It happens every year about this time. I start worrying about who will replace key players for the Oregon Ducks when guys leave due to graduation, the NFL or other reasons.
And every year I bet you think the same thing: no player will ever be able to replace (insert your favorite player's name here.)
But the magic of college football is that new kids come along each and every new season. They may never take the place in your heart of departing superstars, but they manage to get the job done.
This 2012 Ducks team is special. Lots of talent. Lots of speed. Lots of character. Except for Isaac Remington's little midseason boo-boo, Oregon's players have been good students and community members.
With issues like character and leadership in mind, it's not enough to just plug holes with the next 4-star recruit. Oregon fans also demand that their team be one they can be proud of, both on and off the field.
With that in mind, here are some gaping holes in the Ducks' roster as we look ahead to 2013.