• Charles Fisher @ FishDuck.com looks at three of his favorite no-huddle plays from last year that lead to touchdowns in this FishDuck Minute.
• Rob Moseley previews the defensive line heading into spring practice. While Rob states, we know about all the returning players, but what about the wild cards?
This is a big month upcoming for sophomore Tony Washington, because there's an open spot at strong-side end and he's the most experienced guy there, despite having his redshirt freshman season marred by an elbow injury. That said, it won't be easy for Washington to win Terrell Turner's old job. Not only could a tackle move outside, but there are other young players in the mix, and also a new face in freshman Arik Armstead. The big-time recruit will arrive in Eugene late this week and enroll for spring classes, allowing him to participate in April's 15 practices. Given his measurables and the Ducks' needs, Armstead seems like a perfect fit for the strong-side role.
• Ted Miller believes the biggest shoes to fill from players who left early or graduated will be WR Lavasier Tuinei. Here is Ted's reasoning (not that I agree, and frankly I think that will be DT.)
While De'Anthony Thomas was the Ducks' most dynamic receiver in 2011, Tuinei was the team leader in receptions with 48 and touchdowns with 10. And we all saw what he did in the Rose Bowl: eight receptions for 158 yards with two touchdowns. Oregon has plenty of holes to fill: quarterback, tailback, rover, defensive end and two spots on the offensive line. But in most cases you can say who will step in, or at least you can talk about how good the folks are competing at that position. You can't say that about who will replace Tuinei.
• Aaron Fentress has three new articles that include these topics; closed practices, the QB competition and the impact Arik Armstead might make.
Little reason exists to believe Bryan Bennett won’t improve and an improved Bennett should lock down the starting job. Still, don’t count out Mariota, a three-star recruit in 2011. Marcus Mariota is a smooth customer with gliding speed and has a definitive pocket presence.