Colt Lyerla is going to play for Oregon next fall, likely as a hybrid tight end/H-back sort. But the Ducks are solid at tight end. They need either Devon Blackmon or Tacoi Sumler to step up as an outside receiver. We're going with Sumler who has special speed and is more polished as receiver.
• Bob Rickert continues his series, "Once a Duck always a Duck" as he sits down with former Oregon CB Aaron Gipson for a little Q&A. I remember sitting in the student section ripping Gipson apart for his awful plays when he was a freshmen. I had quite a different opinion by the time he was a senior. Good read.
• Dale Newton reports that Oregon added commitments from twin brothers Stephen and Eric Amoako of Martin High in Arlington Texas. Each 5-11 195, they boast sub 4.5 40s.
The Amoako brothers are a perfect fit for the Oregon defense. They're fast and physical. Eric had 59 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 interceptions last season. He returned a fumble 61 yards for a score in 58-48 victory over Flower Mound back in September. The two had dual offers from Kansas State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Purdue with a season yet to play as preps.
• Adam Jude notes that suspended CB Cliff Harris was a no-show for the third day at Oregon's voluntary summer workouts.
• Dale Newton introduces 2011 recruit Christian French in this profile story on the incoming freshman.
French is the one, the athletic package that one player in a hundred has. 6-5, 236, according to his Oregon bio. He's run a 4.4 40 and 10.68 hundred meters (Kenjon Barner runs a 10.76, LaMichael James at 10.51--that's fast company.) Guys that size simply aren't that fast very often (Usain Bolt is 6-4, 6-5, but he weighs between 190 and 207 lbs.)
The intrigue, though, goes further than his uncommon size/speed combination.