Projecting Ducks’ offensive depth chart following Oregon Spring Game

The Oregon Ducks’ spring game came and went, and with it came the close of the spring football season in Eugene. We are now once again officially in the second part of the offseason, waiting for a few months until players get back on the gridiron ahead of the start of the 2023 season.

We covered the spring game extensively over the past couple of days. Whether it’s our biggest takeaways or an overall report card for each position group, we’ve got you covered. I also told you my thoughts on QB Ty Thompson, and how after a rough start to the game, I was incredibly impressed at how he turned things around and had a nice outing.

We’ve got attendance numbers, a photo galleryTwitter reactions, and a look back on how all of the recruits in town enjoyed the experience. Now it’s time to look forward and see if we learned anything from these past several weeks.

Coming into the spring, we had an idea about what the depth chart was going to look like for the Ducks. After watching practices and the scrimmage on Saturday, we may have updated opinions on how things are going to shape out.

Here’s our updated prediction for the Oregon depth chart, starting with the offense:


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Projected Starter: Bo Nix

Projected Back-Up: Ty Thompson


No surprises here. Bo Nix is the guy, and the Ducks seem to have a talented backup QB in Ty Thompson, who is starting to come along and show some flashes of what many Duck fans thought he eventually could be.

Running Back

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Projected Starter: Bucky Irving // Noah Whittington

Projected Back-Up: Jordan James // Dante Dowdell


We didn’t see much from Bucky Irving or Noah Whittington in the spring game, but the biggest change on the depth chart for me is the fact that I’ve moved Dante Dowdell up into a share of the backup spot with Jordan James. I think that the Ducks will try to use his physicality as a freshman, and get him on the field more than we initially thought they might.

Wide Receiver

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Projected Starter (X): Troy Franklin

Projected Back-Up (X): Kyler Kasper

Projected Starter (Slot): Tez Johnson

Projected Back-Up (Slot): Justius Lowe

Projected Starter (Z): Kris Hutson

Projected Back-Up (Z): Traeshon Holden


Outside of Troy Franklin, and probably Tez Johnson, this entire depth chart should be written in a very light pencil. There’s a chance that Oregon adds more players to the WR room, with USC WR Gary Bryant Junior and UTSA WR Zakhari Franklin on the open market, and Oregon likely getting in the mix.

Should the Ducks add a pair of incredibly talented WRs this summer, it could change everything. You also have 5-star WR Jurrion Dickey getting to Eugene this summer as well. This depth chart could look completely different in the fall.

Tight End

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Projected Starter: Terrance Ferguson

Projected Back-Up: Kenyon Sadiq // Patrick Herbert


No Terrance Ferguson in the spring game, but that doesn’t change the fact that he will be the starter when healthy. One thing that the spring game did show me was Kenyon Sadiq’s ability, forcing me to move him ahead of Patrick Herbert on the depth chart.

Oregon also added Ole Miss transfer Casey Kelly to the roster last week, so we will see where he slots in this fall.

Left Tackle

Projected Starter: Josh Conerly

Projected Back-Up: Faaope Laloulu


Again, no surprises here. Josh Conerly is your starting left tackle, and the Ducks have a really solid backup in Faaope Laloulu. The left side of the line is strong.

Left Guard

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Projected Starter: Junior Angilau

Projected Back-Up: Marcus Harper


I’m a little bit less confident about this since there is still a position battle to sort out both at the center and left guard positions. It feels like when healthy, Texas transfer Junior Angilau will be the starter, but there’s a chance that Marcus Harper could get back in the mix as well. Of course, Harper is also competing for the starting center spot, so we’ll see how all of that sorts itself out.


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Projected Starter: Jackson Powers-Johnson

Projected Back-Up: Marcus Harper


This is another one of the big position battles on the offensive line, and I think that Jackson Powers-Johnson currently has the job to lose. He was the No. 1 center at the spring game this weekend and has gotten some valuable experience while Harper has been injured. In the end, that extra exposure could be the difference in giving JPJ the starting spot.

Right Guard

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Projected Starter: Steven Jones

Projected Back-Up: Kawika Rogers


No shock here, Steven Jones has been the leading candidate to take over as the starting right guard after Ryan Walk left this past year. Jones is a massive body and will serve well in that role. Behind him, redshirt freshman Kawika Rogers has been getting some valuable reps, and looked good in the spring game.

Right Tackle

Projected Starter: Ajani Cornelius

Projected Back-Up: George Silva


Ajani Cornelius easily slots in as the starting right tackle, which gives the Ducks a great bookend to the line with Conely on one side and Cornelius on the other. Behind Cornelius, George Silva has looked good this spring, and should be coming along nicely by the time the season rolls around.


Field Goal Kicker

Projected Starter: Camden Lewis

Projected Back-Up: Grant Meadors

Kick-Off Specialist

Projected Starter: Camden Lewis

Projected Back-Up: Grant Meadors


Camden Lewis has looked great this spring in both field goal kicking and kick-offs, going a perfect 3-for-3 on FG and booting several into the endzone on Saturday. Grant Meadors could be the future at the position, but there should be no question about Lewis’ role this year.


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Projected Starter: Luke Dunne

Projected Back-Up: Ross James


This is going to be a fun competition to watch, but I think Luke Dunne takes it in the end. Ross James had some nice punts in the spring game, but Dunne still has the consistency that the team is looking for.

Kick Return

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Projected Starter: Bucky Irving // Noah Whittington

Projected Back-Up: Jordan James // Jayden Limar


Special Teams coordinator Joe Lorig talked this spring about wishing he could go back and realize that Bucky Irving was good at returning kicks last year. That leads me to believe that both he and Noah Whittington will be the mainstays this season.

Punt Return

Projected Starter: Tez Johnson

Projected Back-Up: Cole Martin


Tez Johnson typically gets the first reps returning punts in practice, and we’ve see the dynamism that he brings to the field. Cole Martin is someone who really showed out in the spring game and had a nice 29-yard return as well.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire