Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/22/13
Next Man Up Four years ago the Oregon Ducks football program promoted Chip Kelly, their innovative offensive coordinator who had never held a head coaching position, to Head Coach in a move that surprised many people around the nation. While his offense was quickly becoming one of the most talked about units in football, many questioned whether or not he had the ability to take the Oregon Ducks to the next level. Two wins in four BCS Bowl appearances later and Chip Kelly is off to the NFL looking to make his mark at an even higher level, leaving the Ducks in a very interesting position. There is no doubt that Oregon has the talent to contend for a BCS National Championship next year. Marcus Mariota is coming off an unbelievable first-year at quarterback, De’Anthony Thomas will step into a bigger role on offense, and Oregon’s secondary looks like it will continue to be one of the best in the Pac-12. Besides that talent, a plethora of young players looking to make their impact at the ...
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