Oregon Football: Who’s the ‘next man up’ with Sean Dollars out?

Sean Dollars had success last season and showed a change of pace from Troy Dye and CJ Verdell when he was on the field. He showed a different gear all together when he reached the open field.

However, Oregon fans will have to wait to see that burst for the upcoming season.

On the first day of spring camp, head coach Mario Cristobal announced an early injury report, and while some players will be back this spring, or on pace to participate in the spring game, Dollars suffered a leg injury that will keep him out of action for an extended period of time.

“Sean Dollars injured during team workouts,” Cristobal said. “He had a pretty significant leg injury. We expect him back during the season at some point.”

Who steps up in Sean Dollars’ place?

Oregon will enter Spring Camp with experience at the running back position. Both CJ Verdell and Travis Dye are healthy. Verdell returns from a thumb injury that was a pesky one from his 2020 season. With the ‘next man up’ philosophy, both Trey Benson and Cross Patton will have an opportunity to gain some early experience, not just in camp, but potentially inside Autzen Stadium during the spring game on May 1.

Dollars has made the most of his opportunities when he has been on the field for the Ducks. Last season he played in all seven games averaging over 5.0 yards per play. He broke three plays for over 10 yards. He also accounted for 52 yards on seven carries during the Pac-12 title game win over the USC Trojans. Verdell was not available for the game.

Oregon enters spring camp with Verdell, Travis Dye, Trey Benson and Cross Patton on the roster. I expect Verdell and Dye will be at the top of the depth chart for the spring game on May 1.

Quote obtained during Mario Cristobal Press Conference following first Day of Spring Camp.