The second-biggest shoes to fill were cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's. With him being out during the postseason, those shoes were already starting to be filled by Chris Seiasy, which brings us to ...
Third-biggest shoes: S Erick Dargan
Dargan was one of the best surprises on this year's Oregon roster. Though he had no serious starting experience coming into the 2014-15 season, he commanded the Ducks secondary like a seasoned veteran. He led the Pac-12 in interceptions with seven (for comparison, the next-best in the conference was three) and led the Ducks in tackles with 95.
■ Dale Newton says there are 50 shades of green to torture opponents and please fans this year.
■ Max Thornberry talks about the pitchers for the baseball team this year. Oregon shutout Hawaii yesterday in the season opener 12-0.
Pitchers: With plenty of excitement surrounding George Horton’s team this year everyone is ready to make the jump from regional tournaments to the College World Series. With the talent on the mound and at the plate, this very well could be the year we see that happen.
Game: Oregon’s starting lineup featured four players who are in their first season with the Ducks. Junior college transfers Phil Craig-St. Louis, Brandon Cuddy and Eureste, and freshman Jakob Goldfarb combined to go 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored. The quartet finished with a combined five extra-base hits.