• It has been a long and tumultuous road from the Rose Bowl to the eve of spring practice but we made it. Rob Moseley has a feature story that appeared in the R-G yesterday that echoes those sentiments.
In the big picture, success on the field would likely set hearts at ease. This spring, that means showing the potential to be the Oregon football team fans thought they would see before this wild winter.
“It’s all about leaders,” said former UO defensive end Saul Patu, now a youth minister who worked with the men’s basketball team this past season. “Obviously they’re fragmented. They’ve got to come together.”
The process begins Tuesday. And, former players said, it’s not too late to set the foundation for a big 2010.
• John Hunt wonders if Chip Kelly can work his quarterback magic in 2010.
In Kelly's three years at Oregon, he has provided far more answers than questions at quarterback. He took Dixon from budding professional baseball player to Heisman Trophy candidate. He created running room for Brady Leaf. He took Masoli, a junior college transfer without the benefit of a real fall camp, and turned him into an offensive weapon.
"It's about being a complete quarterback," Kelly said.
• Nick Daschel does a preview of the Oregon safeties and thinks it could be a position of strength for the Ducks.
If Eddie Pleasant, who started 12 games at outside linebacker in 2009, makes the transition to safety, this could be a position of strength for the Ducks this season. Also returning is sophomore John Boyett, whose name was called repeatedly during the second half of a standout freshman season. Junior Javes Lewis is likely to battle Pleasant for a starting job aside Boyett, thought both are likely to play a lot.