Oregon opened spring training with a few players off the roster, injured players missing and a variety of position and jersey number changes.
The Ducks did not list third-year redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jaylen Smith or Washington State transfer kicker Andrew Boyle on their roster for the spring.
“We’re just focusing on the guys that are here,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said.
It appears Smith, who played in five games during the 2020 season, has left the program. Boyle, who signed with UO off the transfer gate last month, is not yet signed up to UO but is still expected to join the program, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Defensive linemen Popo Aumavae, Brandon Dorlus and Keyon Ware-Hudson, all of whom underwent offseason surgery, were among the players absent from Thursday’s practice.
Several other players have changed positions. Seven McGee is listed as a wide receiver, where he went from running back late last season. Edge rusher Adrian Jackson Jr. is now inside linebacker and Jabrill McNeill moved to outside linebacker. Jonathan Flowe went from inside linebacker to defensive back. Offensive lineman Jonah Miller switched to defense, as did Jackson Powers-Johnson.
Lanning said every position change is “smooth” and all players will learn to play multiple positions.
“We want to have positional versatility and be able to play our best 11 in multiple ways,” he said. “Obviously every decision we make right now will be about what’s in the best interest of Oregon football, and then outside of that, where is the best opportunity for these players to impact this team? We want every guy to be able to have an impact that can have an impact Some guys could definitely play in other positions but we’re starting them right now where we think they can have the greatest impact on the football of Oregon.