Snap Count Takeaways: Major notes from Oregon’s usage report vs. California

It’s always a good thing when you can get deep into the conference schedule and still find games where depth players get a chance to see the field. While those opportunities are usually limited to the non-conference slate and a select few games during the season, the Oregon Ducks have found a way to take the starters out of 4th quarters in numerous contests this season.

That was the case on Saturday against the California Golden Bears in a 63-19 victory. While Bo Nix and the starters spent the first three quarters building a massive lead, the final quarter allowed for a litany of underclassmen to see the field and get some valuable experience.

Here’s a look at the snapcounts from Saturday’s game, and some takeaways that we got from them.

Total Snaps — 71-80

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  • LT Josh Conerly (77)

  • RT Ajani Cornelius (77)

  • C Jackson Powers-Johnson (72)

  • LG Marcus Harper (72)

  • QB Bo Nix (72)


  • None

Total Snaps — 61-70


  • WR Troy Franklin (69)


  • None

Total Snaps — 51-60

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  • RB Bucky Irving (54)

  • TE Terrance Ferguson (51)

  • WR Tez Johnson (51)


  • S Tysheem Johnson (56)

  • CB Khyree Jackson (56)

  • S Steve Stephens IV (56)

  • S Evan Williams (56)

  • CB Jahlil Florence (55)

Total Snaps — 41-50

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  • RG Iapani Laloulu (50)

  • WR Gary Bryant Jr. (50)

  • WR Traeshon Holden (43)


  • DE Brandon Dorlus (50)

  • EDGE Jordan Burch (46)

  • LB Jeffrey Bassa (42)

Total Snaps — 31-40


  • RG Steven Jones (38)


  • LB Jestin Jacobs (37)

Total Snaps — 21-30


  • TE Patrick Herbet (30)

  • RB Jordan James (24)


  • DL Casey Rogers (26)

  • LB Jamal Hil (24)

  • LB Bryce Boettcher (22)

  • DT Taki Taimani (22)

  • EDGE Mase Funa (21)

Total Snaps — 11-20


  • TE Casey Kelly (20)

  • LG Dave Iuli (16)

  • QB Ty Thompson (16)

  • RG Nishad Strother (16)

  • WR Kyler Kasper (14)

  • WR Jurrion Dickey (11)

  • LT George Silva (11)

  • RT Kawika Rogers (11)


  • DT Popo Aumuvae (19)

  • EDGE Teitum Tuioti (17)

  • EDGE Emar’rion Winston (14)

  • EDGE Jake Shipley (13)

  • DT Keyon Ware-Hudson (13)

Total Snaps — 0-10

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  • TE Kenyon Sadiq (10)

  • RB Jayden Limar (6)

  • RB Dante Dowdell (5)

  • LT Faaope Laloulu (2)


  • S Cole Martin (8)

  • EDGE Blake Purchase (8)

  • S Daymon David (8)

  • CB Dontae Manning (8)

  • CB Trikweze Bridges (8)

  • LB Connor Soelle (3)

  • DT A’Mauri Washington (2)

  • DL Terrance Green (2)

  • EDGE Ashton Porter (1)

  • EDGE Jaeden Moore (1)

  • DT Johnny Bowens (1)

Takeaway: Poncho Sees High Usage

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For a true freshman, OL Iapani Laloulu has seen a lot of the field already this year for the Ducks. That’s especially true after his snaps nearly doubled on Saturday against the Golden Bears. Poncho played a total of 50 snaps on Saturday, all of which came at the RG position in relief of Steven Jones. As the season has gone on, we’ve seen the true freshman gain more and more of a role on this offensive line.

Takeaway: Burch Sets Season High

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Without true freshman Matayo Uiagalelei suited up for this game, EDGE Jordan Burch saw his season high in snaps, getting a total of 48 in the day. His previous high was 42 in Week 7 vs. Washington. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Burch returns to a normal amount of snaps — between 30 and 40 — once Uiagalelei returns, or if we can expect the elevated number to continue.

Takeaway: LB Rotation Gets Clarity

With three games now under his belt, it’s clear that Jestin Jacobs’ role is starting to grow on the Oregon defense. Alongside Jeffrey Bassa, Jacobs played 37 total snaps on Saturday, compared to just 24 for Jamal Hill. While there is an LB rotation, it seems like Jacobs is taking the lead.

Takeaway: A Group of Low Usage

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A handful of guys saw less of the field than I expected them to on Saturday. Those guys are Nikko Reed (9 snaps), and Dontae Manning, Trikweze Bridges, and Blake Purchase, all of whom played 8 snaps each. Whether it was a scheme fit or something else, I will be watching to see their utilization going forward.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire