The big story for Oregon this off season should have been about how the Ducks were going to be a national title contender. Instead their off season has been talk of legal troubles, Mike Bellotti resigns as AD to join ESPN and his golden parachute.
The biggest question for Oregon is who will be their quarterback in the fall. Jeremiah Masoli is out as quarterback and the battle will come between Nate Costa and Darron Thomas once the season begins. My gut goes with Nate Costa, and the way Chip Kelly has been able to plug in quarterbacks and they all do well. This happened when Dennis Dixon went down (well the following year), and when Jeremiah Masoli took over for Darron Thomas during the Boise State game in 2008.
The quarterback play will be fine and with their opener against New Mexico will give the quarterback a chance to ease in before they travel to Tennessee next week. The opener the Ducks will not have running back LaMichael James because of his own legal issues. Whoever is the quarterback will be someone who is athletic enough to run the read option and being able to roll out which are all required in the playbook.
Coach: Chip Kelly
Last season: 10-3 overall, 8-1 in the Pac-10. Lost 26-17 to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
Spring dates: March 30-May 1.
(minimum of six starts)
Offense (9): G Mark Asper, WR D.J. Davis, C Jordan Holmes, RB LaMichael James, T C.E. Kaiser, WR Jeff Maehl, T Bo Thran, WR Lavasier Tuinei, G Carson York.
Defense (8): T Brandon Bair, FS John Boyett, CB Talmadge Jackson, SS Javes Lewis, LB Casey Matthews, LB Spencer Paysinger, LB Eddie Pleasant, E Kenny Rowe.
Special teams (1): P Jackson Rice.
2009 statistical leaders (*returning starter)
Rushing: LaMichael James* (1,608)
Passing: Jeremiah Masoli (2,147)
Receiving: Jeff Maehl* (696)
Tackles: John Boyett* (90)
Sacks: Kenny Rowe* (11.5)
Interceptions: Talmadge Jackson* (4)