For the second time in three recruiting cycles, Oregon had a Las Vegas distraction to overcome.

In 2017, Mario Cristobal and the staff had to try to hold a class together following the chaos of Willie Taggart’s departure for Florida State and while preparing for the Las Vegas Bowl.

This year offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo accepted the head coach position at UNLV a week before Wednesday’s early signing day.

Cristobal said Arroyo having to pull double-duty — helping the Ducks prepare for the Rose Bowl while trying to establish his own recruiting base with the Rebels — did not negatively impact Oregon’s 2020 class.

“There’s not a single second that we typically commit to a weekly process that is being compromised,” Cristobal said. “He’s pulling some real long hours to make it work with his new appointment, which we’re all incredibly happy for him. He’s done a really good job.

“He is a tremendous human being that has been really loyal to the program and to our players.”

Arroyo will continue his duties as Oregon’s play-caller against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif., before leaving permanently for Las Vegas.

Everybody’s all-American

Penei Sewell was named to the AFCA all-American first team on Wednesday, which makes the sophomore left tackle the third unanimous all-American in program history, along with LaMichael James (2010) and Marcus Mariota (2014).

The Outland Trophy winner was previously a first-team all-American selection by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News and Walter Camp.

Sewell’s younger brother, linebacker Noah Sewell, signed as part of the Ducks’ 2020 class on Wednesday.

“They are a special family, special to myself and the entire staff. Their upbringing their culture, their way of being,” Cristobal said. “You see that physical just maniacal football side, but you never get to see what Penei and his brother and that family, what they are as human beings, how caring they are.”

Cristobal said when he spoke to Noah Sewell on Wednesday the five-star prospect was making a Christmas card for an underprivileged girl to cheer her up.

“How many guys in the country would be thinking about that on national signing day?”

Ducks healing up

Mycah Pittman, who broke his right arm on Nov. 16 during the home win over Arizona, has been practicing this week. Cristobal said the sophomore wide receiver will undergo further medical tests before a determination is made on his status for the Rose Bowl.

“He looked really good out there,” Cristobal said. “You know him, if he’s given a 1% chance he’s going to chase it as hard as he can. He’s really working hard to get back out there.”

Two other injured freshman receivers, JR Waters and Lance Wilhoite, are also healthy enough to practice.

New big man on campus

Oregon’s recruiting class includes the sizable addition of offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu, who is listed at 6-foot-7, 390 pounds.

Cristobal said the big man from Honolulu makes even hulking defensive line coach Joe Salave’a, a longtime NFL player, look small.

“It looked like Joe was his mini-me,” Cristobal said. “He’s a humongous human being. We had the opportunity to coach him at a camp in Hawaii and he’s incredibly athletic and agile.”