EUGENE — Oregon’s second major football scrimmage Saturday featured a spectacular play that was exactly what the coaches and quarterback were looking for.
And everything they feared.
Wide receiver Mycah Pittman, a dynamic freshman who has been praised by the staff and his peers since spring practice, made a costly diving catch at Autzen Stadium.
Coach Mario Cristobal said Pittman “landed pretty good” on his shoulder. The injury will be reevaluated to determine the extent of the damage.
Another receiver from the 2019 recruiting class, J.R. Waters, will be out four to six weeks from a foot injury that required surgery, according to Cristobal.
Senior receiver Brenden Schooler was already declared out for at least the first month of the season after undergoing his own foot surgery earlier in preseason camp.
Cristobal was still upbeat about the team’s progression two weeks out from the opener with Auburn. He refrained from praising individuals for the most part, but said junior receiver Johnny Johnson was the star of the 110-play scrimmage.
“We’re pleased with the progress but not content with where we’re at,” Cristobal said. “We’re certainly getting there faster now. … Overall, just a very physical, very intense scrimmage. We covered a lot of situations.”
Justin Herbert said Pittman was near the top of the list of players having the best preseason.
Oregon must replace Dillon Mitchell, who led the Pac-12 with 75 receptions for 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Junior Jaylon Redd was second on the team with 38 receptions for 433 yards and five touchdowns during the Ducks’ 9-4 finish to Cristobal’s first season as coach.
— The (Eugene) Register-Guard