There are still 100 days until Oregon football kicks off the 2019 season against Auburn on August 31, 2019. But, why not publish a prediction?
The Ducks have six options at tight end but I predict you will be hearing Cam McCormick's name ringing through Autzen Stadium a lot this season.
McCormick won the starting spot last year but suffered a season-ending left leg injury in the first game of the season. The Bend, Oregon. native is back in action and poised to have a breakout junior season. He returned for Oregon's spring football and practiced with the first team.
Expect the 6-foot-5, 260-pound pass catcher to be a big (literally) weapon for quarterback Justin Herbert. As the Ducks' largest tight end, McCormick has NFL size and tools to make an impact this season.
After surgery and eight months of rehab, McCormick said his leg feels stronger than ever.
"I'm going to give every little, last ounce I have," McCormick said during UO spring football.
McCormick excels at blocking and is physically imposing at the point of attack in the run game. In the passing game, he has great hands, is tough to take down, with surprising speed.
As a redshirt freshman in 2017, McCormick played in all 13 games. Although he has just three starts and seven career receptions, he showed off his big and deep-threat play ability against Arizona, with a season long 35-yard catch.
How can the Ducks make the most of Herbert's last season at UO? Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo alluded to some tinkering with the Oregon offense for 2019. The Ducks are adding wrinkles to their running game while balancing the gift of Herbert's big arm. McCormick's return adds a big target for that big arm.