Wisely recruited by Oregon, Dietrich Moore immediately began to make his presence felt as a true freshman. Midway through the 1996 season, Oregon put him in to assist the struggling Rich Stubler defense, desperate to find a way to shore up the gaps in the “edge defense” scheme that Coach Stubler had brought with him from the CFL.
• Ted Miller looks at the most intriguing players in the Pac-12 this spring and these comments about Oregon.
Oregon: WRs Devon Blackmon, B.J. Kelley and Tacoi Sumler
All three are redshirt freshmen. All three were touted recruits. At least one needs to step up at a position that is questionable for the Ducks.
• Incoming JC transfer OL Kyle Long keeps motivated to "win the day" with a little help from his Dad, former NFL Hall of Fame DE Howie Long.
• The Business of College Sports looks at the highest net income college athletic departments where you will find Oregon in the #8 spot with $16.4 million. Sure glad they needed to raise season ticket prices. (side note brought to by attention by Craig Pintens at the UofO)
• Rob Moseley continues his spring previews with a look at the tight end position.
Rated a five-star recruit in some circles a year ago, Colt Lyerla combines freakish athleticism with a powerful physique. He had his issues stepping into the rotation as a true freshman last season, pressed into action by season-ending injuries to Brandon Williams and Curtis White.
But when Lyerla wasn't grappling with the playbook, he was making the most of his opportunities. He averaged 21 yards on his seven receptions in 2011, and scored touchdowns on five of them. Based on those averages, Lyerla's production over a full season as the starter would be ... well, he won't hit those averages again, but they illustrate his big-play potential. Lyerla gives the Ducks more athleticism than the guy he replaces, David Paulson. Now he needs to step up in the areas of consistency and leadership like Paulson did.