• Ted Miller previews the linebacker position and he has Oregon in the "great shape" category.
The Ducks are fast and deep and experienced. Casey Matthews was second-team All-Pac-10, while Spencer Paysinger was his equal in production. Josh Kaddu and Boseko Lokombo are impressive enough that returning starter Eddie Pleasant moved to rover. And sophomore Michael Clay might end up the best of the lot by season's end.
• Rob Moseley also previews the LB position.
The veterans of the group are inside linebackers Casey Matthews and Spencer Paysinger. If either falters, the Ducks have a talented young sophomore in Michael Clay who is ready to snap up reps at either of the inside positions. He may already be Oregon’s most gifted linebacker, and awaits a chance to prove it full-time.
• Ken Goe talked with Chip Kelly yesterday and the head coach is taking a wait and see approach to naming a starting QB.
“They’re closer than most people think,” Kelly said Wednesday. “The quick look at it is that Nate is the heady, savvy, wily veteran, the thrower type guy, and Darron is the ultra athlete but not as cerebral. But Darron is a student of the game and works very hard at it, and Nate is a better athlete than people give him credit for.”
• George Schroeder has a feature story on Darron Thomas that is titled, "Thomas out to prove he’s licensed to thrive."
“He has a lot of the intangible things you look for,” Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich says. “He just needs to be thrown in the fire and see what he can do.”
To sum up: You’re not quite sure what you’ll get with Thomas, but it could be scary good.