Ducks release depth chart

This morning, Oregon released the football depth chart for the Nicholls game.

OFFENSE

WR 16 Daryle Hawkins Sr.  6-4 198 or 11 Bralon Addison So.  5-10 181

LT 64 Tyler Johnstone So.  6-6 277 62 Matt Pierson So. 6-6 267

LG 63 Mana Greig Sr.  5-11 287 72 Andre Yruretagoyena So.  6-5 284

C 55 Hroniss Grasu Jr.  6-3 297  78 Karrington Armstrong Sr.  6-3 277

RG 54 Hamani Stevens Jr. 6-3 312 71 Everett Benyard III Sr.  6-7 308

RT 75 Jake Fisher Jr.  6-6 293 77 Cameron Hunt Fr.  6-4 282

TE 15 Colt Lyerla Jr.  6-5 250  83 Johnny Mundt Fr. 6-4 232 80 Koa Ka’ai So.  6-4 235 85 Pharaoh Brown So.  6-6 241

WR 1 Josh Huff Sr.  5-11 199  19 Eric Dungy Jr.  6-1 182

QB 8 Marcus Mariota So.  6-4 215 17 Jeff Lockie Fr.  6-2 194 or 3 Jake Rodrigues Fr.  6-3 217

RB 6 De’Anthony Thomas Jr.-2L 5-9 171 9 Byron Marshall So.-1L 5-10 201

WR 7 Keanon Lowe Jr. 5-9 186 20 Chance Allen Fr. 6-2 199 or 23 B.J. Kelley So. 6-2 183

Comment: Stevens and Greig, a former walk-on, won a close battle at guard. Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood regularly rotates, mixes and matches his entire two-deep, particularly in the early season for depth, health and versatility.

Addison, Kelley and Allen will get a chance to show what they can do in the receiver rotation. Freshman Johnny Mundt had a big fall camp and looks to be the first tight end off the bench and the one most likely to be on the field in two tight end sets.

As the most explosive weapon in college football The Black Momba is the lead back, but as always the Ducks will use him in a variety of roles. Byron “Smash” Marshall figures to be the workhorse after a solid month in fall practice. Freshman sensation Thomas Tyner will get carries and could emerge as a dazzling new option in the offense as the season continues. With 10.38 speed in the 100, “Dash” Tyner is among the fastest Ducks ever. Mariota, listed at 215, has matured physically, adding 20 pounds of sinew and muscle since his redshirt year. What a dazzling array of weapons in an offense that exploded for 49.6 points a game last season.

DEFENSE

DE 66 Taylor Hart Sr.  6-6 287 44 DeForest Buckner So.  6-7 286 97 Jared Ebert Sr. 6-5 282

DT 92 Wade Keliikipi Sr. 6-3 299 56 Alex Balducci So. 6-4 297

DT 9 Arik Armstead So.  6-8 296 90 Ricky Heimuli Sr. 6-4 314 99 Sam Kamp So. 6-4 266

DE 91 Tony Washington Jr. 6-3 245 96 Christian French So. 6-5 244 31 Oshay Dunmore Fr. 6-2 201

MLB 48 Rodney Hardrick Jr. 6-1 231  34 Rahim Cassell So. 6-0 223 19 Tyrell Robinson Fr.-HS 6-4 217

WLB 22 Derrick Malone Jr. 6-2 221 35 Joe Walker So. 6-2 230 or 33 Tyson Coleman So. 6-1 225

SLB 25 Boseko Lokombo Sr. 6-3 232 33 Tyson Coleman So. 6-1 225 or 86 Torrodney Prevot Fr. 6-3 214

CB 27 Terrance Mitchell Jr. 6-0 189 3 Dior Mathis Jr. 5-9 175

FS 21 Avery Patterson Sr. 5-10 189 4 Erick Dargan Jr. 5-11 212

SS 12 Brian Jackson Sr. 5-10 197 8 Reggie Daniels Fr. 6-1 198

CB 14 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Jr. 5-10 195 13 Troy Hill Jr. 5-11 168

Comment: The secondary is among the deepest and best in college football. Avery Patterson has made a full recovery from ACL surgery and wins the starting nod at free safety. Dargan will play a lot also in a variety of defensive packages, the third leading returning tackler and the Ducks top interceptor in 2012 with five. The linebackers will rotate heavily; noteworthy is junior Rodney Hardrick getting the #1 position at middle linebacker. Hardrick is a form tackler with good size, healthy now after injury problems in his first two years. Arik Armstead has made rapid improvement between his freshman and sophomore years, now listed ahead of senior Ricky Havili-Heimuli, the Ducks biggest defensive lineman at 314. This is another position group that rotates in shifts, so both will play a ton over a long season of nicks and dents.

SPECIALISTS

KO 49 Matt Wogan Fr. 6-2 197 41 Alejandro Maldonado Sr. 5-10 187

PK 41 Alejandro Maldonado Sr. 5-10 187 or 49 Matt Wogan Fr. 6-2 197

P 41 Alejandro Maldonado Sr. 5-10 187 30 Dylan Ausherman Jr. 6-3 185

KR 6 De’Anthony Thomas Jr. 5-9 171 7 Keanon Lowe Jr. 5-9 186

PR 11 Bralon Addison So. 5-10 181 6 De’Anthony Thomas Jr. 5-9 171

LS 39 Drew Howell Sr. 6-2 225

HLD 14 Dustin Haines Sr. 6-3 212

Comment: Matt Wogan is kicking off, so the Ducks should pin opponents deeper on kick returns, resulting in better field position, better starts for the defense. He averaged 85% touchbacks in high school. Sure-handed and shifty, Bralon Addison just looks more comfortable handling punts than De’Anthony Thomas. Addison made two difficult catches on punts in the Fiesta Bowl. Veteran backup quarterback Dustin Haines holds for placekicks, which means the full arsenal of Oregon fakes and feints is in play, particularly on extra points.

 

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