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Oregon Ducks 2021 College Football Team Breakdown (Depth Chart, Schedule & Betting Preview)

Matt Gajewski

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No. 12 Oregon Ducks

2020 Record: 4-3
Returning Starters: Offense No. 9, Defense No. 7

Key Metrics and Personnel

  • Head Coach — Mario Cristobal (25-10)
  • Offensive Coordinator — Joe Moorhead
  • Defensive Coordinator — Tim DeRuyter
  • Points/Game — 31.3 (41st)
  • Plays/Game — 62.7 (122nd)
  • Pass Rate — 46.01% (69th)
  • Yards/Att R — 4.9 (34th)
  • Yards/Att P — 9.0 (11th)
  • Yards/Att Allowed R — 4.2 (54th)
  • Yards Att Allowed P — 6.7 (23rd)
  • Points Allowed/Game — 28.3 (58th)
  • Vegas Win Total – 9, Over -115, Under -105

Notes

Cristobal took over as Oregon’s full-time coach in 2017. Joe Moorhead has coordinated the offense since 2020. Tim DeRuyter will be the new defensive coordinator this year. He was Cal’s defensive coordinator from 2017-2020.

Recruiting Class: No. 6

Top Recruits:

  • Kingsley Suamataia — OT — No. 35
  • Ty Thompson — QB — No. 39
    Troy Franklin — WR — No. 40
  • Dont’e Thornton — WR — No. 56
  • Bram Walden — OT — No. 84
  • Keith Brown — LB — No. 113
  • Avante Dickerson — CB — No. 121
  • Jaylin Davies — CB — No. 150
  • Seven McGee — RB — No. 151
  • Molokai Matavao — TE — No. 156
  • Isaiah Brevard — WR — No. 171
  • Byron Cardwell — RB — No. 188
  • Jackson Light — No. IOL — No. 192
  • Terrance Ferguson — TE — No. 228
  • Daymon David — S — No. 231
  • Jonah Miller — IOL — No. 281
  • Jonathan Flowe — LB — No. 301
  • Keanu Williams — DL — No. 324
  • Jeffrey Bassa — S — No. 340

Daily Fantasy Players to Watch

QB Anthony Brown, RB C.J. Verdell, WR Devon Williams

Oregon Ducks Depth Charts

Offense: 9 Returning Starters

  • QB: Anthony Brown, Ty Thompson
  • RB: C.J. Verdell, Travis Dye, Sean Dollars
  • WR1: Mycah Pittman, Johnny Johnson
  • WR2: Devon Williams, Kris Hutson
  • WR3: Jaylon Redd, Troy Franklin
  • TE: D.J. Johnson, Cam McCormick
  • LT: Steven Jones, Kingsley Suamataia
  • LG: T.J. Bass, Ryan Walk
  • C: Alex Forsyth, Jonathan Denis
  • RG: Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu
  • RT: George Moore

Defense: 7 Returning Starters

  • Edge: Kayvon Thibodeaux
  • DT: Popo Aumavae
  • DT: Brandon Dorlus
  • Edge: Mase Funa
  • LB: Isaac Slade Matautia
  • LB: Noah Sewell
  • CB: Mykael Wright
  • CB: D.J. James
  • CB-N Jamal Hill
  • S: Jordan Happle
  • S: Verone McKinley

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Oregon Ducks Breakdown

Oregon went 4-3 last year with losses to Oregon State, California and Iowa State. Oregon State and California were one score games. They beat USC 31-24. They now return 9 starters on offense and 7 on defense.

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At quarterback Oregon lost Tyler Shough to transfer. Anthony Brown should start. He barely played last year, but he is a former start from Boston College. His completion percentage is 55.2% over his career. He has never passed for more than 2121 yards, but Boston College was extremely run-heavy.

At running back Oregon returns C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye. Injuries played a role here, but Dye led the team with 443 yards (6.9 yards per carry). He previously rushed for 739 yards and 658 yards in his first two seasons. He caught 12 and 16 passes in those campaigns as well. Verdell only played in five games last year but finished with 65 carries for 285 yards. He ran for 1,018 and 1,220 in his two previous seasons. He also caught 27 and 14 passes in those years as well.

Receiver should be a position of strength after Oregon returned their top four receivers in Devon Williams (15 for 286), Jaylon Redd (25 for 281), Johnny Johnson (19 for 267) and Mycah Pittman (8 for 123). They also get some high-profile freshmen four-stars in Troy Franklin, Dont’e Thornton and Isaiah Brevard.

Tight end is still relatively unknown. They lost Hunter Kampmoyer but return D.J. Johnson after he caught 10 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns last year. He previously played defense. Cam McCormick, Spencer Webb and Patrick Herbert provide depth.

Oregon’s offensive line had to deal with the Penei Sewell opt-out last year, but now they return six players who started games. Still, this unit ranked 75th in pass blocking. Alex Forsyth was SecondTeam All-Conference at center. Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu and T.J. Bass were Honorable Mention at the guard spots. George Moore and Steven Jones return as starting tackles.

On defense, they lost Jordan Scott, Austin Faoliu, Deommodore Lenoir and Nick Pickett. On the line, they return Kayvon Thibodeaux, Mase Funa, Brandon Dorlus and Pop Aumavae, who all played last year. Noah Sewell and Isaac Slade-Matautia were both Honorable Mention Pac-12 linebackers. Jamal Hill and Mykael Wright were All-Pac-12 corners, while D.J. James now steps up for Lenoir. Jordan Happle and Verone McKinney are returning starters at safety.

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Oregon 2021 Football Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Fresno State 2:00 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 11 Ohio State 12:00 p.m. Away
  • Sept. 18 Stony Brook 7:30 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 25 Arizona 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Oct. 2 Stanford 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Oct. 15 California 10:30 p.m. Home
  • Oct. 23 UCLA 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Oct. 30 Colorado 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Nov. 6 Washington 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Nov. 13 Washington State 12:00 p.m. Home
  • Nov. 20 Utah 12:00 p.m. Away
  • Nov. 27 Oregon St 12:00 p.m. Home

Oregon Football Betting Outlook

Oregon plays Ohio State in non-conference play on top of Fresno State and Stony Brook. Within the Pac-12 they drew Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Utah away, while facing one of the easiest home schedules with Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado, California and Arizona. This is a difficult schedule by Pac-12 standards. They dodge USC and Arizona State. Ohio State in non-conference play is rough, but the better side here is the over.


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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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