The Oregon Ducks wrap up their offseason workouts with the annual spring game at 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 14.
Oregon spring game time, details
Date: April 21, 2018
Location: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.)
Time: 2 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Oregon spring score, updates
Oregon spring game preview
The Ducks are operating under their third coach in three years but have transitioned smoothly from Willie Taggart to Cristobal. While the team lost its first game of Cristobal’s tenure, the offseason has gone well 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.
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.