Three Oregon Ducks transferring, more 'in limbo' after football season's close – OregonLive.com
Three Ducks have already informed Oregon coaches they will transfer this offseason, with a few others still making up their mind whether they want to return, head coach Mark Helfrich said Monday.
Defensive backs Dominique Harrison and Stephen Amoako join receiver Chance Allen, who had previously said he would leave for Houston, as those looking for playing time elsewhere after holding backup roles with UO.
During a press conference Monday afternoon at Oregon’s Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, Helfrich said there was “nothing crazy” about their reasons for leaving.
“Just guys looking for an opportunity or a better fit,” Helfrich said. “Then there’s a couple other guys that I would say are in limbo as far as what the rest of their career holds. We will support those guys and help those guys as they make that transition.”
Neither Harrison nor Amoako traveled with the team to the Rose Bowl or College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Harrison, a junior, spent less than a year at UO after arriving last January from Contra Costa College in California’s Bay Area. He injured a leg during fall camp and appeared in one game, against California.
Amoako didn’t see the field last season. He was a redshirt sophomore from Arlington, Texas, whose twin, Eric, previously departed the Oregon program in June. In the fall, Eric Amoako played for Houston Baptist of the Football Championship Subdivision.
Without either Harrison or Amoako, the Ducks are down five cornerbacks from their roster for the Pac-12 championship game, with Troy Hill, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Dior Mathis graduating. The Ducks will bolster that position in recruiting, however, with corners Jihree Stewart and Ugo Amadi expected to sign with UO on Feb. 4, national signing day.
Like the defensive backs, Allen was a backup at Oregon, where he was a late addition to the 2012 recruiting class that also included his close friend Bralon Addison. He had five career receptions, but none in 2014. Rather than sit out one year due to a transfer next season, Allen is reportedly applying for waiver to play right from the start in 2015 at Houston — which is close to his hometown of Missouri City, Texas — in what will be new Cougars coach Tom Herman’s debut season.
— Andrew Greif