The incoming senior has thrived as a commanding leader in the locker room and complimentary player on the field, with expertise in blocking the perimeter and at short or intermediate routes. But now is his chance to step into Huff's cleats and flash signs that he can be a similar downfield threat who can stretch an opposing secondary.
■ The Oregonian breaks down the defensive line group as spring practice gets ready to start.
■ Dale Newton wonders which of these three running backs will be the most productive in 2014, Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner or freshman Royce Freeman.
It’s going to be a fascinating battle-within-the-battle, watching these guys compete for the lead role. If they push each other and bond the way James and Barner did, Oregon could have the best backfield in the country and one of the best the conference has ever seen.