Thank goodness. The Oregon Ducks have finally announced that Marcus Mariota, the Flyin' Hawaiian, will be the starting quarterback in the 2012 season. And, on a day that has become almost more important than Christmas in the state of Oregon, Nike has shown us the new Duck uniforms.
Now perhaps we can get on to the business of actually playing some football.
But first, U of O sports information director Andy McNamara released the 2-deep depth chart for the Ducks today. The QB position is the most glamorous, but there are 21 other key roles on Oregon's football team, some of which feature very intriguing position battles.
Check out the depth chart and let's discuss.
WR 16 Daryle Hawkins—11 Bralon Addison
LT 64 Tyler Johnstone—74 Kyle Long
LG 60 Ryan Clanton—63 Mana Greig
C 55 Hroniss Grasu—78 Karrington Armstrong
RG 61 Nick Cody—54 Hamani Stevens
RT 75 Jake Fisher—71 Everett Benyard III
TE 85 Pharaoh Brown or 45 T.J. Daniel or 80 Koa Ka'ai or 15 Colt Lyerla
WR 1 Josh Huff—19 Eric Dungy
WR 7 Keanon Lowe—23 B.J. Kelley
QB 8 Marcus Mariota—2 Bryan Bennett
RB 24 Kenjon Barner—6 De'Anthony Thomas
DE 66 Taylor Hart—9 Arik Armstead or 44 DeForest Buckner
DT 65 Isaac Remington—97 Jared Ebert
DT 92 Wade Keliikipi—90 Ricky Heimuli
DE 96 Dion Jordan—91 Tony Washington
MLB 47 Kiko Alonso—34 Rahim Cassell
WLB 46 Michael Clay—22 Derrick Malone
SLB 25 Boseko Lokombo—33 Tyson Coleman
CB 27 Terrance Mitchell—3 Dior Mathis
CB 14 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu—2 Troy Hill
FS 20 John Boyett (John Boyett for Heisman)—31 Avery Patterson
SS 12 Brian Jackson—4 Erick Dargan
PK 93 Rob Beard—41 Alejandro Maldonado
KO 41 Alejandro Maldonado—93 Rob Beard
P 49 Jackson Rice—41 Alejandro Maldonado
KR 6 De'Anthony Thomas—1 Josh Huff
PR 6 De'Anthony Thomas—14 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
LS 39 Drew Howell (punts)—59 Jeff Palmer (PAT/FG)
HLD 49 Jackson Rice—2 Bryan Bennett
The positions that surprise me are LT with Kyle Long not getting the starting nod. No one doubts his talent, but he is still a bit raw. He will be starting before the season is over.
The tight end position is listed exactly as the U of O listed it. Clearly, there are still questions about Colt Lyerla, and the true freshman Pharaoh Brown continues to impress.
It's great to see Rob Beard as the place kicker! Maybe now we can quit having the nightmare about Maldonado missing the field goal in the USC game. It's also wonderful to see Brian Jackson get the nod to replace Eddie Pleasant.
So, what do you think? Are the Ducks ready?