Seniors Mark Asper, Josh Kaddu, David Paulson and Eddie Pleasant will be joined by juniors Cliff Harris, LaMichael James and Darron Thomas. The biggest oversight among UO players would have to be receiver Lavasier Tuinei, who followed up a Rose Bowl MVP appearance with a promising showing at an all-star game.
• Aaron Fentress notes that Cliff Harris' transgressions while in school haven't stopped the NFL scouts from wanting to see more of him at the combine.
NFLDraftScout.com has Harris rated as the 136th player in the draft and a projected fourth-round pick. In a league increasingly becoming more reliant on the passing game, teams can never have too many cover corners. Harris is just that, although he could stand to add bulk to his 5-foot-11, 168-pound frame.
• Chris Charbonnier @FishDuck.com has a recruiting special and looks at the Pac-12 talent in an introductory article.
• Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota say it's all about competition, not controversy, as they vie for the starting QB role. Aaron Fentress has the story.
"We've talked and it's not a controversy for us," Mariota said. "It's more of a way for each of us to get better. People might bring up what they want but we're just taking it day by day. ... We're both good players. No matter what happens we know that in the end, the guy who is playing, the other guy will root for him."
• Ted Miller started his Pac-12 top 25 countdown for 2011 now that the season is over and David Paulson sits at #25.
How valuable was Paulson to Oregon? “I would argue he’s our most valuable player on this entire team because of what he does in so many different roles,” coach Chip Kelly told the Eugene Register-Guard late in the season. Paulson, 6-foot-4, 241 pounds, earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors (behind Stanford's Coby Fleener) after getting a first-team nod in 2010. He has outstanding hands and also is a very good blocker. He likely will be a middle-round pick in the NFL draft this spring. Off the field, he was first-team all-academic in the conference for a third consecutive season, earning a business degree with a 3.7 GPA. It has been reported he will finish his MBA this summer. So add a big brain to his NFL resume.