Tax season, back to school and tax seasons; the most stressful times of year for the garden-variety American citizen.
College football programs, however, are forced to persevere for the most ecstatic, and sometimes most depressing, day for a high school football player—national signing day.
For the coaching staff, they get to move on from signing day and focus on coaching their players already on campus, the players however, especially the ones who have been afflicted with little playing time, have to have a small voice in the back of their head saying: "Is that the kid that’s going to push me down the depth chart?"
It’s already happened before at Oregon. Redshirt freshman Lache Seastrunk was pushed down the depth chart by five-star signee, De’Anthony Thomas.
Seastrunk, a five-star recruit himself, transferred before even taking a snap for the Ducks.
Ducks already on campus have only one secret weapon to use against recruits who threaten their opportunities of playing time—spring practice.
Only one Oregon signee, JUCO linebacker Joe Walker, will participate in spring practice after Walker signed back in December during the early signing period.
Spring is normally the time of year when most college students are preparing for their wild escapades during spring break, but several members of the Ducks' football team will be spending spring on the practice field, in the weight room and in the film room.
The following players are under pressure to prove to the coaching staff that they can improve the team for either two reasons: 1) their position is stacked with talent or 2) they need to step up their game to replace a teammate.