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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the 2013 Oregon offensive line.

With [Tyler] Johnstone out for the spring after knee surgery, his buddy [Andre] Yruretagoyena figures to get first crack at replacing him with the first-team offense. That's a huge opportunity for the former top recruit to show he belongs in the Ducks' plans for 2014. With the other four starters back, you figure the Ducks are set up front. And the presence of three seniors means this projects as a very solid group come fall. Then, the intrigue is lower on the two-deep, where the redshirt freshmen battles with walk-ons for spots. One thing to keep an eye on will be how [Doug] Brenner and [Jake] Pisarcik are used; one school of thought holds that Pisarcik's future may actually be at center, while the burly Brenner could be a long-term fit at guard. We'll see if there are any indications of that in April. Also, the Ducks have signed a JC offensive guard, Haniteli Lousi, who is said to be a big, physical, nasty blocker, all attributes the line could use. If he's able to enroll for spring, Lousi can get a head start on bolstering those qualities in his new team.

■ Kyle Bonagura @ESPN has WR Josh Huff at #24 in the top 25 countdown for the Pac-12 in 2013.

Where Huff measures up against others in school history tells a lot. The senior tied the school record for touchdown receptions and broke Bob Newland's school-record for receiving yards that had stood for 43 years. In doing so, the 5-foot-11, 202-pound Texas-native cemented his legacy as one of the school's all-time greats. He went over 100 yards receiving six times, but no performance was greater than what he did in the Civil War against Oregon State. In that game, Huff caught nine passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 29 seconds left.


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