Found April 04, 2012 on BeyondUSports:

Spring Practice Starts at UO

Spring practice has started for the Oregon Ducks and there are many interesting things to follow for the Ducks:

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Quarterback competition between redshirt sophomore Bryan Bennett and redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota

  • It will be interesting to see who makes the best first strides into being the Ducks next starting QB, as neither quarterback has much experience. As of now Bennett should have the upper hand thanks to being the Ducks backup, playing in eight games and starting in one.Mariota has reportedly impressed coaches though and is being reputed as possessing the perfect mix of passing and running skills to play in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Depth at running back

  • With LaMichael James leaving for the NFL and fellow running back Tra Carson set to transfer, Oregon is left only with only two scholarship running backs in senior Kenjon Barner and electrifying sophomore De’Anthony Thomas.This is a great opportunity for running backs Ayele Forde to ascend the depth chart before four star recruit Byron Marshall enrolls next fall.

Young pass catchers

  • Catching the ball was not a strength for the Ducks last season and with David Paulson and Lavasier Tuinei graduating younger players need to step up. Junior Josh Huff will need to take on the number one receiver role, and overcome the inconsistency that plagued him last season.Young receivers Rahsaan Vaughn, Devon Blackmon, Tacoi Sumler and B.J Kelley all have great potential and should figure to crack the Ducks rotation at the wideout spot.Sophomore Colt Lyerla will most likely be taking over for David Paulson, but will be challenged by incoming freshman Evan Bayliss and Pharaoh Brown.

Coach Chip Kelly shared his first thoughts with the media earlier outside the Moshofsky Center:

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