It’s been a rough go for senior Kaulana Apelu.
After waiting two years before he saw the field repeatedly, Apelu had his junior season come to end after breaking his ankle against California halfway through the season. Then on Monday, Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal announced that Apelu would be out for the remainder of the regular season after suffering a fractured lower leg against UCLA last week.
"He will be right there with me at practice coaching — he's the heart and soul, one of the many guys that are together the heart and soul of the football team,” Cristobal said of Apelu. “His presence is necessary… he'll be very active among our football team in any way that we can involve him."
With that, sophomore Sampson Niu will now take over as Oregon’s starting inside linebacker next to junior Troy Dye. Fellow sophomore Keith Simms is now the backup to both Niu and Dye, making the Ducks’ depth at the inside linebacker spot minimal.
Despite being suspended for the first half against Utah, center Jake Hanson I still listed atop the depth chart for his position.