Masoli's status still uncertain

Oregon begins spring practices next Tuesday with more questions than it was supposed to have.

Starting with quarterback. It's now a position of uncertainty: A competition between senior Nate Costa and sophomore Darron Thomas.

As for the guy who was supposed to be a Heisman Trophy candidate at the position, Jeremiah Masoli's status with the team remains uncertain. Coach Chip Kelly said he will meet with Masoli, who was suspended for the 2010 season after being convicted of second-degree burglary, on Monday to figure out what -- if any -- role Masoli will have this spring. Kelly gave Masoli the option to redshirt this season and return in 2011.

Other notes:

  • Eddie Pleasant, a starter at linebacker, will move to safety. Pleasant is one of the fastest defenders, and Oregon is deeper at linebacker than in the secondary.

  • The defensive line also isn't deep, which is why Brandon Hanna and Dion Jordan have moved there from linebacker and receiver, respectively.

  • Three incoming freshmen defensive backs will participate in spring practices: Dior Mathis, Terrance Mitchell and James Scales.

  • As far as injuries, offensive lineman Carson York (shoulder), cornerback Talmadge Jackson (shoulder) and linebacker Josh Kaddu (foot) may see only limited action in practices.

  • Running back LaMichael James, who will be suspended for the season-opener, will practice with the team. Less certain is linebacker Kiko Alonso's status. He's suspended for the 2010 season because of a DUI arrest.