Best Oregon Offensive Player
QB Justin Herbert, Jr.
One of the high-risers in the NFL scouting world – especially considering the mediocre class of quarterbacks expected to come out next year – the 6-6, 231-pound passer has the big arm and the accuracy to go along with enough mobility to take off when needed and run for five scores.
Just as he was getting rolling – throwing for 251 yards or more in his first four games with eight touchdowns and two picks – he completed 7-of-8 passes for 86 yards and a score against Cal, ran for a touchdown, and … he broke his collarbone. He was terrific when he returned late in the year, and now he might just work his way into a top five overall draft pick in 2019.
2. RB Tony Brooks-James, Sr.
3. TE Jake Breeland, Jr.
4. OG Calvin Throckmorton, Jr.
5. C Jake Hanson, Jr.
Best Oregon Defensive Player
DE Jalen Jelks, Sr.
The 6-6, 246-pound veteran grew into the team’s top pass rusher with 6.5 sacks with 15 tackles for loss and 58 stops. He shed a little weight, got quicker, and put up a terrific season earning All-Pac-12 honors – and he’s still getting better. Late to the game – he didn’t start playing until high school – he’s showing NFL upside now with his athleticism and motor. Get ready for a huge year.
2. LB Troy Dye, Jr.
3. DT Jordan Scott, Soph.
4. S Ugochukwu Amadi, Sr.
5. CB Thomas Graham, Soph.
Key Player To A Successful Season
OT Brady Aiello, Jr.
The 6-7, 312-pounder started out his career at left tackle before Tyrell Crosby emerged as a star and took over the gig. Aiello has the experience, and he has the ability to be the key guy on the line back at left tackle after working on the right side last season. Now he gets to protect the NFL franchise quarterback working on Justin Herbert’s blindside. Keep No. 10 healthy, and the Ducks will be in for a big year.
Key Game To The Oregon Season
Stanford, Sept. 22
It’s the Pac-12 opener for what will be the 3-0 Ducks – they start against Bowling Green, Portland State and San Jose State – but Stanford will have already dealt with a loaded San Diego State and USC. If Oregon wins this and takes down Cal on the road a week later, that sets up a huge week off of hype before hosting Washington. Win that, and look out.
That will be easier said than done considering the Ducks lost to the Cardinal and Huskies by a combined score of 208-51 over the last two seasons.
2017 Oregon Fun Stats
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Opponents 110 – Oregon 69
– Penalties: Oregon 121 for 1,138 yards – Opponents 69 for 711 yards
– Rushing Touchdowns: Oregon 40 – Opponents 19