LOS ANGELES — Oregon practiced in full pads with a full complement of wide receivers Saturday morning at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Mycah Pittman, who broke his right arm against Arizona on Nov. 16 and missed the last three games, participated in the session without a red non-contact jersey.

Coach Mario Cristobal indicated Thursday the talented freshman was on track to return to action for the seventh-ranked Ducks against No. 11 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

“All signs point to him being cleared and ready to go,” Cristobal said. “He’s been practicing full-speed for almost three weeks now.”

Pittman, who also missed the first four games of the season, has 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season.

Before suffering a shoulder injury during the final scrimmage of fall camp, Pittman was in the mix to be a starter against Auburn.

“It’s good to have him back in there because while he was playing he was playing some really good football for us," Cristobal said. "I’m excited for him as well. He worked so hard to give himself an opportunity to be a contributor this year, and it’s great to have him back.”

Two other freshmen receivers who missed the bulk of the season with injuries, JR Waters and Lance Wilhoite, were also cleared to resume practicing ahead of the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

Following a season-ending injury on Oct. 11 to senior tight end Jacob Breeland, who is still third on the team with 26 receptions for 405 yards and six touchdowns, Johnny Johnson emerged as Justin Herbert’s most reliable target.

The junior receiver has a team-high 55 receptions for 818 yards and seven touchdowns. Johnson had six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Utah in the Pac-12 championship game.

Jaylon Redd (465 yards, seven touchdowns) and Juwan Johnson (401 yards, four touchdowns) have also been reliable starters down the stretch.

Daddy Dye

Troy Dye’s senior year has been eventful off the field as well. The senior linebacker revealed that his girlfriend, Oregon track star Makenzie Dunmore, is pregnant and expecting a son in April.

“Yeah, a baby boy,” Dye said.

The 6-foot-4, 226-pound Dye, who returned to finish his degree and exhaust his eligibility with the Ducks, leads the team in tackles despite playing the second half of the season with a broken thumb.

“Undefeated at home, winning the Pac-12 championship, beating Stanford and Washington on the road, ‘SC on the road,” Dye reflected. “It’s great to check those things off the bucket list and just keep moving forward. There’s one more (game) to go, try to just finish off strong.”

Dye is hoping his successful swan song at Oregon will lead to a career in the NFL. Dunmore will likely have to wait until 2024 to try to realize her Olympic dreams.

“So we’ll probably be down this track season, but next track season we’ll be full go,” Dye said. “Life happens though.”

Notable

• Over the last five seasons, Wisconsin is sixth among Power 5 teams with 52 wins behind Clemson (68), Alabama (65), Ohio State (61), Oklahoma (58) and Georgia (53).

• Over the last three games, including two against top-10 teams (then-No. 9 Minnesota and No. 2 Ohio State), Badgers quarterback Jack Coan has posted a passer efficiency rating of 159.8. The only Power 5 quarterbacks with better ratings during the stretch are LSU’s Joe Burrow (197.3), Ohio State’s Justin Fields (185.9) and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts (164.2).

• Oregon’s offensive line, which includes four senior starters and Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell, enters the Rose Bowl with 218 combined starts, the most in the nation.

• Herbert’s 95 career touchdown passes are the most among active FBS players and the sixth-most in Pac-12 history.

Quotable

Brady Breeze said the Ducks had high expectations for the 2019 season after experiencing a 4-8 finish as a freshman and playing for three head coaches during his first three seasons in the program.

“We were like, ‘Dude, we’ve got to win some games this year. This is the year,’” the redshirt junior safety said. “We got Justin (Herbert) as a senior coming back, a bunch of guys coming back, Troy (Dye) coming back around. We’ve got to win some games this year, and sure enough we did.

“We had a great season. We’re going to play in the Rose Bowl. I mean, you can just tell these guys are out here having fun.”