Oregon Football: Answers for the Mysteries from the Ducks' Spring Game
In a recent article done by Kay Jennings, another Oregon featured columnist, she talked about some very interesting things that went on during the Oregon spring game.
The various points that Kay made were about mysteries that seemed to spring up throughout the annual scrimmage.
After watching the spring game over again and after diving deep into the concerns that were expressed in the article, I decided to put my detective hat on and get to the bottom of these mysteries.
Here are the answers to the formerly unsolved mysteries.
Where Was Colt Lyerla All Game Long?
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The first question asked where Colt Lyerla was hiding all game long. The Ducks have lost David Paulson to graduation and will now be relying on Lyerla to step up and fill the void.
While Lyerla was quiet during the spring game, does that really surprise anyone? The Ducks are a team that have had a wealth of tight end talent over the past decade and have consistently underused them.
Unless there is a shift in how Chip Kelly calls his plays, tight end production will never be consistent at Oregon.
Why Didnt Josh Huff Play?
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This one seems fairly straight.
When you look at Chip Kelly's track record, getting into off-field trouble is something you don't want to do in his program. Kelly is extremely fair and waits for the facts to come out, but when he has them all and the evidence points your way, you better duck.
With his offseason DUI, Huff is firmly in the doghouse and will be there for a while.
The receiver has had plenty of time to recover from his injury last spring, and Kelly wouldn't sacrifice time that Huff could be getting comfortable with a new quarterback unless he had too.
Who Is the Third-String QB?
While Jake Rodrigues certainly appears to be a player who will make his presence felt at some point in the future, the Ducks are resting easy with both Marcus Mariota and Bryan Bennett battling it out.
The question was brought up, who would come in at the third-string spot. Rodrigues is a good guess, but with his limited experience, he hasn't quite got there.
For the correct answer, look no further then junior Dustin Haines. Haines is a hometown boy, who saw limited action against Colorado last year and was also named the MVP of the Ducks offensive scout unit.
Will Carson York Be Ready for Fall?
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When it comes to injuries, you never want to push someone too hard. Carson York suffered an injury during the Rose Bowl and has been pushing towards recovery ever since.
Luckily for York, Oregon has state-of-the-art recovery facilities. Think about this, the Ducks training staff had Dennis Dixon working out for teams in the NFL just months after blowing out his knee.
I think for now, unless there are setbacks, you can feel free to write York's name into the starting lineup in pen.
Is Tyson Coleman as Good as He Looks?
Boy oh boy, Tyson Coleman had the fans in a uproar at the spring game, as he took a Bryan Bennett pass back to the house for a touchdown.
Coleman is coming off his redshirt year and will get plenty of playing time as the Ducks love to rotate players to stay fresh.
The only thing to remember about Coleman is while he looks good, he is buried at a deep position. The Ducks have players like Michael Clay, Kiko Alonso, Boseko Lokombo, Derrick Malone and Anthony Wallace all ready to step up.
While the future is bright, it still may be a year away.