While the Oregon Ducks are without QB Justin Herbert for the foreseeable future, the rest of the team look to be getting healthy.
On Wednesday, coach Willie Taggart told the media that WR Dillon Mitchell, WR Charles Nelson and S Nick Pickett will be available to play on Saturday. Additionally, star RB Royce Freeman will practice on Wednesday.
Willie Taggart said Alie is cleared to play. Nelson, Mitchell and Pickett “are back.” And Freeman will practice today.
— Ryan Thorburn (@rgduckfootball) October 11, 2017
Mitchell and Nelson returned to practice on Tuesday, which was huge news in Eugene. Nelson is the team’s top receiver despite appearing in just three games this season with 243 yards on 15 catches including a touchdown. Mitchell ranks third in receiving yards on the Ducks’ roster with 220 on 19 grabs.
The Ducks struggled mightily on offense against Washington State last week. It was obvious the team was going to struggle with a true freshman QB in Braxton Burmeister; however, without any established wide receivers the Ducks couldn’t get much going through the air or on the ground.
It is not yet known if Burmeister or senior Taylor Alie will start at QB for the Ducks. Burmeister went 15 of 27 for 145 yards and a TD against the Cougars, but also threw 2 interceptions. Alie is cleared to play after suffering a concussion in relief of Justin Herbert in the game against California. The Ducks are going to need every playmaker they have in order to try to pull off a road upset against a tough Stanford team.
Oregon will travel to Palo Alto on Saturday to take on Stanford. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1.
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