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Oregon Football

Torres' Take

October 2, 2019
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The Ducks had last week off, so I was a little bored over the weekend. However, I think this bye week came at a good time. It gave the Ducks time to prepare to face one of the premier defenses in the conference – second, perhaps, only to Washington among Oregon's remaining opponents.

***The Juice: Devon Williams is official, Official visitors & more***

The Ducks are back at it this week, and there’s some major recruiting news as well.

Devon Williams

In perhaps the hottest recruiting saga in recent Oregon history, the Ducks landed the 6-4, 210-pound receiver when he decided last week to join the Ducks.

Williams is a former 4-star wide receiver in the class of 2018 who transferred from USC. Shortly after that news broke, word got out that he was going to attend Oregon State; the school’s official Twitter even welcomed him to the team after he visited Corvallis.

As it turned out, the Beavers jumped the gun. Williams never announced his decision himself, and he soon flew home to Los Angeles to mull his decision. He spoke with Mario Cristobal, and the Oregon staff crunched the numbers to try to find room for the promising receiver. For the time being, it’s looking like Williams will start out as a preferred walk-on.

I’m overjoyed at this addition. 18 months ago, Williams told the Ducks he was coming to Eugene, only to pick the Trojans on live TV. Whatever. The Ducks have him now, he’s on campus for the first day of classes, and the Cali Flock movement just got a whole lot stronger.

Here's how Williams broke the news: 

Speaking of wide receivers...

Traeshon Holden

The Ducks continue their pursuit of the 4-star Alabama commit.

Now with 20 commits for the class of 2020, Oregon is running out of scholarships. The Ducks still have some holes to fill: defensive line, wide receiver, defensive back – maybe a second quarterback to compete with Jay Butterfield.

That being the case, if the Ducks do decide to take another receiver it’s got to be “the right guy” -- meaning elite. Holden is a low 4-star who has a pretty extensive offer sheet, so he might fit the bill. Either way, the Ducks are still evaluating receiver options, with Jermaine Burton, Elijhah Badger and Logan Loya still in the mix.

Three schools are at the top of the list for Holden: Alabama, Oregon and USC. He will likely visit Eugene at some point this season, but at the moment his ending up at Oregon seems like a long shot.

Injuries

The buzz this week has been the expected return of as many as three of Oregon’s injured wide receivers. Brenden Schooler and Mycah Pittman both have been full-go at practice, but they will need to pass some final tests before they are cleared to play against the Bears.

I think Pittman’s addition and Juwan Johnson’s eventual return will be huge for this team. A lot of people were unsure of how the younger receivers would step up when called upon, but they’ve played really well; more weapons will only make this offense more deadly.

Center Jake Hanson will also return after being monitored for a possible concussion. That's very timely, as Cal has a great defense and the Oregon offensive line has its best chemistry when Hanson is anchoring it.

Austin Faoliu looks ready to return, but if I’m being honest I don’t think I realized he wasn’t playing. This defense has been playing that well. Throw him back in the lineup and the depth gets significantly stronger.

Cyrus Habibi-Likio is healthy, and receivers JR Waters and Lance Wilhoite are working their way into playing shape.

Cal Preview

The Ducks will welcome the Golden Bears to Autzen Stadium this weekend after having a week off.

The Bears are coming off a rough 24-17 loss to Arizona State in Berkeley that saw them lose starting quarterback Chase Garbers to an upper body injury. Garbers will be out indefinitely, but he has a chance at returning this season.

UCLA transfer Devon Modster will take the reins in Garbers' absence. The Bears boast a talented secondary, but I expect Justin Herbert will be up to the task after seeing how he performed against Auburn.

Four games into the season, Herbert has yet to throw an interception -- which I think is huge. Throw in the home field advantage and I think the Ducks can control this game from the jump.

In any case, the Ducks' offense will get some experience against one of the league's stronger defenses, which will help prepare them for the rest of their schedule.

 
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