt status. Getting a lot of practice reps is great, but live game experience is even more telling.

The defensive line depth is astounding. This might be the deepest collection of pass rushers we’ve seen in recent years.

The Kickers

The Ducks experienced some attrition Monday as junior kicker-punter Adam Stack informed the Ducks of his decision to transfer, mainly due to his lack of playing time. We’ve seen freshman Camden Lewis handle most of the point-afters, field goals and kickoffs for the Ducks up to this point.

Stack's decision wasn’t exactly timely, as walk-on kicker Zach Emerson had been arrested Sept. 2 on criminal mischief and trespassing charges. As of right now, Emerson still on the roster but is not currently with the team, leaving the Ducks with only one scholarship kicker.

A single point can be the difference between winning and losing. Kicking shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Injuries

Not to be lost in the Ducks' success are the injuries still plaguing this squad.

Juwan Johnson didn’t play for the second straight week. The grad transfer jumbo receiver was expected to play a major role after coming over from Penn State.

News was also released that sophomore linebacker Adrian Jackson broke his foot and will be out for the entire season. That will test the Ducks’ depth at linebacker and force some young bucks into early playing time; a bit of a trial by fire. There is reason to be confident and excited, as freshman linebacker Mase Funa has impressed early.

Mycah Pittman tweeted out “2 Weeks,” which likely means he is closer to returning to the field. The capacity in which he will return remains to be seen, but his presence is one that elevates this team and their level of competition.

Fans also anxiously await the return of tight end Cam McCormick, who is listed as day to day. The tight ends put on a show Saturday, and this group is doing well without one of its leaders.

 
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