Remaining transfer portal needs, scholarship count for Oregon Ducks
Welcome to the Ducks Wire transfer portal hub.
Whether you’re looking for information about players to transfer out, players who have transferred in, or where Dan Lanning and the Oregon Ducks might look to add a few more players going forward before the 2023 season, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve got scholarship counts, an explainer on how many scholarships are available to be used, and how the team might use them going forward. We’ve got positions of need, potential positions that could be bolstered, and a handful of players who might fit the billing for the Ducks.
From the end of the 2022 season to now, a ton has happened via the transfer portal. A lot of players have left Eugene, and a lot of players have come to take their places.
The transfer portal window officially closed this weekend, so we’ve got a good chance to take a breath and assess where we are at following spring football. Here’s everything you need to know as an Oregon fan.
Who Left in the Offseason?
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Jay Butterfield (San Jose State Spartans)
Byron Cardwell (California Golden Bears)
Sean Dollars (Nevada Wolfpack)
Seven McGee (Jackson State Tigers)
Aaron Smith (Uncommitted)
Dont’e Thornton (Tennessee Volunteers
Isaah Crocker (Uncommitted)
Caleb Chapman (Incarnate Word Cardinals)
Malachi Russell (Uncommitted)
Isaiah Brevard (Uncommitted)
Moliki Matavao (UCLA Bruins)
Cam McCormick (Miami Hurricanes)
Bram Walden (Arizona State Sun Devils)
Dawson Jaramillo (North Carolina State Wolfpack)
Cole Young (Uncommitted)
Keanu Williams (UCLA Bruins)
Bradyn Swinson (LSU Tigers)
Terrell Tilmon (Texas Tech)
Jaden Navarrette (Uncommitted)
Treven Ma’ae (Baylor Bears)
Sir Mells (Uncommitted)
Justin Flowe (Arizona Wildcats)
Keith Brown (Louisville Cardinal)
Jackson LaDuke (Nevada Wolfpack)
Jabril McNeill (Uncommitted)
Brandon Buckner (Middle Tennessee)
Jalil Tucker (Uncommitted)
Avante Dickerson (Uncommitted)
Jonathan Flowe (Arizona Wildcats)
Trejon Williams (Uncommitted)
Who Joined in the Offseason?
Traeshon Holden (Alabama Crimson Tide)
Tez Johnson (Troy Trojans)
Casey Kelly (Ole Miss)
Ajani Cornelius (Rhode Island Rams)
Junior Angilau (Texas Longhorns)
Jordan Burch (South Carolina Gamecocks
Jestin Jacobs (Iowa Hawkeyes)
Connor Soelle (Arizona State Sun Devils)
Khyree Jackson (Alabama Crimson Tide)
Evan Williams (Fresno State Bulldogs)
Tysheem Johnson (Ole Miss Rebels)
Offensive Scholarship Count
Ty Thompson (Rs.)
Kyler Kasper (Rs.)
Junior Angilau (Rs.)
Josh Conerly Jr.
Defensive/Special Teams Scholarship Count
Keyone Ware-Hudson (Rs.)
Devon Jackson (Rs.)
Trikweze Bridges (Rs.)
Bryan Addison (Rs.)
Camden Lewis (K)
Andrew Boyle (Rs.)(K)
Luke Basso (LS)
Luke Dunne (P)
Offensive Scholarships Utilized: 36
Defensive Scholarships Utilized: 43
Special Teams Scholarships Utilized: 3
Total Scholarships Utilized: 82
Available Scholarships: 3
Remaining Needs for Oregon
With as talented as the Oregon WR room currently is, it isn’t as deep as it could be. You feel confident that your top-4 players are solid in Troy Franklin, Traeshon Holden, Kris Hutson, and Tez Johnson, but beyond that there are question marks.
The Ducks have already been openly in the market to land another transfer portal WR or two, so they also see it as a need.
Similar to the WR spot, the Ducks have some great talent at the top of the depth chart at LB, but there’s very little depth. I think taking one of the three open scholarships you have and bringing in a linebacker would be smart.
The offensive line is not a need on the surface, but Dan Lanning and staff have always said that they’re open to adding talent if it becomes available, and we’ve seen them extend a couple of offers in the portal to linemen this spring. I’m not counting on another OL addition, but it also can’t be ruled out.
Again, at the top I think the Ducks feel good at the EDGE, but they could stand to add another player if he becomes available. With Jordan Burch, Mase Funa, and Matayo Uiagalelei, you’ve got nice pieces. But another depth addition could be easily added if the scholarship is available.
I wouldn’t have put defensive back on the list of needs if it weren’t for the news that came out showing Oregon was planning to host UAB defensive back Jaylen Key on a visit this coming weekend. Key is one of the top available safeties in the portal, so that goes to show that Lanning and his staff are willing to add talented players if available.
Wide Receiver Options
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Gary Bryant Jr. (USC)
Career Stats: 18 Games | 53 catches, 645 yards, 7 TD
Gary Bryant has been on a visit to Eugene already this spring, and the Ducks are currently the favorite to land him out of the transfer portal. He’s established a good relationship with QB Bo Nix and has had a great relationship with WR coach Junior Adams since his high school days.
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Zakhari Franklin (UTSA)
Career Stats: 46 Games | 262 catches, 3,348 yards, 37 TD
Zakhari Franklin is one of the newest entrants — and top available players — in the transfer portal this spring. He definitely belongs in the category of elite available receivers, and has a long-standing relationship with Oregon OC Will Stein after playing under him for three seasons at UTSA — the best three seasons of his career.
Other Names to Know
Colorado WR Jordyn Tyson
Colorado WR Montana Lemonious-Craig
Ohio State WR Caleb Burton (Played for Will Stein at Lake Travis HS)
Florida WR Xavier Henderson
Linebacker Names to Know
There has not been a ton of buzz about Oregon reaching out to LBs in the portal this spring, so we are going to skip past the “options” like at the WR position and just make note of some names to know.
Names to Know
Illinois LB Shammond Cooper
Michigan State LB Itayvion Brown
Auburn LB Desmond Tisdol
Texas LB Derrick Brown
EDGE Names to Know
Much like at the LB position, there aren’t a ton of great options at the EDGE spot in the transfer portal. If the Ducks find someone available that they like, they will likely reach out. However, I don’t see many names that pop out to me. Here are some players to at least be aware of.
Names to Know
James Madison EDGE Isaac Ukwu
Colorado EDGE Taylor Upshaw
Offensive Line Options
This is another position where the Ducks don’t have a dire need, but based on an offer that they sent out to former Wyoming OL Emmanuel Pregnon — who since committed to USC — it’s clear they are open to the idea of adding another piece. Here are some of the top names available in the portal:
Names to Know
Colorado IOL Yusef Mugharbil
Florida IOL Ethan White
Houston OT Cam’Ron Johnson
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Safety Jaylen Key (UAB)
Collegiate Stats: 24 Games | 78 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 INT
Again, as has been the case with every other position on defense outside of linebacker, there is not a dire need to fill, but an opportunity to improve if the option is there. According to 247Sports, Key is scheduled to take a visit to Oregon this coming weekend, so the Ducks are obviously interested in adding him. We will see how that visit goes.
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CB Trey Amos (Louisiana)
Collegiate Stats: 30 Games | 59 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT
Trey Amos is another player that the Ducks have reportedly reached out to and extended an offer in the transfer portal this spring. Amos is among the most highly-coveted players in the portal, receiving offers from 14 schools within the first 24 hours of becoming available.
Other Names to Know
Alabama CB Trequon Fegans
Indiana CB Trevell Mullen
Analysis and Predictions
A lot of information to process there. As stated above, the Ducks currently have three open scholarships to work with now that the transfer portal is closed, and they know what players are available to them. There is always a possibility that you will get a medical retirement, or a scholarship opening up for whatever other reason this offseason, but we will operate under the assumption that there are three to work with at the moment.
I think that at least one, and potentially two scholarships will go to the wide receiver room. Oregon fans should feel confident that Gary Bryant Jr. will commit to the Ducks in the coming weeks, and we will wait to hear more about Zakhari Franklin. There has been no news yet about the Ducks offering him, but it just makes too much sense, and I would personally be quite surprised if they did not try to land him.
With one scholarship left after those two potential additions, I think you have to find a linebacker. Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of great linebackers available at least to the naked eye. Dan Lanning’s evaluation is, of course, far greater than my own, so if he sees someone he likes, then trust him.
There will be a couple more additions to the roster this summer, though. We just don’t know exactly where they will be, at the moment.