Injury updates and Pac-12 set Stanford game time
Anthony Brown was knocked out of play against Stony Brook on Saturday and did not play in the second half of Oregon’s No. 3 blowout win.
That could be the only game time the starting quarterback missed, announced coach Mario Cristobal on Monday.
“I feel good with Anthony,” he said. “He looks really good.”
However, there are other question marks on the injury front that will kick off the Duck’s first Pac-12 game of the season in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Arizona at Autzen Stadium.
Defensive player Kayvon Thibodeaux, who has not played since his left ankle sprain in the first half of the season opener against Fresno State, was described by Cristobal as “everyday life”.
Defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter said Monday that Thibodeaux was lobbying to play against Stony Brook but has not yet been cleared by team doctors.
Bradyn Swinson, who started for Thibodeaux against Ohio State and recorded five tackles and one sack, also missed Saturday’s game with an unspecified injury and is listed as doubtful for the Arizona game, Cristobal said.
He was more optimistic about the return of linebackers Mase Funa, Keith Brown and Adrian Jackson, who missed the game against Stony Brook, as well as right tackle Steven Jones and receiver Troy Franklin, who left the game on Saturday with injuries.
Anthony Brown was 14-on-18 pass for 159 yards and a touchdown before being sacked hard back-to-back to end the first half.
That was no problem for the Ducks (3-0), who beat Stony Brook 31-0 in the second half after turning to real freshman Ty Thompson on their way to a 48-7 win.
“He’s a particularly cool customer,” said offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. “There weren’t any big eyes when he was told he was getting into the game. He was very confident, cool, calm and collected. “
Thompson finished 6-for-9 for 82 yards and touchdown passes of 54 and 1 yards to other real newbies in receiver Dont’e Thornton and tight end Terrance Ferguson.
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The Ducks made six drives on four of Thompson’s.
“Ty did a wonderful job,” said Travis Dye on Saturday. “I told him before he went out to trust him and trust his eyes. He’s a great quarterback. He’s very hard to pin down, he’s very strong and he did a great job today. “
Moorhead said Thompson’s performance came as no surprise. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound former five-star recruit from Gilbert, Arizona, threw 9,891 yards and 100 touchdowns during his career at Mesquite High School, and stormed 1,145 yards and 20 scores as well.
“He’s incredibly talented, that’s the first,” said Moorhead. “Everyone probably had a pretty good idea of this throughout the entire recruiting process. All five stars were earned. He had a very impressive résumé as a high school quarterback. But what I notice about Ty is his dedication to preparation and the mental aspect. … He brings a very balanced, but competitive demeanor into the room and into the offensive. “
Freshman quarterback Jay Butterfield also saw limited action against the Seawolves but was at the forefront of the Ducks’ final scoring drive of the game. He completed 2-of-3 passes for 22 yards.
“They were solid,” said Cristobal of the two newcomers to the quarterback. “A very small sample size to really get a lot of insight into performance, but what stands out in the first place is the elimination of any mental and physical defects. Very cool when they walked in there. Unimpressed, just like in practice. The adversity we present these guys in practice and the pace at which we train really paid off because they went in there and looked home. So have a lot of trust in these two guys. These guys are two really, really good football players with a bright future. “
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Pac-12 honors McKinley and Bass
Security Verone McKinley III continues to reap the rewards of outstanding gaming achievements.
The third-year runner-up was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after the Ducks’ 48-7 win over Stony Brook.
McKinley had two interceptions and three tackles in play and helped the defense take out the Seawolves in the second half. He was Bronko Nagurski’s national defensive player of the week last week after Oregon’s victory at Ohio State. McKinley’s late interception helped seal the Buckeyes win.
Left Guard TJ Bass was also named offensive lineman of the week of the conference, making him the second Oregon offensive lineman to earn the league honor in as many weeks, following in the footsteps of center Alex Forsyth.
Bass was credited with four knockdown blocks against Stony Brook when the Ducks ran for 173 yards.
Pac-12 sets playing time for Stanford
After the Ducks played back-to-back games with late kick-offs, the Ducks will finally come back to light on October 2nd in Stanford.
The Pac-12 announced a 12:30 p.m. start on ABC Monday for the Ducks’ first conference road trip of the season.
Oregon started against Stony Brook last Saturday after 5 p.m. and welcomes Arizona next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The only other fixed-time game on the Ducks schedule is October 15 against California, a game on Friday night at 7:30 a.m. on ESPN.
The Cardinal (2-1), whose 42-28 upset what was then No. 14 in Southern California on Sept. 11, ousted the Trojans from the top 25 and resulted in the sacking of Trojans coach Clay Helton, UCLA host No. 24 on Saturday , the first week that will be consecutive against the ranked opponents at Stanford Stadium.
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