BYU Football pays tribute to fallen Oregon player Spencer Webb

EUGENE, Pray. – BYU’s football program honored the late Spencer Webb by laying flowers on the field before the Cougars’ game against the Oregon Ducks.

The Ducks hosted the Cougars at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, September 17.

Before the game, BYU paid tribute to Webb, who passed away in July, by placing a bouquet of flowers at the four-yard line.

Webb passed away at the age of 22 following a recreational accident.

In addition to the flowers, former Ducks and current BYU offensive lineman Kingsley Suamataia brought an Oregon flag to the stadium in Webb’s honor. β€œOnce again, thanks to BYU for the kind gesture. I really appreciate it,” the Oregon public address announcer said over Suamataia carrying the Webb flag.

According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office via ESPN, Webb died after falling and hitting his head near Triangle Lake, a popular cliff-jumping spot near the University of Oregon.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Spencer Webb,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and head coach Dan Lanning said in a statement following Webb’s passing. β€œOur hearts go out to his family, teammates and friends at such a difficult time. Spencer will be sorely missed.”

β€œSo full of life every moment of the day,” Lanning added with a post on Twitter. β€œSpencer we will miss your smile and energy. Love you!”

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Webb, a native of Sacramento, California, was a junior tight end for the Ducks and a member of the Oregon program since 2018. During his four seasons with Oregon, Webb had 31 receptions for 296 yards and four touchdowns in 29 games.

No. 12 BYU vs. #25 Oregon

The Cougars once again begin their season in the national spotlight after knocking out world no. 9 Baylor at Provo last Saturday. BYU is up to no. 12 in the AP poll and expects another Top 25 matchup, this week on the road against world no. 25 Oregon.

It’s another chance to pull off a signature victory for BYU, which is generating excitement in the world of college football. Head coach Kalani Sitake hopes his team stays focused on the task at hand and not postseason potential.

BYU is off to a 2-0 start to the season with wins over South Florida and Baylor. Oregon opened the season with an embarrassing 49-3 loss to Georgia. They responded well last week against FCS Eastern Washington, defeating the Eagles 70-14.

The Cougars face another tough test with a talented and athletic team from Oregon. Dan Lanning took over as head coach this offseason, having helped lead the Georgia Bulldogs to the National Championship in 2021. Transferred quarterback Bo Nix, the former Auburn Tiger, leads the Ducks’ offense. He has 450 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions on 70% completions so far this season. Linebackers Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell lead a challenging defense with size and speed.

BYU will be without wide receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney once again. However, as we saw last week, this team has a lot of talent waiting in the wings. Chase Roberts broke out with eight receptions and 122 yards last week against Baylor.

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BYU’s defense was the MVP in last week’s win, stifling the Bears and holding on again and again down the stretch. The Cougars will also be without two key defensive linemen: Tyler Batty and Earl Tuioti-Mariner.

Ultimately, the difference in the win over Baylor and the difference this week will be quarterback Jaren Hall. Hall excelled when needed, leading the Cougars in two different two-minute drills a week ago. He showed his leadership after the game with his hug to kicker Jake Oldroyd. His poise and control of the offense are evident early in this 2022 season and he has a chance for a breakout performance against Oregon.

BYU’s game against Oregon airs on FOX and KSL NewsRadio.

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