Whelp. We may only have 11 days until the Ducks take Dallas, but we’re going to have wait just a little longer to watch Mycah Pittman announce himself to the rest of the college football world.
Mario Cristobal announced late on Monday that true freshman receiver, Mycah Pittman, sustained a shoulder injury while diving to make a catch during Saturday’s practice. The expected timeline for the injury is six-to-eight weeks of recovery, so there is a collective belief that the electric young receiver will be back somewhere around early October, with most of the Pac-12 schedule still ahead of him.
Now, I don’t see any reason to be alarmist about this injury. The Ducks will most likely be totally fine at Pittman’s slot position. Jaylon Redd was already projected as the starter, and even with the injury to Brendon Schooler a few weeks ago, we hear that Josh Delgado (another freshman) has also really showed out during the Spring and Fall practices.
It just sucks that we have to wait even longer to watch Mycah light it up out there, honestly.
From all video, photo, and first-person accounts of Mycah Pittman’s Fall performance, we have been lead to believe that he was going to be making an impact from day one. Countless shots of him making diving, acrobatic, and Odell-like grabs have had me jonesing for weeks to see him start 2019 off with a bang.
Along with the entertainment factor, he has also spent every opportunity to acknowledge the difficulties of dropped passes last year—a problem he isn’t even responsible for—and his commitment to changing the culture at Oregon.
Vibrant, committed, and now another 6-8 weeks away.
Pittman is expected to return in time for marquee conference matchups against Cal, Washington, and beyond, so he will still have ample opportunity to inject the Duck offense with his Calabasas-born fire and finesse.
On the bright side, there have been reports out of practice of a “Skyscraper” package in the works that may supply just enough entertainment from the slot position while the world waits for Mycah Pittman.
“Skyscraper” involves receivers Juwan Johnson and Bryan Addison lining up opposite each other in the slots on either side. Standing at 6’4″ and 6’5″ respectively, Juwan and Bryan will tower over the middle of the field in ways that many defenses in college football don’t usually have to deal with.
It’s safe to say that—much like Taylor’s Bar & Grill—the slots are still going to be plenty fun.