Originally written on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 10/27/14
The Ducks lost Colt Lyerla and De'Anthony Thomas by Game 3, and they are still #2 in the country, undefeated, with an offense that produces 630 yards and 56.8 points a game. It's a remarkable testimony to their coaching, depth and resilience. Concern before the season centered around perceived thinness at running back, new starters at linebacker and lack of play-calling experience on the part of Scott Frost, the new offensive coordinator. Could Mark Helfrich really replace Chip Kelly? (Don Ryan, AP photo) The concerns have been addressed pretty well. There's been no loss of offensive productivity with Byron Marshall emerging as a capable number one back. Marcus Mariota has emerged as the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, accounting for 25 touchdowns with zero turnovers. The offensive line has gelled beautifully, giving him plenty of time to throw, and leading receivers Bralon Addison and Josh Huff have emerged as one of the best tandems in the country, fuelin...
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