5 Players the Oregon Ducks Can't Afford to Lose in 2012

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5 Players the Oregon Ducks Can't Afford to Lose in 2012
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It takes a total team effort to be successful in college football, like the Oregon Ducks' big win in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

If each one of the 22 starters on this year's team doesn't do their job—especially in the right place at the right time—the Ducks risk failure.

On each team, however, there are always certain key players whose absence can mean disaster. Dennis Dixon ring a bell?

Who will those players be this year? What headline about injuries—or worse, arrests—would make you cringe like you did when you first learned about Jeremiah Masoli and Cliff Harris' escapades?

Here are five players whose names I don't want to see in any news accounts between now and next January 7—unless it's their coach raving about their performances on the field.

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