Oregon Football: Jarek Broussard would be perfect Travis Dye replacement

Jarek Broussard is reportedly taking a trip to check out the Oregon football program and he’d be a great replacement for Travis Dye.

When Travis Dye made the decision to enter the transfer portal after Trey Benson did the same, it was clear that Oregon football needed to find an adequate replacement.

The Ducks were down to just one healthy back as CJ Verdell and Sean Dollars are both coming off major injuries in 2021. Byron Cardwell is the only healthy running back on the roster heading into the offseason, but Dan Lanning is ready to start utilizing the transfer portal more.

Lanning has already landed Bo Nix from Auburn in the portal which should help create a healthy competition for the starting job with Ty Thompson and he’s now looking to upgrade the backfield in the same way.

According to a report from Matt Prehm, Colorado running back transfer Jarek Broussard has taken a trip to Eugene over the weekend to check out the program.

Broussard was actually the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2020 after he rushed for 895 yards and five touchdowns on 5.7 yards per carry. He rushed for over 600 yards as a sophomore as Colorado struggled as a team and now he’s looking for a new home after entering his name in the transfer portal.

Lanning getting Broussard to campus shortly after that decision is big because it shows that he’s serious about getting a potential workhorse back to replace Dye despite having Cardwell, Dollars, and potentially Verdell back in 2022.

Plus, Broussard would be the perfect replacement. He’s had a ton of success in the Pac-12 over the past two seasons and has a running style that makes him tough to bring down. He’s shifty with good vision and while he doesn’t have breakaway speed, he can be an every-down back for the Ducks.

Adding Broussard would be a nice consolation prize for losing Dye to USC.