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Oregon received a verbal commitment from 2019 four-star T Jonah Tauanu'u.

The commits keep on coming for the Ducks. Tauanu'u is one of the best offensive tackles on the west coast in the eyes of 247 Sports, and ranks 73rd overall and 12th among tackles in their rankings. He took unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Florida, and also was considering Michigan, Washington, Auburn, and Arizona; among others. At 6-foot-5, 317-pounds, Tauanu'u has the frame to be a bookend tackle, and he could be a candidate for early playing time in the Oregon offense. The Ducks remain the class of the Pac-12 according to the 247 Sports team rankings, and they come in fourth overall.
Aug 17 - 10:00 PM

Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout notes that representatives from the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams were watching Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert at practice on Thursday.

Rang also took in the practice, and came away impressed with what he saw from the signal-caller -- for the most part. He noted that the 6-foot-5, 233-pound junior's "rocket right arm and smooth athleticism: are obvious, and he also showed the ability to put loft and touch on the football. "Herbert also has a tendency to guide the ball on throws that require taking something off, too often forcing receivers into jump-ball situations," Rang writes. "This was the case on the final throw of a spirited scrimmage against a freely substituting defense to cap practice Thursday." There's work to be done it sounds like, but if scouts believe Herbert's issues are fixable, he's very likely the first quarterback off the board this spring.
Aug 17 - 6:54 PM

Oregon sophomore RB Darrian Felix has not been practicing this week due to an undisclosed injury concern.

Felix (5'10/178) suffered an injury during practice last week and he's since mostly been kept in the shadows during the open-media window. On Wednesday, Felix was spotted walking with a trainer while in street clothes. It's not clear at this juncture just when he might next be able to practice. Felix flashed at times as a true freshman in rushing for 182 yards (6.1 YPC) and a touchdown last season. He's one of several backs -- Travis Dye and CJ Verdell being two other notables -- looking to carve out a role alongside ostensive starter Tony Brooks-James for the coming campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 16 - 2:16 PM

Oregon senior WR Tabari Hines (knee) practiced with the third-team offense on Wednesday.

While Hines has yet to receive first-team reps, that might not be far off. The Wake Forest transfer did not start practicing until last Friday due to his ongoing recovery from offseason knee surgery, but already, has seen his workload ramped up a fair degree. After posting a 53-683-7 receiving line with the Demon Deacons last autumn, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Hines is looking to push Jaylon Redd out of the starting slot role in Eugene.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 16 - 12:54 PM

Oregon redshirt senior TE Kano Dillon (undisclosed) ran routes during Wednesday's practice.

This is the first camp work we've seen from Dillon since the Ducks booted up at the beginning of the month. Just what the 6-foot-5, 256-pounder is dealing with as of current is unknown. The redshirt senior transferred over to Oregon from South Florida this offseason. Assuming he can return to full health, Dillon will be jostling for playing time with fellow tight ends Jacob Breeland, Cam McCormick, Ryan Bay and Hunter Campoyer this coming season. He caught 11 passes for 119 yards in his final season with USF last fall.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 16 - 12:27 PM

Oregon redshirt freshman RB CJ Verdell has been working with the first-team offense this week.

Verdell (5'8/192) sat on Friday due to a minor undisclosed issue, but has been no worse for the wear during the current practice week. Color us quite intrigued by the amount of serious run he's received this offseason. He earlier turned in a standout overall body of work during the spring. Tony Brooks-James has fine athletic chops, but we would not be surprised to see something approaching a committee in Eugene upcoming.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 15 - 4:35 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard projects Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert to be the first quarterback selected in the 2019 draft.

More specifically, he lists Herbert being selected second overall. He "has a cannon of an arm, and the flashes of deadly accuracy are incredible," according to Ledyard. His main concerns are that Herbert "doesn’t always show great poise in the pocket, and he’s still coming along mentally." He is already a popular draft prospect among many, and will likely be one of the top quarterbacks selected with a strong season in 2018.
Aug 13 - 7:27 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore TE Cam McCormick has been running with the first-team offense in practice.

McCormick has pulled ahead of Jacob Breeland, last season's starter. Per 247 Sports, McCormick has "shown very well through the first five days of camp." Oregon has a ton of depth at the position, with USF grad transfer Kano Dillon also fighting for time.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 13 - 11:29 AM

Oregon freshman RB Travis Dye did not participate in practice on Friday due to an undisclosed minor injury.

Dye (5'8/197) inked on the bottom line with Oregon in December, signing as a three-star recruit. He's unlikely to see significant work during the coming campaign barring injury attrition higher up on the depth chart. Consider the true freshman day-to-day moving forward.
Aug 11 - 12:48 PM

Oregon senior WR Tabari Hines (knee) was a limited participant in Friday's practice.

Hines (5'10/170) transferred over from Wake Forest as a graduate in the spring. He's still in the process of recovering from offseason knee surgery, hence Oregon putting the brakes on his August camp by degrees. We expect him to be healthy and ready to roll for the upcoming season, assuming no setbacks. Hines posted a 53-683-7 receiving line for the Demon Deacons last autumn.
Aug 11 - 11:38 AM

Oregon redshirt freshman RB CJ Verdell did not practice on Friday due to a minor undisclosed injury.

Ducks HC Mario Cristobal didn't seem particularly concerned about Verdell's long-term outlook and it's probable that he'll be able to return to action in the very near future. The 5-foot-8, 192-pound redshirt freshman is looking to parlay a strong spring into tangible carries behind expected starter Tony Brooks-James.
Aug 11 - 11:33 AM

Oregon senior RB Taj Griffin worked with the first-team offense on Thursday.

Griffin -- who transitioned to running back earlier this offseason -- had an opportunity for some first-team reps due to injuries to CJ Verdell and Travis Dye. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound senior is looking to carve out a role in Oregon's running backs rotation behind expected starter Tony Brooks-James.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 10 - 3:28 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 LB Ge'Mon Eaford.

Eaford's also was considering Michigan and Auburn -- among -- others, but it's the Ducks who would get the commitment if signing day was today. It's not today, but it's another strong get for what's shaping up to be an outstanding recruiting class for Oregon. A native of Deerfield Beach, Florida; Eaford ranks 23rd among prospects from the Sunshine State, and 11th among all outside linebackers according to 247 Sports rankings. The Ducks now have easily the top recruiting class in the Pac-12 in those rankings, and come in fifth overall.
Aug 3 - 7:28 PM

Oregon freshman ATH Bryan Addison is expected to play both offense and defense for Oregon in 2018.

"[Addison] brings too much to the table to lock him into one side [of the ball]," Ducks HC Mario Cristobal told reporters. Addison was ranked as one of the best athletes in the country when he signed with UCLA, but he transferred to Oregon near the end of July, and it's a huge get for the Ducks. Expect the Ducks to get the speedster the football in various ways, and he should be able to help Oregon in different packages as a safety. Two-way players are really fun, and Addison has the talent to be a very good one.
Aug 3 - 5:02 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO CB Elijah Blades.

Blades (6'2/170) signed on with Nebraska last winter, joining the team as part of now-former HC Mike Riley's final full recruiting class in Lincoln. The speedy, lengthy cornerback prospect decided that the Huskers fit just wasn't right for him last summer and subsequently dropped down to the JUCO ranks with Arizona Western College. He won't be heading to Oregon immediately, but will instead play out his sophomore season with Arizona Western this fall before moving onto the Ducks for what could potentially be his lone year of FBS ball. Blades has NFL upside and will be eligible for the draft after the 2019 season.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 26 - 3:11 PM


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