The Valero Alamo Bowl is set for an 8:15 p.m. kickoff on Wednesday night (for now) and it sounds like one of the teams will be without several players going into the contest.
According to Matt Prehm of Duck Territory, Oregon’s affiliate on 247Sports, the Ducks are missing 31 players for various reasons, and none of them have been confirmed as COVID-19 cases at this point in time.
15 players are out due to injury, four have transferred or are in the transfer portal, three have opted out for the NFL Draft, seven are “not at practice” and two have been away from the team all year.
Here is the list, provided by Matthew Prehm of 247Sports:
1. Wide Receiver Devon Williams (Opt-out, NFL Draft)
2. Cornerback Mykael Wright (Opt-out, NFL Draft)
3. Wide Receiver III Johnny Johnson (injury)
4. Running back Sean Dollars (injury)
5. Wide Receiver Jaylon Redd (injury)
6. Safety Steve Stephens IV (injury)
7. Running back CJ Verdell (injury)
8. Linebacker Justin Flowe (injury)
9. Safety Bryan Addison (not at practice)
10. Linebacker Keith Brown (injury)
11. Safety JJ Greenfield (away from the team all year)
12.. Linebacker Adrian Jackson (Not at practice)
13. Linebacker Jackson LaDuke (Not at practice)
14. Defensive Tackle Popo Aumavae (Not at practice)
15. Defensive Lineman Jaylen Smith (injury)
16. Offensive Lineman Logan Sagapolu (injury)
17. Offensive Lineman Jonathan Denis (injury)
18. Offensive Lineman Bram Walden (injury)
19. Offensive Lineman Faaope Laloulu (not at practice)
20. Tight End Patrick Herbert (injury)
21. Tight End Cam McCormick (injury)
22. Wide Receiver Lance Wilhoite (away from the team all year)
23. Defensive Lineman Jake Shipley (not at practice)
24. Defensive Lineman Jayson Jones (Transferred to Auburn)
25. Defensive Lineman Keyon Ware-Hudson (injury)
26. Defensive Lineman Keanu Williams (not at practice)
27. Offensive Lineman Kingsley Suamatai (transferred to BYU)
28. Defensive Lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux (Opt-out, NFL Draft)
29. Linebacker Dru Mathis (Injury)
30. Wide Receiver Mycah Pittman (Transferred to Florida State)
31. Cornerback DJ James (Entered the NCAA Transfer Portal)
In the wake of this news, Oklahoma has jumped from a 4.5-point favorite to a 7.0-point favorite in less than an hour. That speaks volumes at the limited depth that Oregon is showing up with.
With that list of players out, Oregon is currently down to 57 scholarship players, and if it drops any lower or a position group gets wiped out because of COVID-19, the game could be canceled. As of Monday afternoon, the game is still on and Bob Stoops will still be on the sidelines Wednesday night. All Sooners fans can do now it hang on and pray for one last Christmas miracle in 2021.