Oregon Ducks football is alive and well but not because of the players everyone knows. RB Kenjon Barner and RB De'Anthony Thomas have been great, but they are not the sole reasons that Oregon is ranked No. 2.
Barner is an absolute beast of a running back. He has averaged at least six yards per carry over the last three years, and he had 11 touchdowns last season.
Barner has led the Ducks in three of their first four games. He even had 201 yards and three touchdowns against Fresno State. The senior back is building a good resume as NFL scouts start looking at him to play on Sunday's next season.
Thomas, along with Barner, creates possibly the best running duo in college football. While Barner looks more like a typical running back, Thomas is a lot like Dexter McCluster, except better.
Thomas may be the fastest player in college football, and he is a great receiver. In 2011, Thomas only had 595 yards rushing, but he had 605 yards receiving. He also had 16 total touchdowns.
Thomas's best game this season also came against Fresno State. The sophomore Duck rushed for 102 yards on seven carries. If he could add a little weight, he will be the most dynamic weapon in next year's draft.
Most people know these guys, though, and they don't see the other guys. There are four players who have been vital to Oregon's success, and three of them are freshmen.