Ducks football 2022 spring football preview: Oregon's strength right now? Its offensive line – The Register-Guard


As we’ve already previewed the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends, it’s time to look at the offensive line. 
Oregon’s biggest strength entering spring football is its offensive line. 
The Ducks did lose George Moore IV, who started 13 of 14 games last season at either left tackle or guard. 
However, Oregon has five players returning who have notable starting experience. Here are the returning players on the Ducks’ offensive line. 
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Shortly after Oregon’s Alamo Bowl loss to Oklahoma, Bass announced he would return for his senior season in 2022. 
After transferring from Butte College, Bass has been a staple on the Ducks offensive line. During his career at Oregon, Bass has played at both guard and tackle. 
In 2020, Bass started all seven games at left guard for Oregon during the coronavirus-shortened season. He played 386 total snaps, all at left guard, as he did not allow a sack while surrendering just six pressures on 202 snaps. 
Previous coverage: Takeaways from the Oregon Ducks’ Alamo Bowl loss to Oklahoma Sooners
Last season, Bass was named to the All-Pac-12 first team after the Ducks averaged 202.4 rushing yards per game, which was 25th in the nation. 
He along with Ryan Walk and Alex Forsyth will lead one of the best offensive line units in the country. 
Walk started the first nine games of the 2021 season. The first four were at right guard and five at center after Alex Forsyth suffered back spasms that forced him to miss some time. However, a knee injury against Washington ended Walk’s season.
During his time at Oregon, Walk has been named to the AP Pac-12 All-Conference first team. In 2020, he started all seven games at right guard for Oregon. He played 361 total offensive snaps, 307 at right guard and 54 at left guard as Walk finished with an overall grade of 70.1 by Pro Football Focus, ninth-best among Pac-12 guards. 
Like Bass and Walk, Forsyth returns to Oregon for his final season. Forsyth is coming off a year where his first significant injury kept him off the field. 
Forsyth missed four games due to back spasms. He later returned in Oregon’s 26-16 win over Washington and returned to his starting center spot after Walk suffered an injury of his own. In the Alamo Bowl, Forsyth was presented with an offense player award for his play in the game. 
Jones announced he was returning for his junior season at the Alamo Bowl press conference last December.
The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Jones started 13 games for the Ducks in 2021 with starts coming at both right tackle and right guard. 
In 2020, Jones appeared in all seven games for the Ducks as he started at right tackle in the Fiesta Bowl versus Iowa State. He finished that year as Oregon’s fourth-highest graded offensive player by Pro Football Focus (PFF) and second-highest offensive lineman at 72.2. 
Oregon offensive lineman Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu originally announced he was entering the 2022 NFL Draft after former coach Mario Cristobal left for Miami. However, Aumavae-Laulu had a change of heart and decided to return to Oregon for his senior season after speaking to Oregon coach Dan Lanning.
Aumavae-Laulu played in all 14 games last year, most of his time at right tackle in tandem with Jones. Outside of Moore, Oregon will have all its starting offensive linemen back for next season.
After the Ducks suffered injuries on their offensive line, Jaramillo became a Swiss Army Knife of sorts for the team. Jaramillo played all positions on the line except center last season.
Jaramillo’s preferred position is left tackle, but his versatility helped the Ducks in games against UCLA when Jones and Jackson Powers-Johnson went down because of injuries. 
Laloulu was primarily the backup at left guard last season. He played in 10 games in 2021 as a consensus three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.
In 2020, Laloulu was rated the No. 49 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 10 overall prospect in Hawaii by 247Sports and the No. 2 offensive tackle in Hawaii by 247Sports.
Jeffers was a backup last season as he only played against Stony Brook. As a freshman in 2020, Jeffers didn’t see any playing time. 
Coming out of Saguaro High in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jeffers was a consensus three-star and top 20 prospect in Arizona by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. He was rated the No. 2 offensive tackle in Arizona and No. 11 prospect in the state by ESPN and 247Sports. 
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