DE: Arik Armstead, Jr.; T.J. Daniel, RSo.; Jason Sloan, RFr.
NG: Alex Balducci, Jr.; Stetzon Bair, Jr.; Jonathan Kenion, RFr.
DT: DeForest Buckner, Jr.; Sam Kamp, Jr.; David Kafovalu, Sr.
Entering 2013 this looked like the deepest, most talented position group on the team. But the losses to graduation are massive, and suddenly depth is a real question mark. Buckner is a budding star, and Balducci can take the next step from plugger to playmaker. Armstead has more than enough talent to be an impact starter, though he's spending this winter playing basketball rather than "pushing more weight," as Pellum wants to see his defense do in their offseason lifting program. Can Bair make the huge jump from scout-team yeoman to contributor in the two-deep? Will Daniel parlay his work with the scout team into a regular role on defense? The Ducks do have some help on the way, having signed JC defensive lineman Tui Talia, and there's a chance he could get here in April. This may be a position where some February signees get a chance to contribute early, too, come August.
■ Kevin Gemmell has Hroniss Grasu in the #23 spot in the Pac-12 top 25 players for 2013.
He anchored the line for the No. 1 scoring offense in the Pac-12 (45.5 points per game), the top rushing offense in the league (273.5 yards per game) and the No. 1 total offense in the league (565 yards per game). The Ducks line also allowed just 18 sacks in 13 games, the third-lowest total in the league.
■ Josh Huff represents Oregon as the Senior Bowl prep gets underway.
■ Mike Merrell believes when it comes to the Heisman, Marcus Mariota should just say no to all the hype.
■ A short teaser video from GoDucksdotcom reminds you it's almost baseball season and you belong at PK Park.
■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ (@takimoto23x) lists his top 20 (20ish) touchdowns from the 2013 season. Always fun to go through his list and commentary.