Oregon reportedly loses defensive lineman to transfer portal
Oregon defensive lineman Keanu Williams is reportedly entering the transfer portal.
247Sports’ Matt Prehm reported on Monday that Williams is going into the portal after two seasons and 10 appearances with the Ducks. A 2021 recruit, Williams was a 4-star prospect coming out of Clovis, California. He chose Oregon from a list of offers that included nearly 20 Power Five programs.
With Oregon currently over the 85-man scholarship limit and needing to get that number down, attrition along the defensive line seemed likely. The Ducks have 16 scholarship players on the defensive line, even with Williams’ departure. It was a group that coach Dan Lanning and his staff heavily prioritized on the recruiting trail this cycle.
And with what’s coming back in 2023, playing time figured to be just as tough to come by for Williams next season as it was in his first two years.
He was the 40th-ranked defensive lineman in the Class of 2021, but played in just four games during his true freshman season in order to preserve a redshirt.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder played in six games this past season. He had two tackles in the win over Stanford on Oct. 1 and then a pass breakup in the win over Cal on Oct. 29. Williams had three tackles the year prior.
Oregon should have great depth along the defensive front in the new year. Casey Rogers, Popo Aumavae, Brandon Dorlus, and Mase Funa are all back. The 2023 class added transfer edge rusher Jordan Burch from South Carolina. It also brings six interior defensive linemen and four edge rushers from the high school class. That group includes 5-star Matayo Uiagalelei and 4-star Johnny Bowens, both of whom have already enrolled.