Oregon Football: The 20 Greatest Plays of the Chip Kelly Era

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Oregon Football: The 20 Greatest Plays of the Chip Kelly Era

Whether it be LaMichael James entering a pile and somehow emerging from it 10 yards downfield, Dennis Dixon dicing through defenses, or De'Anthony Thomas nearly breaking the sound barrier with his speed, the Oregon Ducks have found a way to consistently excite us over the past five years. We owe this, in large part, to the ever-exciting and innovative Chip Kelly.

Kelly became Oregon's offensive coordinator in 2007 and wasted no time, crushing Michigan in the Big House 39-7 while racking up 624 yards of total offense. 

In 2009, he took over as head coach and quickly became one of the nation's elite. In his three years as head coach, Kelly has led the Ducks to three straight conference championships, three straight BCS bowl appearances, and over 20 sexy uniform combinations. 

Aside from his innovation and explosive, fast-paced offense, Duck fans can also thank Kelly for his ability to recruit and produce dynamic playmakers. Jeff Maehl, for example, was recruited as a 3-star cornerback. Under Kelly, he became one of the best Oregon receivers of all time.

And let's not forget about Chip swiping De'Anthony Thomas away from USC right before national signing day. Take that, Kiffin!

This list is for the Duck fans who want a break from the 2012 world filled with NCAA investigations, a quarterback battle and miscellaneous off-the-field issues. It is for the fans who want to relive the glory of Oregon's rise to the top tier over the past five years. 

Some of these plays are great because of how they were drawn up. Some are great because they were clutch. Some are great because they were visually spectacular. One way or another, they need to be remembered.

As we gear up for the spring game and hope for another great season in 2012, let's stop and take a look back on the best of the best from Coach Kelly's time here at Oregon.

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