Oregon: The Worst Is Yet To Come
Oregon should be feeling pretty good - the team is coming off of a big win in a week when perhaps its biggest Pac-10 competition, Cal, lost in embarrassing fashion, vaulting Oregon into seventh place in the AP poll and 10th in the first batch of BCS rankings. Except the team is feeling pretty awful, because its No. 2 running back, sophomore Jeremiah Johnson, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, as will its No. 2 receiver, Cameron Colvin, after breaking his ankle in Saturday's win over Washington State.
Johnson was carted off the field during Oregon's 53-7 trouncing of Washington State, but not before he managed to score two touchdowns. Through six games this season, Johnson is second on the team in rushing, carrying the ball 54 times for 344 yards with five touchdowns and has a receiving TD to his name to boot.
Once the swelling in Johnson's knee reduces and he gets some range of motion back, the 5-foot-9, 210-pound running back will have surgery to repair the injury, but for now he must sit and watch his Ducks from the sideline.
Colvin is out for the year as well, which is a big blow to the Ducks' passing game. Through six games, Colvin was second on the team in receptions, with 20 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Colvin broke his ankle early in the game, further depleting an already thin receiving corps - Colvin had been starting in place of the injured Brian Paysinger, who is out for the season after having knee surgery earlier in the year, so the passing of the receiving torch must continue after this latest injury set-back.