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Oregon Football: Why QB Battle Will Be the Most Intense One This Fall
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There are several very intriguing position battles going on in Oregon's fall camp. Because Chip Kelly does not allow access to the Ducks' practices, we are left with interpreting the post-practice comments of Kelly, his assistant coaches and the players to determine what's really going on.

It's clear that there is drama at the tight end position. We don't know why Colt Lyerla, the presumed starter, missed the first six practices. We do know that this past week that coaches were touting the progress and skills of true freshman tight ends Pharaoh Brown, Terrence Daniel and Evan Baylis. So, this movie will be entertaining to watch until the end.

It would appear that there is also a battle underway to determine the No. 3 running back. Will true freshman Byron Marshall beat out walk-on sophomores Ayele Ford and Kenny Bassett?

Will Kyle "Release the Kraken" Long, use his size and skills to bully his way into a starting role on the offensive line? (Credit to reader QUACK ATTACK for "Release the Kraken" in reference to Long; it's brilliant and we're using it!)

There are many subplots in the Ducks' fall camp, but there is only one made-for-TV movie of the week: Who will be Oregon's starting quarterback? All the other jostling for position pales in comparison to the stakes of winning the QB job.

Here's why. 

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