by Rob Moseley
On Friday afternoon, Oregon's coaches and the four spring game captains assembled in the main theater of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex to draft rosters for this Saturday's spring game in Autzen Stadium (11 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).
Captains Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu were dubbed "Mariasu," and as Mark Helfrich noted, yes, that also sounds like a hot new Asian fusion restaurant in town. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Tony Washington headed "Twifo."
Prior to the draft, the position groups were split in half, so the captains and coaches were drafting between each of two groups at each spot. After being assigned their own groups, there only ended up being six positions up in the air. Twifo opened by selecting its choice of defensive linemen, Mariasu grabbed inside linebackers, Twifo went with running backs, Mariasu grabbed tight ends, Twifo took kickers and Mariasu wrapped it up with receivers.
QB: Mariota, Lockie, Hobbs
RB: Tyner, Bassett, Jones, Roseberry
WR: D. Allen, Kelley, Daich, Tewhill, Stolzenburg, Stanford
TE: Kai, Mundt
OL: Yruretagoyena, Lousi, Grasu, Pisarcik, Prater, Fisher, George, Voeller
DL: Buckner, Sloan, Kamp, Talia
OLB: Ragin, Coleman, French, Prevot, Carriger
ILB: Malone, Walker, Robinson, Thompson
DB: Mathis, Seisay, Manns, Daniels, Robinson, Dargan, Dixon
ST: Solis, Wheeler
Coaches: Frost, Neal, Campbell, Aiken
QB: Rodrigues, Alie
RB: Marshall, Forde, Benoit, LaCoste
WR: Lowe, C. Allen, Loyd, Carrington, Addison, Brown
TE: Baylis, Hagger, Brown
OL: Stevens, Hunt, McFadden, Brenner, Pierson, Stohr, Johnstone
DL: Balducci, Armstead, Daniel, Bair, Kenion
OLB: Washington, Dunmore, Garrity, Faulhaber, McCandless
ILB: Hardrick, Cassell, Mattingly, Ava
DB: Hill, Harrison, E. Amoako, S. Amoako, Williams, Dunn, Yim, Ekpre-Olomu
Coaches: Pellum, Chinander, Greatwood, Osborne, Lubick
Long snapper Connor Johnson will snap for both teams, and Pisarcik and Brenner will swap as needed to snap on offense. Twifo selected the north sideline, Mariasu opted to receive, and Twifo also selected its choice of the two uniform options.
About a half-hour of trade negotiations ensued, with Frost leading Mariasu's efforts to add some depth at offensive line and running back, and Ekpre-Olomu asking for a defensive back, but nothing got done.
The game will be as close to real football as possible for the first half, with kickoffs, punts and clock stoppages. The tentative plan for the second half is to limit special teams to field goals and extra points, and to use a running clock. But the format still could change prior to Saturday.