• As we draw nearer to spring practice the position previews continue to fly into the blogoshpere. John Hunt looks at the running backs in this piece and as you might guess, lays on the platitudes for LaMichael James. Hard to go wrong with that pick.
I guess John must be trying to catch up with Rob Moseley as he has a second story on the receivers and tight ends. Hunt likes Jeff Maehl and calls him "deceptively athletic", Davis is a "strong presence" on the outside and Lavasier Tuinei is "uncommonly rangy." The Ducks do lose one receiver to the defense, Dior Jordan moved to the defensive line.
• Speaking of the defensive line, Andy Mac previews that position. Returning starters Brandon Bair and Kenny Rowe will probably be joined by some of these returning veterans, Zac Clark, Terrell Turner and Tyrell Irvin, along with former tight end Dior Jordan. JC transfer Isaac Remington, enrolled since winter term, will also try to find a starting spot as he has a head start on the prep signing class.
• Rob Moseley looks at the receivers and and says the good news is that all three starters are back, Jeff Maehl, Drew Davis, and Lavasier Tuinei. But only Maehl has real "star power", others have great potential but zero proven depth.
• Totally unrelated to football but worth mentioning is the Oregon men's golf team.GoDucks.com reports that the Ducks are rated No. 1 among 285 NCAA Division I schools by Golfstat.com based on head-to-head standings. That's the first time in school history that the golf team has been ranked number one.