* Justin Herbert, senior
Depth: Braxton Burmeister and Tyler Shough presumably will be back to compete for the role of backup and eventual successor, although prep Cale Millen enrolled early and could be a factor.
* CJ Verdell, sophomore
Depth: Travis Dye and Verdell teamed up in UO's physical running attack, Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored TDs and top prep Sean Dollars figures to see some action as a potential big-play guy.
* Johnny Johnson III, junior
* Brenden Schooler, senior
Jaylon Redd, junior
Depth: We'll go conservative on projections, but it's clear that redshirt freshman Bryan Addison and true freshmen Josh Delgado, Lance Wilhoite, Mycah Pittman and Jaron Waters figure to be given opportunities. Returnees include Daewood Davis, Justin Collins and Demetri Burch.
* Jacob Breeland, senior
Depth: Ryan Day and Cam McCormick (coming off an injury) return, Hunter Kampmoyer and Spencer Webb provide depth, and will Justin's prep brother, Patrick Herbert, compete for playing time?
LT — * Penei Sewell, sophomore
LG — * Shane Lemieux, senior
C — * Jake Hanson, senior
RG — * Calvin Throckmorton, senior
RT — * Brady Aiello, senior
Depth: Per coach Mario Cristobal's plan, the Ducks have loaded up on big linemen, including returnees George Moore, Alex Forsyth, Dallas Warmack, Steven Jones and Sam Poutasi, and touted newcomers Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu (No. 1-rated JC tackle) and Jonah Tauanu'u (top prep).
PK — * Adam Stack, junior
Depth: Zach Emerson provides stable insurance for Stack.
DE — Kayvon Thibodeaux, freshman
DT — * Jordan Scott, junior
DE — * Austin Faoliu, junior
Depth: Yes, Thibodeaux, the top recruit in the country (according to ESPN), likely will start as a true freshman — why wouldn't he? Depth has been recruited and returns with Gary Baker, Popo Aumavae, Drayton Carlberg, Sione Kava, Gus Cumberlander and Bryson Young.
OLB — Adrian Jackson, sophomore
JACK — * Troy Dye, senior
MIKE — Isaac Slade-Matautia, sophomore
OLB — * La'Mar Winston, senior
Depth: Newcomers Dru Mathis (top JC), Ge'Mon Eaford (top prep) and Mase Funa (UO's highest-rated linebacker recruit ever) will compete to play, as should returnees Sampson Niu, Keith Simms and D.J. Johnson.
S — * Nick Pickett, junior
S — Jevon Holland, sophomore
CB — *Thomas Graham Jr., junior
CB — * Deommodore Lenoir, junior
Depth: The likes of Brady Breeze, Billy Gibson, Khalef Hailassie, Verone McKinley III and top prep Mykael Wright should be in the mix behind experienced starters.
P — * Blake Maimone, junior
Depth: Maimone and Tom Snee both got action in 2018, and Stack can also punt.
Jaylon Redd figures to be in the mix, but the Ducks will be looking for punt and kickoff returners.
Sophomore Karsten Battles likely lines up as the new long snapper.
* returning starter
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