Oregon Football: 4 Reasons Why the Ducks Will Be Fine in 2012
Oregon has had a rough offseason.
Darron Thomas and LaMichael James left for the draft.
Tra Carson transferred.
Josh Huff got arrested for driving under the influence.
Yet despite all that's happened, Chip Kelly and the Eugene faithful will still find a way to win games, and achieve the rare feat of winning four consecutive conference titles.
Chip Kelly's Success with Young Quarterbacks
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Remember after Dennis Dixon graduated and Oregon was left without a quarterback?
Then do you remember how Jeremiah Masoli came in and led the Ducks to a victory over Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl?
Then do you remember how two years later when Masoli was suspended for the 2010 season, no one thought Oregon would be competitive, but then Darron Thomas led the Ducks to the National Title Game?
Chip Kelly has a track record of getting young quarterbacks to succeed and Bryan Bennett will be no different.
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The nice thing about Oregon's fast-paced offense is it puts the defense on the field for more minutes, meaning more players get cycled in.
Even though Oregon only returns seven starters on defense, they still have reserves with ample playing time.
From top to bottom, Oregon won't see a huge drop-off on defense because of the experience their players have from last season.
Depth of Young Receivers
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Even if Huff is suspended for his DUI, wide receiver is a position they won't have to worry about.
There were talks of cornerback Dior Mathis moving to wide receiver last year, and Oregon also has three young redshirt freshmen to use in Tacoi Sumler, BJ Kelly and Devon Blackmon.
Rashann Vaughn also flashed potential last season as did tight end Colt Lyerla.
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Need I say more?
Thomas lit up the nation as a freshmen last season, and will become one of the top players in the country next year.