The Oregon Ducks made some progress in 2017, going 7-5 during the regular season — an improvement of three wins from 2016. With quarterback Justin Herbert returning along with some key defensive pieces, the Ducks could be Pac-12 North contenders in 2018.
Willie Taggart is off and running at Florida State, while the Ducks installed Mario Cristobal as coach. The Ducks have a number of highly touted incoming freshmen and a highly regarded coaching staff. The defense made huge strides under defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt in his first season in Eugene. If his history is any indication, the defense will improve even more in Year 2.
Spring practices have gone well under Cristobal, and the new coach has installed Alabama’s fourth quarter offseason conditioning program. The Ducks have looked strong thus far, and the new coaches expect big results during the spring game.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Oregon spring game:
Oregon spring game time, details
Date: April 21, 2018
Location: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon)
Time: 2 p.m. PT
Which TV channel is the Oregon spring game on?
The Oregon spring game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
How can I watch Oregon spring game online?
How can I listen to the Oregon spring game on the radio?
You can listen to the Oregon spring game via TuneIn and the Oregon IMG Sports Network.
Oregon spring game preview
The Ducks are operating under their third coach in three years but have transitioned smoothly from Taggart to Cristobal. While the team lost its first game of Cristobal’s tenure, the offseason has been rock solid and the team appears to be in a very solid place.
Everyone will be focused on Herbert’s development in his third year in Eugene. The junior has the size, mobility, intelligence and arm to make him a legitimate NFL prospect. If Herbert can put it all together this season, he could be a dark horse Heisman contender. Expect him to dominate the spring game, although Oregon’s defense has some standouts of its own.
The Ducks return a very strong front seven, led by Jalen Jelks and Troy Dye. Both Jelks and Dye are expected to be future NFL players and could both be in contention for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. They could get off to a great start in 2018 by dominating the spring game.
Beyond the stars, there are some big-time jobs up for grabs and someone could star at the spring game and make his case to be a starter. The Ducks are very inexperienced in the secondary and need some legitimate playmakers at wide receiver, running back and tight end.
The Ducks are losing two of their biggest playmakers in RB Royce Freeman, the school’s all-time leading rusher, and WR Charles Nelson. The Ducks have a stable of running backs with Tony Brooks-James and Darrian Felix. Starting spots are up for grabs at wide receiver. Dillon Mitchell is the team’s leading returning receiver and is primed for a breakout season. Other players who should contribute in 2018 are TE Jacob Breeland and WRs Johnny Johnson III, Brenden Schooler and Jaylon Redd. Freshman Jalen Hall, a 4-star receiver, also could find his way on to the field.
In the secondary, sophomores Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir will man the cornerback position, while senior Ugo Amadi is the leader of the group at safety. The Ducks have two incoming 4-star safeties in Steve Stephens and Jevon Holland who potentially could make their way into the starting lineup.