Oregon Football: O-Line Honor Roll; Nix Prolific in Pac-12, FBS

Jordan Ingram Editorials

Here’s a look at the numbers of the No. 6 Oregon Ducks (8-2, 6-1) team. While some of these numbers will change following the Ducks’ 37-34 loss to the No. 25 Washington Huskies on Saturday at home, the defeat doesn’t take away from the incredible performances of Oregon players so far this season.

The Ducks’ offensive line is having a historic season under Oregon head coach Dan Lanning and offensive line coach Adrian Klemm (Pittsburgh Steelers). Since the injury of right guard Steven Jones, Lanning has featured the same starting lineup in the past seven games — T.J. Bass (left tackle), Marcus Harper II (left guard), Alex Forsyth (center), Ryan Walk (right guard) and Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu (right tackle). The entire group made the midseason honor roll for the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s best offensive line.

Four of Oregon’s starting lineup (Bass, Forsyth, Walk, Aumavae-Laulu) have won Pac-2 Offensive Lineman of the Week honors at least once and Bass has won the award twice this season after earning the honor in back-to-back weeks.

For the second straight season, Walk was named a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy for “college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.” Walk, a graduate of Sheldon High School, is the first and second player in Oregon football history to be named a finalist for the annual award.

Jackson Powers Johnson is currently rated the No. 2 offensive guard in the country, according to Pro Football Focus. True freshman offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr. has played in every game this year, giving the rookie a ton of experience alongside the Ducks’ experienced front line. Conerly has already entered the record books for the Ducks after his four-yard touchdown catch against Colorado last week. Conerly is the only offensive lineman in the FBS with a touchdown catch this year.

…Prior to Saturday’s loss to Washington, the Ducks had 23 consecutive wins at Autzen Stadium, a school record that was the third-longest active streak in the nation. Here are some additional stats that separate Oregon from the rest of the country:

The Ducks are the only team in the country to score 40-plus points eight times this season and lead the FBS in first downs per game (27.6), red zone touchdowns (40) and fewest sacks allowed (1).* Oregon has only lost one fumble this year (against Washington). *The Ducks surrendered their second sack this year against the Huskies.

The Ducks are ranked second nationally in total yards per game (520.6) and tied for third in points per game (43.1). The Ducks are also sixth in total yards per play (7.16), No. 11 in rushing yards per game (231.22), and No. 21 in passing yards per game (289.3). Oregon leads the Pac-12 in fourth down conversions after going 15-of-20 attempts, or 75%. (Source: University of Oregon)

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The offensive line play has been stellar in the passing game and ground game.

…Quarterback Bo Nix continues his successful post-Auburn journey as a trailblazer at Oregon. Nix earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the third week in a row to become just the third player ever to win the award in three straight weeks. Nix leads the FBS in total touchdowns (36) and completion percentage (73.3%) for a 172.96 passer rating (6th FBS).

Nix leads all other FBS quarterbacks and the Pac-12 with 14 rushing touchdowns (T-5th overall in FBS) and is the only signal-caller in the country with double-digit passing and rushing touchdowns. He is also the only QB in the country this year to score three rushing touchdowns in three games (BYU, Arizona, Cal). (Source: UO Athletics)

Jordan Ingram
San Diego, California
Top photo by Eugene Johnson

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