The top storyline will be Colt Lyerla's effort to develop mastery of the entire playbook and step into Paulson's shoes. But who plays behind him? Curtis White was able to dress for a few Rose Bowl practices, though his participation appeared to be minimal. Will he be ready to go in April. Either way, it's also time to find out what the Ducks have on their hands with Christian French, a tall, lanky athlete built more like past tight ends Dion Jordan (now a UO defensive end) and Ed Dickson than Paulson or Lyerla.
• Rob Moseley confirms that Kenjon Barner will return for his senior season.
"This was a decision that wasn't easy for me," Barner said in a statement released by the athletic department. "But after talking things over with my family and coach Campbell, as well as praying about it, I have decided that I will return to Oregon for my senior year."
• Josh Kaddu, David Paulson and Lavasier Tuinei, have accepted invitations to play in postseason all-star games next week. Also noted is De'Anthony Thomas being named as a co-winner of the College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner.
• NCAA president Mark Emmert announced yesterday he would back a plan for a four team playoff system as long as the BCS committee didn't allow it to grow beyond the four teams.
• Ted Miller announced his 2011 Pac-12 All-Bowl team and you'll note there are a lot of familiar Duck players on his list.
• Dale Newton analyzes the recruiting process and determines that it's not always about the number of stars a player receives by the ranking services.
Athletes who conform, transform, and push themselves to excellence build a team. They want more David Paulsons and Terrell Turners at Oregon, leaders who take care of their business.