2022 Oregon Ducks Football Tight Ends Spring Preview

Continuing Ducks Digests’ look at each Oregon position group heading into Spring Football, today we take a look at one of the most interesting talent collections on the roster: tight ends.

In fact, the program is clearly entering the spring with confidence in the depth of the room, as the Ducks haven’t played a tight run this offseason. 2022 tight end Andre Dollar reversed his commitment from Oregon to Washington State in December, and despite losing two rotational players from last season’s squad in Cooper Shultswho was transferred to Nevada, and DJ Johnsonwho looks set to play a full-time defensive role in 2022, this room is still brimming with talent.

Expect to see a lot of rotation among sophomores Terrence Ferguson, Moliki Matavao and junior spencer webb. The three accounted for 95.1% of receptions, 91.8% of yards and 100% of touchdowns credited to the position as of 2021.

Ferguson led the way, who caught 17 balls for 141 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman, living up to his ranking as the nation’s No. 10 tight end in the 2021 recruiting class.

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Meanwhile, Matavao caught nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown after being ranked No. 5 in the same recruiting class.

Moliki Matavao Ohio State

Both players have bright futures, but Webb thinks he’s playing big snaps after passing 13 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in 2021. Despite his redshirt junior eligibility, Webb is entering his fifth season on campus and figures to be a leader in the locker room. that the program is undergoing another personnel change.

During his career at Oregon, Webb caught 31 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers are affected by the fact that Webb only sees action in one game in 2020 due to injuries and redshirts in 2018 as a true freshman.

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However, the wildcards in the tight ends room are two Ducks coming off season-ending injuries: Patrick Herbert and Cam McCormick.

Patrick Herbert Spring Game 2021

The latter’s season ended after his first catch in three seasons, an 11-yard gain to move the chains against Ohio State. McCormick has been working his back in the rotation after missing two full seasons in addition to most of 2018.

As for Herbert, the younger brother of the Chargers franchise quarterback, he’s yet to grab an in-game pass at Oregon since signing up in 2019. Knee injuries have kept him out. gap for all of 2020 and 2021, but he still has plenty of talent as a former four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 6 tight end according to 247Sports.

The only other tight end on the 2021 roster that hasn’t transferred off the schedule or changed positions is the walk-on Tyler Nanneywhich did not record any statistics in Oregon.

If the Ducks were to deal with injuries among tight ends, it seems likely that DJ Johnson would have to switch ends again, unless Oregon agrees to a trade or two.

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