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Friday, May 16, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the running backs post spring practices and heading into fall.

It’s inevitable that one preseason storyline will be whether Marshall or Tyner wins the “starting” job, but the fact of the matter is, both figure to play extensively in 2014, perhaps even in tandem. More interesting will be the development of the newcomers, at a position where the Ducks have an extensive track record of playing true freshmen. Royce Freeman was one of the top running back recruits in the country, having piled up 2,824 yards as a senior, and Tony James could be a fit in the hybrid role Thomas played. Can Benoit keep developing and win some carries in the fall, or will the freshmen make an immediate splash?

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at the Spring Game and events since then.

■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list yesterday.

■ Andrew Greif looks at the recruiting trail where Oregon is drawing interest from elite prospects.

■ It's official, Levi Stadium (49er's new digs) will be the official site for the Pac-12 Championship game through 2016.

■ Shaun Chase's power surge has him ranked as one of the country's best.

Oregon baseball is on the bubble to host a NCAA baseball regional. They'll need to finish strong and no better place to start than UCLA this weekend as the Ducks look to fix road woes and UCLA has been less than stellar at home.


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