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Oregon dismissed senior LB Fotu Leiato following his late April arrest on charges of second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft.

Leiato (6'0/200) was actually dismissed immediately after his arrest, but the news of that dismissal is just breaking now. He's being cut loose in relation to an odd incident in April in which he was arrested after he removed a parking boot from his vehicle. That's a no-no. He also skipped out on an early April court appearance -- relating to an unpaid bus fare in November -- which led to an arrest warrant being issued on April 9. Leiato had turned in a strong spring prior to his running afoul of the law. He ends his Oregon career having appeared in 38 games (just one start), with 37 tackles recorded in that space.
Source: 247Sports
May 25 - 11:46 AM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Oregon four-star 2019 ATH Jeremiah Criddell to Ohio State WR K.J. Hill.

Interestingly, Lugbinbill writes about Criddell almost exclusively as a wide receiver, with nary an allusion to his upside as a defensive player. While ESPN lists the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder as an "athlete," both Rivals and 247Sports give him a pure corner designation. Peeking in on him from the offensive side, Luginbill writes that he is "very productive with a good combination of size and strength." He notes that the newest baby Duck is more quick than fast. ESPN ranks Criddell as the No. 60 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
May 23 - 2:09 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 RB Sean Dollars.

Dollars was originally supposed to commit on Mother's Day, but he pushed back his decision a week before pledging to the Ducks. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound tailback was also considering Georgia, Florida State, USC, Washington and Nevada. He's ranked the top all-purpose back in the country by 247 Sports, and his ability to make plays in the passing game and as a more "traditional" tailback could see him pay immediate dividends when he enrolls at some point in 2019.
May 21 - 11:37 AM

Oregon received a verbal commit from four-star 2019 CB Jeremiah Criddell.

Criddell (6'1/185) ranks 60th overall on ESPN's rank of the top 300 recruits for the 2019 season, and the sixth-best corner on 247 Sports composite list. It's a huge get for Mario Cristobal and his staff, and Criddell also had offers from schools like Washington, LSU, Oklahoma and many others. His size suggest he's an ideal fit for the outside, and reports indicate he has the speed and athleticism to play catch up when necessary.
May 21 - 11:18 AM

Redshirt junior G Dallas Warmack is transferring from Alabama to Oregon.

Warmack (6'2/313) was rumored to be heading to Oregon as soon as he announced his decision to transfer earlier in May, but now it's official. Because he's transferring as a graduate, he'll be immediately eligible to play for the Ducks, and will also have two years of eligibility. He's the brother of Chance Warmack, a former first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans back in 2013.
May 20 - 11:34 AM

Oregon freshman QB Tyler Shough completed 5-of-8 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Shough (6'5/195) is competing with Braxton Burmeister for the right to serve as backup to starter Justin Herbert this coming season. Said HC Mario Cristobal of the four-star freshman's initial foray into collegiate practice this spring, "What stands out about him in the offseason is he is a relentless competitor." Cristobal also noted that Shough "doesn't flinch when he's challenged (by the coaching staff)."
May 19 - 3:36 PM

The Oregonian's Tyson Alger writes that Oregon sophomore WR Jaylon Redd is "a strong candidate to get a lot of play out of the slot, with a similar size and talent level to Charles Nelson."

"This spring, Redd showed an ability to make plays in space, using his agility to juke defenders out of their shoes — that was evident during a 50-plus yard kickoff return in the spring game," writes Alger, who pegs the 5-foot-8, 171-pound sophomore as one of 10 Ducks to watch for a potential breakout season following strong work in the spring. In a similar vain, ESPN's Edward Aschoff tabbed him as the team's breakout spring performer earlier this offseason. Look for HC Mario Cristobal and staff to utilize the wideout in a variety of fashions this fall. He caught a modest five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown last season (also rushed for 63 yards on nine carries). Those numbers could potentially receive a sizable upgrade during the coming season.
May 19 - 2:34 PM

Oregon HC Mario Cristobal said that redshirt freshman T Alex Forsyth is "very much in the mix to be a starter here on the offense line."

Cristobal refers to the 6-foot-3, 282-pound Forsyth as a "five-position guy" along the line. Five positions though he may be able to play, the redshirt freshman figures to be doing most of his work at tackle in Eugene. He's been listed as the backup right tackle behind George Moore this offseason, but his exact place and role on the depth chart won't clarify until August camp.
May 19 - 1:47 PM

Oregon senior LB Kaulena Apelu (ankle) registered nine tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown during the team's spring game.

Impressive numbers for Apelu in exhibition work, but the most encouraging takeaway with the linebacker this spring comes in the fact that he made it through the entire practice regiment without running into any issues relating to the fractured ankle he sustained against Cal at the end of September last season. That fracture cost him the remainder of the 2017 campaign. Oregon HC Mario Cristobal noted earlier this offseason that the senior linebacker did not appear to be favoring the ankle at all.
May 17 - 4:55 PM

The Oregonian's Tyson Alger points to Oregon senior LB Fotu Leiato as a standout performer from spring practice.

Alger writes that the 6-foot, 200-pound Leiato -- who began his career as a safety but has since shifted to linebacker -- appeared "invigorated" during the Duck spring game. He's appeared in 37 games for his career in Eugene, but has started just one contest to date. While he should have an opportunity to push for playing time in preseason camp, Leiato is going to have to keep clear of trouble this summer. He was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree theft near the end of April after allegedly removing a boot from his car. These charges are not serious ones, though, and so long as the linebacker can stay on the good side of the thin blue line, they should be all-but-forgotten by August.
May 17 - 4:09 PM

247Sports' Kevin Wade passes along that Oregon ran the Pistol offense on 70% of their first-half spring game snaps.

In the Pistol, the running back lines up directly behind the quarterback in shotgun, rather than lining up on either side of him as we traditionally see in most spread attacks. That Oregon will be implementing that offense to apparently serious degree shouldn't come as a huge surprise, as Jim Mastro -- their new running backs coach -- orchestrated heavy use of the system while at Nevada in the 2000's. Mastro talked up the advantage of the Pistol earlier this spring, saying, "Your backfield set doesn’t tip anything anymore. What it does is in my opinion, is make defenses show their hand a little bit."
Source: 247Sports
May 15 - 4:34 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Patrick Herbert.

Before you ask, yes, Herbert is the younger brother of Oregon starting quarterback Justin Herbert. Considering the relationship -- and the fact that Herbert is from Eugene -- this was a foregone conclusion, but the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end also had offers from schools like Penn State, Nebraska and Cal. He ranks 13th among tight ends in 247 Sports ranking, and the top player in the state of Oregon. The question now is whether or not he'll have a chance to catch passes from big bro, as Herbert is considered one of the top prospects at the position for the 2019 draft.
May 14 - 11:32 AM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler mocked Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert to the New England Patriots at pick No. 32 for the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Patriots were heavily-linked to several quarterbacks in the 2018 class, but outside of a ho-hum seventh-round selection of LSU's Danny Etling, opted not to address the eventual, inevitable retirement of Tom Brady. Brugler sees them perhaps addressing that need next spring with Herbert. His draft stock is not yet settled -- as is the case with the vast majority of prospects at this juncture -- and we've seen him mocked as high as the No. 2 overall selection in early thought exercises.
May 12 - 1:54 PM

Edward Aschoff listed sophomore WR Jaylon Redd as Oregon's breakout star during spring practices.

Redd (5'8/171) was a four-star signing who showed flashes of brilliance in 2017, but didn't get the ball as often as he or Oregon would have liked last fall. That should change this year. "Redd is only 5-foot-8, 171 pounds, but he was electrifying at times this spring," Aschoff writes. "The coaches found ways to get the ball to the quick-twitch slot receiver in space, on reverses and with quick passes." It could be a monster year for the sophomore in 2018.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 7:01 PM

247Sports' Erik Skopil reports that Oregon freshman RB Jamal Elliott will transfer.

Perhaps call it a case of buyer's remorse. Elliott (5'10/180) has barely spent a feather's breadth of time with the Ducks in Eugene this offseason, having only just signed on with the program in December. More odd than the fact that the four-star freshman is already transferring -- it happens sometimes -- is the fact that there was little indication that such a move was even remotely in the cards. After enrolling with the program in January, Elliott took part in spring practice without issue. And he seemed to understand his standing on the depth chart, saying in mid-April (a day before the team's spring game) that "redshirting wouldn't be a problem" and that he actually relished the opportunity of a year off to learn the system if that's what Oregon deemed fit. A little under a month later, it looks as though he's gone like the radio on a mountain road. Elliott will have to sit out the upcoming campaign if he keeps his transfer to the FBS.
Source: 247Sports
May 11 - 3:05 PM


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