CJ Verdell Out For The Year

CJ Verdell
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: Running back CJ Verdell #7 of the Oregon Ducks carries the ball against the Utah Utes during the second half of the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium on December 06, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Verdell suffered an apparent left leg injury following a four-yard run during the third quarter of Oregon’s 31-24 overtime loss at Stanford. He was helped off the field to the injury tent and later carted back to the locker room and didn’t return.

CJ Verdell is a fifth-year junior, with another year of eligibility.

“There will be some conversations about that,” Cristobal said. “CJ is such a good player. He was having his most physical game, I think. The way he was running and he was really getting downhill behind his pads. Unfortunately, it was a low tackle — legal tackle, nothing wrong with the tackle. But certainly suffered an injury so he’ll be done for the year.”

This season Verdell was looking promising as a Heisman candidate. The fifth-year junior has 78 carries for 406 yards and six touchdowns and eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown this season. Verdell has 2,929 career rushing yards and 27 career rushing touchdowns.

The No. 8 Oregon Ducks will now turn to Junior Travis Dye, as well as Freshman Byron Cardwell, Sean Dollars, and Trey Benson.


The Ducks offense has already looked stagnant with Anthony Brown at Quarterback, but now without Verdell, it may struggle.

Bennett Williams will miss the remainder of the season as well. Williams, who has been the Ducks starting safety suffered a broken leg during Oregon’s walk-through practice last Friday and underwent surgery on Monday. The Junior has three touchdowns, returning one for a touchdown, and 20 tackles this season.

Ducks offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has returned to the team after his surgery last weekend.


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