Oregon’s impressive depth on the offensive line will be tested when spring practice opens on Saturday.
Starting right tackle Calvin Throckmorton, who suffered a disclosed ankle during the 7-6 win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31 in Santa Clara, Calif., will not participate in the 14 practices or the spring game.
Coach Mario Cristobal said the versatile 6-foot-5, 318-pound senior, who is one of the Pac-12’s best returning players at any position, is mending well from the devastating injury.
“The other day we had snow here. That was almost like a crisis. My man Throck, the car wasn’t budging, so he decided to walk a mile over here on his injured leg,” Cristobal said. “He’s way ahead of schedule, he’s looking great, but he will not participate.”
Junior offensive lineman Sam Poutasi is also out due to knee surgery, and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Justin Johnson will not participate in contact drills due to shoulder surgery.
Senior defensive lineman Gary Baker (ankle), junior defensive lineman Austin Faoliu (knee) and true freshman quarterback Cale Miller (foot) will be limited during the first week of spring practice.
Cristobal said placekicker/punter Adam Stack (hernia) will also be monitored closely.
Cam McCormick, who suffered a season-ending foot injury after opening the 2018 season as the starting tight end, is healthy.
Five members of the touted 2019 recruiting class — Millen, wide receiver Josh Delgado, linebackers Dru Mathis and Ge’Mon Eaford and five-star defensive lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux — are currently on campus and participating in the strength and conditioning program.
“Which they thoroughly enjoyed. Not really, but they’ve endured,” Cristobal said. “They’ve done more than that. They’ve pressed themselves to attack it not just survive it.”
Four more members of the class — tight end Justin Herbert, wide receiver Mycah Pittman, cornerback Mykael Wright and placekicker Camden Lewis — will enroll for the spring term and participate in the final 10 practices.
Special teams coach Bobby Williams will also coach the tight ends this season, which will give Marcus Arroyo more time to focus on his offensive coordinator and quarterback coach duties.
“He’s been part of a great culture for a long time,” Cristobal on hiring Andy Avalos, whose Boise State defense gave the Ducks fits during the Las Vegas Bowl in his losing debut as Oregon’s head coach. “All the respect in the world to the program that he’s from, how they do things, the expectations that they set for their players, the regimen, the structure.”