The teams for Oregon's spring game were selected last Friday afternoon as captains Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu (Team "Mariasu"), and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Tony Washington (Team "Twifo") selected from pre-split position groups to form two supposedly evenly matched teams.
Oregon's official social media account tweeted the rosters, which were compiled and reported by Rob Moseley of GoDucks.com:
Per Moseley, each position group was split into two halves before the draft, and the captains selected from the pool of those splits.
Each captain was also assigned his own position groups, so only six groups were actually drafted by the captains.
The order of that draft went as follows:
- "Twifo" selects defensive linemen (Alex Balducci, Arik Armstead, T.J. Daniel, Stetzon Bair, Jonathan Kenion).
- "Mariasu" selects inside linebackers (Derrick Malone, Joe Walker, Tyrell Robinson, Grant Thompson).
- "Twifo" selects running backs (Byron Marshall, Ayele Forde, Kani Benoit, Jarret LaCoste).
- "Mariasu" selects tight ends (Koa Ka'ai, Johnny Mundt).
- "Twifo" selects kickers (Matt Wogan).
- "Mariasu" selects receivers (Devon Allen, B.J. Kelley, Austin Daich, Chris Tewhill, Jeff Stolzenburg, Dwayne Stanford).
The groups are intended to be split up evenly, so just because Grasu will be snapping to Mariota does not mean the whole first-team offensive line will be around them. All-Pac-12 honorable mention Tyler Johnstone, for example, will be playing tackle for the opposite side.
However, Mariota's team more closely resembles some sort of "first-team" offense, and watching how he works with sophomore running back Thomas Tyner and tight end Johnny Mundt—the team's leading returning receiver after Bralon Addison's torn ACL—should be fun.
Interestingly, team "Mariasu" was given its choice of receiver groups with the last pick and selected the one without semi-proven threats in Keanon Lowe and Chance Allen.
Mariota will be working out some new weapons, but that won't stop Moseley from predicting a win from team "Twifo," who he thinks will have success running the football:
Mariasu could have some success through the air, but I like Twifo's ability to pound the rock RT @KMacDougald Mariasu vs. Twifo. Who wins?— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) April 28, 2014
Oregon's spring game will kick off at 11 a.m. local time on Saturday, May 3, and be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.