Oregon lands commitment from punter Ross James

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Following the conclusion of spring ball, one remaining area of need for Oregon was at punter.

On Wednesday, the Ducks shored up that issue.

Oregon has landed a commitment from junior college transfer Ross James, he announced on Twitter this afternoon.

James is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound freshman who spent last season at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. In his lone season as East Central, James punted 62 times in nine games for a total of 2,514 yards for an average of 40.5 yards per punt.

He delivered a season-long punt of 63 yards and pinned 21 of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line while registering just two touchbacks.

The addition of James is a welcome one for the Ducks, as they ended the spring without a punter. Last year’s starter, Tom Snee, was not with the program this spring.

“They’re both away from the program right now,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said of Snee and defnesive lineman Kristian Williams following Oregon’s spring game. “They’re taking care of some issues for themselves.”

Snee is still listed on Oregon’s online roster, but his status is uncertain at this point.

In April, reserve punter Will Hutchinson entered the transfer portal.

If Snee does not return to the program for the 2022 season, James is the only punter currently with the program.

It is unclear at this point if James has joined the Ducks on scholarship.