Oregon Ducks “More Than Likely” To Be Without Multiple Tight Ends, Nose Tackle Against Washington State

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EUGENE – Oregon will likely be without several tight ends and their No.2 nose tackle again this week.

Popo Aumavae, Cam McCormick, Spencer Webb and Hunter Kampmoyer all missed Saturday’s season opener against Stanford for undisclosed reasons. McCormick and Webb were known to recover from injuries prior to last week and Aumavae announced ahead of the game that he would also be out.

“More than likely, they won’t be available for this week,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “We’re going to do what we can do. “

Close fourth-string winger DJ Johnson, who went on offense from the defensive end in the spring, had five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown on Saturday.

“DJ is a guy with a change of position, came and had to learn a new attack like everyone else,” said offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. “I just kept scratching and scratching, and when he had his opportunities at camp he played a few games. His number has been called and I think he has stepped up his efforts. I thought he was having a great game.

Johnson and Cooper Shults on foot were the only tight ends to play for Oregon against Stanford. Cristobal credited tight ends coach Bobby Williams for preparing the whole squad.

“Cooper is tough. Cooper is smart. Cooper is young, ”Cristobal said. “His eyes were pretty much big when he got there and he was up to the moment; it wasn’t too big for him, really proud of him. (That) just goes to show you when you think of where DJ was several months ago, he was actually on the other side of the ball, and the way things were systematically, the processes in place have him. made possible with a lot of effort – because the player still deserves all the credit – and then working with Coach Bobby at the process level. Williams getting him ready to play, he played a really good game.

“I trust these two guys. We hope to be in good health as soon as possible, but we’ll wait to see and give you a report on this later in the week. “

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