2012 Rose Bowl: 5 Things Oregon Needs to Improve On in 2012
Oregon finally did it. They won the Rose Bowl, and in dramatic fashion too—a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin.
The Ducks accomplished their goal of finally winning a bowl game for Chip Kelly, and that ended up being the Ducks' first Rose Bowl victory since 1917.
Now the Ducks will take a few weeks off to recover and celebrate their season before coming back and getting ready for a great 2012.
The Ducks have a few things to work on.
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Oregon is going to be losing three starters from this years offensive line, just as they did last year.
Carson York, Darrion Weems, and Mark Asper will all be graduating and Oregon will have some holes to fill.
LG Nick Cody will be a senior, while center Hroniss Grasu will be a redshirt sophomore.
Top recruit from last year's class Andre Yruretagoyena will finally see the field after redshirting this year.
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Oregon will still be deep at wide receiver, but they will have no size at the position.
Justin Hoffman and Lavasier Tuinei will both graduate and they were the only receivers that Oregon had that were over 6'2".
Huff and DAT will be back, as will Tony Dungy's son, Eric Dungy, and Rashann Vaughn.
The Ducks as well will finally start to give this years freshmen, Devon Blackmon, Tacoi Sumler and BJ Kelly some reps.
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Oregon will be graduating a vital asset from this year's squad.
Punter Jackson Rice.
Rice was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award given to the best punter in the nation and helped the Ducks out by pinning their opponent deep down the field.
Rice will be graduating this year and Oregon will have to find a replacement.
Experience in the Secondary
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John Boyett will be the only returning upperclassmen in the secondary with Eddie Pleasant graduating.
Boyett will be added by a load of young cornerbacks that saw plenty of field time this year, but at safety it will be all up to him.
Oregon always seem to have plenty of depth but I didn't see much at the opposite safety to Boyett.
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Montee Ball is a great running back, but how could the Ducks not make a tackle?
All game Ball would take three or more hits but still keep on going.
The Ducks need to work on wrapping the opponent up and bringing him to the ground if they want to be a national contender next year.