Khalil Oliver made a surprise start at safety in last week’s loss at Nebraska, and the redshirt sophomore is listed as No. 1 on the depth chart heading into Saturday’s Pac-12 opener against Colorado in Eugene, Ore.
The 6-foot, 205-pound graduate of Rocky Mountain in 2014 made one tackle in his first career start at Nebraska as the Ducks shifted starting safety Tyree Robinson to corner. Oliver has three tackles this season and an interception against Virginia.
He played in all 13 games for Oregon as a redshirt freshman last year, recording 30 tackles and an interception.
Oliver forms half of a young safety duo for Oregon, with true freshman Brenden Schooler slated to start at the other safety position.