Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Now that Chip Kelly has officially announced his return to the Ducks, I figured it would be appropriate to start getting everyone’s hopes up about the upcoming season (even if it is about 7 months away). Not only will the Ducks be bringing back one of the great minds in college football in Chip Kelly, but they will also be returning eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense from a team that just tore through Kansas State like tissue paper in the Fiesta Bowl. Granted, the Ducks will have to replace the production of Kenjon Barner next season, as well as shore up the defense after the departure of Kiko Alonso, Dion Jordan and Michael Clay, but replacing talent is something that Chip Kelly clearly specializes in. The Ducks were only returning 14 starters and breaking in a new quarterback for the 2012-2013 season and still managed to win the Fiesta Bowl. To replace Kenjon Barner, De’Anthony Thomas will certainly have to step up, which should be more than welcome ...
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