EUGENE — The list of available targets for Justin Herbert to throw the ball to continues to dwindle.
Coach Mario Cristobal announced Monday that true freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman, who was injured during No. 6 Oregon’s 34-6 Pac-12 victory over Arizona, will be out for six weeks with a broken arm.
The Ducks (9-1, 7-0) have already lost starting tight ends Cam McCormick and Jacob Breeland to a season-ending injuries, and senior wide receiver Brenden Schooler decided to transfer in the middle of the season.
Cristobal is hopeful that Pittman will be able to play in the bowl game or possibly the College Football Playoff.
“He’s proven before he’s a quick healer,” Cristobal said of Pittman, who missed the first four games of the season with a shoulder injury. “Mycah is a guy that attacks every opportunity to get better 100 miles per hour.
“So if anyone can heal quickly, it will be him. If the timeline matches up, certainly that’s a consideration.”
Running back CJ Verdell hyperextended his elbow against Arizona but is expected to play against Arizona State on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.
Despite the attrition at the skill positions, Herbert is completing 69.6 percent of his passes this season — up from 59.4 percent in 2018 — for 2,662 yards with 28 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Herbert was 20 of 28 for 333 yards with four touchdowns and one interception against the Wildcats.
“That’s Justin Herbert,” said redshirt freshman tight end/wide receiver Spencer Webb, who had a 24-yard touchdown reception against the Wildcats. “He doesn’t miss very often, and if he does, it’s probably the receiver’s fault. He’s a great quarterback and throws perfect. I’m blessed to have him as a quarterback.”
The 6-foot-6 senior needs 268 passing yards to join Marcus Mariota as the only Oregon quarterbacks with 10,000 career passing yards.
Herbert still has his top-three wide receiver targets available — Johnny Johnson (485 yards, three touchdowns), Jaylon Redd (396 yards, seven touchdowns) and Juwan Johnson (299 yards, four touchdowns).
Freshmen Bryan Addison (152 yards, one touchdown) and Josh Delgado (116 yards) are listed as backups, along with Webb (181 yards, three touchdowns).
Daewood Davis is moving over from defense for the second time this season to add depth.
Cristobal said running back Darrian Felix can also help the passing game with his receiving skills. The speedy sophomore has three catches for 34 yards over the last two games.
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Pittman had 14 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season.
“We feel confident that, although it is painful to lose a guy like Mycah — relentless competitor, awesome guy to be around, great football player — that we’ll find solutions,” Cristobal said.
Confidence in Camden
Cristobal expressed confidence in struggling placekicker Camden Lewis, who missed a 20-yard field goal and an extra point against Arizona.
The true freshman has been on an emotional roller coaster this season, missing his first career attempt against Auburn at AT&T Stadium and getting carried off the field following his game-winning kick against Washington State.
″(Lewis) missed, and I know he feels awful for it, but we’ve got to press on and get better,” Cristobal said. “Football is still a development sport. That guy is very talented, he has done it before, he’s done it in practice and he’s got to get back out there to work (Tuesday) to get better and do it again.”
Lewis is 5-for-9 on field goals this season. Walk-on Henry Katleman is his only viable competitor in practice with Adam Stack’s decision to transfer
Oregon’s recruiting class grew on Monday when defensive tackle prospect Jaylen Smith verbally committed to the Ducks after a weekend visit.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound three-star prospect from Ahoskie, North Carolina, was previously committed to North Carolina State.
Cristobal and his staff have 22 known commitments in the 2020 cycle. Oregon’s class is currently ranked 11th by Rivals and 15th nationally by 247Sports.
• Oregon is one of only three Power 5 teams off to a 7-0 start in conference play, along with Ohio State (Big Ten) and Clemson (ACC). LSU is 6-0 in the SEC.
• After holding Arizona out of the end zone and to only six points, Andy Avalos’ defense has held an opponent to single digits scoring six times this season, the most in the nation and the most for Oregon since 1960.
• Oregon has had 19 different players score a touchdown and 19 different players credited wth at least half a sack this season.
• Juwan Johnson has four touchdown receptions in the last three games, and Kayvon Thibodeaux has 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in the last two games.