Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Oregon Ducks season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Oregon Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 9-4 overall, 5-4
Head Coach: Mario Cristobal, 2nd year, 9-5
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OREGON OFFENSE
– It wasn’t the warp speed attack of previous versions of Oregon, but it was still a good O averaging 427 yards and 35 points per game. But now the dominance has to come with almost everyone back and with more talent on the way. The offense was going to be good no matter what, and then …
– Justin Herbert came back for his senior year. His decision to return was the moment that took the expectations to a whole other level, considering he would’ve almost certainly been a New York Giant this football season had he taken off. Now he has to take his game up a few notches.
The size, athleticism and arm are all there, and he was able to limit the interceptions with just eight, but he only completed 59% of his passes. He’s a potential franchise pro passer, and there’s no excuse not to play like it every week considering everything else is in place.
– The line that was good enough in pass protection and got stronger as the season returns all five starters, good depth, and four all-stars including Second Team All-Pac-12 left guard Shane Lemieux.
Job One is to keep Herbert in one piece, and blasting away for the 1-2 rushing punch of sophomores CJ Verdell and Travis Dye – they combined for close to 1,800 yards and 14 scores – won’t be a problem. However, the ground game that averaged just 4.4 yards per carry needs to be over five.
– Dillon Mitchell is the one big loss from the offense. He took off early for the NFL after catching a team-high 75 passes for 1,184 yards and ten scores, but the corps got a huge boost this offseason by landing Penn State transfer Juwan Johnson.
No. 2 receiver Jaylon Redd is a smallish speedster, top tight end Jacob Breeland should be an all-star, and plenty of options are in place to make up for the loss of Mitchell.