Geese lose Verdell, Williams for remainder of season


Operating again CJ Verdell and security Bennett Williams each will miss the rest of the season for the No. 8 Oregon Ducks, coach Mario Cristobal stated Thursday.

Verdell, a fifth-year junior, suffered a left leg harm within the second half of Oregon’s loss to Stanford final Saturday. He leads Oregon with 78 carries for 406 dashing yards and 6 touchdowns.

Williams, additionally a starter, suffered a damaged leg throughout Oregon’s walk-through observe final Friday and underwent surgical procedure Monday, in accordance with a report by The Oregonian. The junior has three interceptions, returning one for a landing, and 20 tackles this season.

Verdell, who has began video games in every of the previous 4 years and has rushed for two,929 yards and 27 TDs on 542 dashing makes an attempt, shocked some by returning for the 2021 season. Cristobal on Thursday stated that “there shall be some conversations” about whether or not Verdell returns for a sixth season.

Veteran Travis Dye probably will transfer right into a featured position with Verdell sidelined. Oregon additionally may flip to freshman Byron Cardwell Jr.

Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has returned to the crew after present process surgical procedure for a non-COVID-19-related sickness within the Bay Space final weekend. He traveled with the crew for the Stanford sport however didn’t coach. Cristobal stated Moorhead is “enhancing.”

Operating backs coach Jim Mastro known as offensive performs within the Stanford sport and can stay within the position if Moorhead can’t return for the Geese’ subsequent sport Oct. 15 in opposition to Cal at Autzen Stadium.