Oregon Football: Predicting Top Offensive Performers vs. Arizona St.

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back Kenjon Barner #24 of the Oregon Ducks rushes for a touchdown late in the third quarter against the Washington State Cougars on September 29, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Cougars 51-26.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks boast one of the most exciting offenses in college football, and it'll be on display on Thursday night at Arizona State.

The Ducks rank second overall in college football, scoring 52.3 points per game and sport the No. 4 rushing offense, making for one heck of a show in Sun Devil Stadium this week.

I like the Oregon to move to 7-0 following a great offensive showing against the Sun Devils, with these three offensive stars leading the way.


Marcus Mariota 

I mentioned that the Ducks are one of college football's top rushing teams. Well, their quarterback is pretty good too.

Freshman QB Marcus Mariota is completing 67.9 percent of his passes this season, while throwing 15 touchdowns to just five interceptions for a 156.4 rating on the season.

As this Twitter account for an Oregon football blog points out, Mariota has been Dennis Dixon good through the first six games.

QB rating for Dennis Dixon in his senior year was 161.2. Marcus Mariota, through 6 games, is at 156.4 in his Freshman year. #goducks

— Addicted To Quack (@AddictedToQuack) October 12, 2012

Coming off a four-touchdown day against Washington, I'm expecting another huge scoring effort from the rookie QB on Thursday night.


Kenjon Barner

A big reason why Mariota has had such success as a freshman is because of senior running back Kenjon Barner's monster season so far.

In six games, Barner has 727 yards and nine touchdowns on just 116 carries, which is good for a 6.3 YPC average.

Barner put his mark on the 2012 season in Week 2, when he shredded the Fresno St. defense to the tune of 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-25 win.

Against a defense that has been susceptible to the run at times, you can expect at least 150 yards and a score from this senior against the Sun Devils.

In case you're wondering where Barner ranks among Oregon RB greats, check out this tweet from Oregon Assistant Athletic Director, Andy McNamara.

Kenjon Barner has just passed Ricky Whittle (1992-95) for 6th on Oregon's all-time rushing list with 2,552 yards #UOUW #GoDucks

— Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) October 7, 2012


Colt Lyerla

Coming off a 71-yard, two touchdown day against the Huskies, Colt Lyeria is poised for a big day against the Arizona St. defense.

Not only can he hurt you in the passing game, but he can run you over on the ground as well, as evident by his 77 yards and one touchdown on 12 attempts this season.

Last week was a coming-out party for the sophomore tight end, as before the Washington game, Lyeria hadn't had more than two receptions or 53 yards in a game in 2012.

The 6'5" versatile tight end is a big target for his freshman QB, who has targeted him a lot this season.

With receiver Bralon Addison and running backs Barner and De'Anthony Thomas hogging most of the coverage, Lyeria is bound for another big game on Thursday night.


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