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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Aaron Fentress wonders if the Ducks can make it four conference championships in a row?

Oregon enters the season with ample reason to expect success. The Ducks last year were young with 65 freshman and sophomores and just 10 seniors. This year Oregon features 16 seniors -- with most expected to make a significant impact -- including Clay, running back Kenjon Barner, guard Carson York, safety John Boyett and defensive end Dion Jordan, to name a few.

• Daniel Mediate introduces Oregon's first oppenent Arkansas St.

2011 recap: The Red Wolves finished a perfect 8-0 season in the Sun Belt Conference last fall and notched a 10-3 overall record. The team's three losses came at the hands of Illinois, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois in the Bowl. It was a major improvement from 2010, in which the team finished 4-8.

• Steve Maher lists five things that could derail the Ducks in 2012.

John Canzano was on hand to witness former Oregon distance runner Galen Rupp take the silver medal in the 10,000 meter race in London.

Dale Newton the biggest question mark on the Oregon depth chart, the TE position.

Colt Lyerla is an enigma. He's phenomenally talented, almost NFL ready at 6-5, 238 with a 40-inch vertical leap and an 11-foot broad jump. He's a physical mismatch for any strong safety in the country, catching 7 passes for 147 yards as a freshman, a 21.0 average, five of those for touchdowns.

But there are questions about the Hillsboro High Product. The former Army All-American missed five games as a freshman, didn't record a stat at the Rose Bowl, and was held out of much of spring practice and the Spring Game.

If he does achieve his awesome potential, the Oregon offense instantly becomes more potent, particularly in the red zone where his frame and leaping ability give him an unreal advantage in one-on-one coverage.


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