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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley previews the defensive line as we head in Spring Practice next week.

This group lost a ton to graduation -- three full-time starters -- leaving only one returning starter up front, defensive end Terrell Turner. The new starters at tackle figure to come from the trio of Taylor Hart, Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Heimuli. 

JC transfer Isaac Remington will look to prove he's worthy of playing time in the fall. Another JC player, Jared Ebert, is also in line to join the practice rotation this spring. At end, the Ducks also expect a big jump in development from end Dion Jordan.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Remington and Ebert look ready to help; JC defensive tackles usually need a year of playing in reserve before blossoming, and the Ducks can afford to play them in that role if Hart, Keliikipi and Heimuli capably compete for the starting jobs.

 John Hunt previews the running backs.

The Ducks have not only LaMichael James back, after he opted against turning pro, but also backup Kenjon Barner, who ran for 551 yards last season, including a 133-yard day against Oregon State.

With the Ducks needing to preserve James’ health, even with the season months away, and fully aware of Barner’s abilities, Lache Seastrunk should have every opportunity this spring to prove he can be a happy and productive back.

 Ted Miller looks at the potential members of his 2011 top 25 Pac-12 list.

 Jon Wilner has a closer look at how the new Pac-12 TV deal is coming along, an interesting read.

Dale Newton takes a good hard look at the difficult task of replacing center Jordan Holmes. Also, a very good read.


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