Despite the graduation of Lowe, the transfer of Chance Allen and the uncertain status of Devon Allen, the Ducks have a lot of talent returning. Given the returning depth at running back, Marshall can still play an all-purpose role, and Stanford is a budding star. Addison’s return should help account for Lowe’s blocking and leadership, and there’s an enviable group of young talent in Carrington, Brown and incoming freshman Alex Ofodile, who enrolled for winter quarter. Position coach Matt Lubick has developed a deep, talented group over the last two years, and his efforts are to be applauded. At tight end, Baylis and Mundt return to help bridge the gap until Brown’s return.
■ ESPN along with the Pac-12 bloggers has Marcus Mariota as the #1 college player last year.
■ Andrew Nemec has Ugo Amadi at #6 as he counts down the top 10 recruits this year.
■ Max Thornberry says infielder Mitchell Tolman has his eyes on the prize and Rob Moseley talks about the versatility of Scott Heineman.
■ Dale Newton says who ever tries to fill Marcus Mariota's shoes won't have a lack of targets.
The exciting thing about this receiver corps is the balance. The new qb will have tall targets at the goal line, burners for the vertical routes, reliable possession guys and great downfield blockers. There’s speed and leaping ability, experience and football smarts, playmakers, gamebreakers and depth. They're disciplined, well-coached and competitive.