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Oregon remains firmly in the College Football Playoff conversation, but faces another stiff defensive test in Arizona State.

Posted: Nov 19, 2019 3:34 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon football players still believe their best football is ahead of them. Despite being unbeaten on the field since week 1, the Ducks see various avenues of improvement with just two games left in the regular season. That doesn't just come in the form of schematic and tactical improvements, it also comes in a next-man-up mentality, especially at the wide receiver position. Freshman standout Mycah Pittman broke his arm on Saturday night's game vs. Arizona, and is slated to be out for roughly six weeks, though head coach Mario Cristobal left a window open for him to return before a bowl game. In the meantime, the likes of Spencer Webb, Bryan Addison and Jaylon Redd, to name a few, will be called upon once again. 

"We're not afraid to move guys around and find advantages in slot or outside or on left corners or on right corners, or to the boundary or to the field," says offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "We're not afraid to do that with our guys. I think our guys are excited about it in our offense in both schematically and even in recruiting to be able to tell them 'we're gonna move you around a lot.'"

Webb is one such player, who has worked extensively at both tight end and wide receiver over the course of the year, finding success and touchdown receptions in three different games. With Jake Breeland out with an injury in the midst of a potential Mackey Award winning season, Webb has stepped into the role well, despite moving around positionally on offense. 

"It's gameplan stuff so depending on what the gameplan is I might have to one thing, might have to do the other, you never know," Webb says. "It's been a fun process, to learn. That's what you come to college to do. To learn."

The Ducks, while offensively in a good spot over the last five Pac-12 games (averaging 41.4 points per game in that span) will see an Arizona State defense that has shown flashes of brilliance in some games, and a lack of overall defensive effort in others. But at this point in the season, with so much hinging on winning the next game of the schedule, Oregon isn't looking past the Sun Devils just yet. 

"It's like a blender," says offensive lineman Shane Lemieux. "They move around so much. It's different than a team like Washington State where they're big, they're physical."

The Ducks will play the Sun Devils in Tempe on Saturday, November 23rd, with a kickoff time of 4:30 pm. The game will be televised on KEZI 9. 

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