The Ducks will have a leg up on special teams this week.
Starting placekicker Adam Stack, who was held out of No. 20 Oregon’s three nonconference games because of leg soreness, will be available for the Pac-12 showdown with No. 7 Stanford on Saturday at Autzen Stadium (5 p.m., ABC).
“Adam Stack has kicked and looks like he’s always looked,” coach Mario Cristobal said after Wednesday’s practice. “(He’s) looking really, really good on field goals. And we extended him, too. We had him kick 40 yards and out, and he did a really, really good job.
“All systems go there.”
Walk-on Zach Emerson was 21-for-22 on extra points and had his only field goal attempt blocked during the Ducks’ 3-0 start.
Stack handled the punting duties last year as a true freshman but did not attempt any field goals. Aidan Schneider was 9-for-12 on field goals and made all 63 of his extra points in 2017.
Oregon will also have Brenden Schooler available Saturday after the wide receiver went through concussion protocol following a hit to the head against San Jose State.
Schooler has been practicing in a red non-contact jersey this week.
“He’s full-go,” Cristobal said. “When you wear a red jersey out here your teammates know not to strike you. He did extremely well. I know he was shook up last game, but by Sunday, Monday, he was good to go again. He practiced really well.”
Linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia and offensive lineman Justin Johnson were also wearing red jerseys during drills Wednesday.
Safety Mattrell McGraw (leg) was with the group rehabbing off to the side of the practice fields.
Running back Darrian Felix and offensive lineman Sam Poutasi were wearing protective walking boots on their right feet.
Running back rotation
CJ Verdell was in the backfield for reps with the first-team offense during the portion of Wednesday’s practice open to the media.
The redshirt freshman led the Ducks in receptions (five), carries (15) and all-purpose yards (127) against San Jose State.
“CJ continues to do a nice job,” offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. “All of our backs are all different and in different stages. They all do a few different things but they’ve all got a special gift. … CJ did a nice job, continues to impress as a young guy, and we’re exciting about him.”
Cristobal said senior Tony Brooks-James will start against Stanford but the offense will continue to have a deep rotation at running back.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio has established himself as the goal-line back with four touchdowns on five career carries.
“All of our backs can get touches and all of our backs can be successful. It’s just up to who’s hot on the day,” left guard Shane Lemieux said. “Obviously we have a lot of experience with Tony, but CJ is running really hard, and Cyrus is already the go-to-guy in the end zone just because he’s a power guy.”
Stanford, which boasts the nation’s top scoring defense (7.7 ppg), will be without Casey Toohill against Oregon. Coach David Shaw said the standout outside linebacker will not play because an undisclosed injury. … Oregon is looking for its first 4-0 start since the 2014 season when the program won the Pac-12 and was selected for the inaugural College Football Playoff. … The Ducks are 14-15-1 all-time against top-10 opponents at Autzen but have won 10 of their last 13 matchups against teams ranked in the top 10.
“I try to keep my butt clean,” true freshman quarterback Tyler Shough said on why he spends so much time with the offensive linemen after practice. “They’re great guys. I mean, I love them so much. They’re really good personalities, they’re great guys off the field. Anywhere I can hang out with them and get some food, it’s really fun.”