Today, the Oregon football players will be playing in a practice scrimmage against each other. The scrimmage will serve as an opportunity for the underclassman to make a strong case for extra playing time during the season.
A new name that is getting thrown into the mix at quarterback is Justin Herbert. Herbert is an incoming freshman from the local Sheldon High in Eugene. Veteran wide receiver Darren Carrington spoke highly of Herbert to the media following Saturday’s practice.
“Herbert could be higher on the depth chart if he were here earlier.”
Travis Jonsen is also going to be evaluated heavily in today’s scrimmage. Jonsen connected with Carrington for a score during Saturday’s live drills. Most sources believe he and Prukop are the main competitors.
The Ducks have a surplus of talent at the receiver position. Carrington, Dwayne Stanford, and Charles Nelson are all back. However, true freshmen Tristan Wallace and Dillion Mitchell are also breaking into the mix for more touches.
Taj Griffin told Ryan Thorburn of the Register-Guard that Mitchell is a game changing player. “He’s one of those guys who can just make a play out of nowhere,” said Griffin.
Griffin is also a player who can benefit from today’s scrimmage. Royce Freeman sits out today, giving Griffin and his fellow running backs more touches. Freeman is, without question, the starter if the opening game was tomorrow, but Griffin has been messing around in the slot this spring.
Today is also a chance for the “tweener” players on defense to solidify themselves in a new position, because of the switch to a 4-3 defense this offseason. Among them is Justin Hollins, who is still getting comfortable with the switch to defensive end. Hollins has changed to playing weakside defensive end, competing against Jalen Jelks and Torrodney Prevot.
Today’s scrimmage should allow a lot of players the opportunity to win a starting spot as the new season approaches.