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Oregon Football Spring Preview: Turning a New Leaf at Cornerback

Khyree Jackson heads to the NFL while new names should make Oregon's secondary more competitive in 2024.
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The cornerback position has always been a run one to track in Eugene. In fact it's turned into one of my favorite positions on defense, so I thought: what better spot to kick off my defensive position preview?

The best cornerbacks to come through the Oregon program in recent years include some great players among the likes of Khyree Jackson, Christian Gonzalez and Deommodore Lenoir. But perhaps Oregon's biggest challenge has been establishing quality depth at the position and not having just one star lockdown defensive back. 

It's a task that's easier said than done, but it's clear the Oregon staff is taking it seriously as this year's collection of talent could see the Ducks field their strongest group in some time. Demetrice Martin has moved on to Michigan State and Rashad Wadood will take on a bigger role with the corners under defensive backs coach Chris Hampton. 

Let's take a look at some of the names to know at corner ahead of spring practice.

Washington Huskies cornerback Jabbar Muhammad ahead of the national championship vs. the Michigan Wolverines.
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Oregon Ducks cornerback Dontae Manning (8) celebrates an interception against the Oregon State Beavers.
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I'm going to continue diving into the defensive position groups ahead of practice No. 1 on Thursday, so be sure to continue tuning in to Ducks Digest!