Spencer Webb could debut for Oregon on Saturday.
The four-star tight end will redshirt this season, but could still play in the final two games of the regular season and a bowl game due to a new NCAA rule that allows players to save a year of eligibility if they play in four games or less.
Webb is behind Jacob Breeland, Ryan Bay and Kano Dillon on the depth chart at tight end, but has moved up on special teams.
“He has not gotten a ton of reps at tight end because we have got to rep those guys at certain things,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said after Wednesday's practice. “Spencer has repped a lot on special teams so there is a pretty good chance he will play in this game. Potentially on offense, but we feel good about his chance to play on special teams.”
The 6-foot-6 Webb is one of a few true freshmen who have yet to play in a game along with receivers J.J. Tucker and Isaah Crocker, offensive linemen Christopher Randazzo and Dawson Jaramillo and linebacker MJ Cunningham.
“I see a lot of guys who are going to be really good football players,” Cristobal said. “To me, Spencer Webb really stands out. His body is already 245 pounds. He is a great route runner who is learning how to block. You see what he is going to be.”
Andrew Johnson, a 6-foot-2 freshman linebacker from Georgia, has not played while recovering from an injury. Cristobal said he is still not allowed to participate in contact drills.
“He looks great running around,” Cristobal said. “He is a big guy, athletic and explosive. It would be awesome if he was ready now, but health will be first and foremost the priority.”
Cristobal added that inside linebacker Nate Heaukulani, a junior-college transfer, could play his first game against ASU as Oregon deals with injuries at that position.
A few Ducks can play in another game or two and still sit out a redshirt season, including sophomore quarterback Braxton Burmeister, who has appeared in three games. True freshman quarterback Tyler Shough has played at the end of two games, leaving him two more opportunities to play.
Freshman defensive lineman Andrew Faoliu has played in two games while defensive backs Steve Stephens and Verone McKinley III have each appeared in three games.