Eugene, Ore. -- Another day, another practice has come and gone for Oregon Duck football, as the team wraps of day four of practices. The team, which is ranked number 13th in the nation, has been showcasing some of it's young talent over the last few days, such as Kayvon Thibodeaux and Mycah Pittman. But today, fears of the injury bug crept into the Oregon lineup as senior wide-receiver Brenden Schooler did not show up for practice.
Head Coach Mario Cristobal confirmed earlier today that Schooler did suffer a foot injury last week during practice. Schooler had a procedure done on the injury yesterday and will be out between six to eight weeks.
"The thing about Brenden is that he is not only a great player but a great leader," Cristobal said, "His leadership is going to be needed. His mentor-ship in that room will be needed, but certainly it's a tough one to take."
Although the loss of Schooler is a big one for this Oregon wide-receiving core, Cristobal stayed optimistic about his team stepping up to fill the empty spot.
"We do have a lot of bodies now and certainly for the first time in awhile," Cristobal said. "Everybody is getting a look, we have some really athletic long body types that can run."
La'Mar Winston Jr. also has been dealing with some adversity of his own, but on a more personal note.
Last week Portland State University student Deante Strickland was shot and killed within a Northwest Portland home. Winston Jr. was a former teammate and friend of Strickland.
"It's really tough," Winston Jr. said. "I lost someone very dear to me. Someone I shared a lot of memories with on and off the field and court for years."
After switching the topic back to football, Winston Jr. spoke highly of his teammates saying that he thinks that team seems "excited and passionate" about the game. But when it came to his thoughts on the new freshman class, his opinion was even higher.
"Kayvon, Mace...Jamal... Jamal oh my gosh," Winston Jr. said, "That guy, he is a baller for sure."