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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

■ Mark Helfrich talks possible changes in the first video and then answers questions on De'Anthony's role this year. Video courtesy of Steve Summers.

■ Ted Miller has Oregon in the "we'll see" category for linebackers due to multiple departures.

It's not just that the Ducks lost three of four starters. It's that they lost OLB Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay inside. Each is on an NFL roster, Jordan being a first-round pick and Alonso going in the second round. No team in the country lost anything approaching that at linebacker. Boseko Lokombo is back on the outside, but injury issues this spring prevented there from being much depth chart clarity.

Oregon verbal commit Jordan Hoiem has decided to give up football for the time being.

■ Erick Dargan makes Aaron Fentress' "rising stars" list at number seven.

Dargan played like anything but a backup and Oregon's secondary didn't skip a beat with him in the starting lineup.

Oregon led the nation with 26 interceptions and Dargan led the Ducks with five, including one in UO's Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. He finished fifth on the team with 54 tackles, including three for loss.

At 5-11, 205-pounds, he has the sturdiest build of the regular contributors at defensive back while also possessing good range and ball skills.


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