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:
The Oregon Ducks have opened spring practice without an audience and a couple of familiar faces from last year's Rose Bowl-winning team. But their speed is still there.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly says he was pleased with the tempo of the first of 15 practices this month.
This is the first year that Oregon has closed drills to supporters, as well as the media. While some fans weren...
EUGENE – University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly confirmed that running back Tra Carson did not return to school for the start of the spring term classes Monday, and intends to transfer closer to home.
After putting their finishing touches on a historic 2011 season with a third conference championship and first Rose Bowl win in 95 years, the Oregon Ducks returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon secluded from the media and general public, though focused on 2012.
The Oregon Ducks began spring football on Tuesday with 93 athletes on the roster. The most notable additions were defensive lineman Arik Armstead and tight end Evan Baylis both true freshmen that enrolled for the first day of spring term on Monday and also Jake Rodrigues, another freshman, who was enrolled for winter term.
After being rained out Friday night, the Sun Devil baseball team was unable to shake a cold streak this weekend, suffering a sweep to the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore.
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