These two players alone make Oregon a team to be reckoned with when the 2011 season begins. No matter what happens with the Oregon program, the team can still maintain it's high level of play on the backs of their two stars.
The Ducks showed what kind of prolific offense they could put on the field last season. If that returns, this could be the most exciting and dynamic offensive team college football has seen in a long time.
• Dale Newton looks for candidates who have the potential to move from just good to great. Dale looks at five pairs of players who make his list. Here is just a short sample of the first pair, Kenjon Barner and David Paulson.
If Barner stays healthy this season and blossoms in his TAZR role, he could have a Bobby Moore-like season. Duck fans love the purposeful way he runs, so very efficient slashing in and through the hole with one cut. He's a tremendous change of pace from his good friend and backfield mate LaMichael James.
Paulson's story is similar in that he's been a solid player for the Ducks, but he could join the ranks of great Oregon tight ends in 2011. Darron Thomas needs someone to rely on for those crucial first downs, someone who will hang on to the ball in traffic.