Oregon Football: Explosive Ducks Who'll Blow Up in Fiesta Bowl

David DanielsSenior Writer IApril 9, 2017

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 24:  De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against Tyrequek Zimmerman #8 of the Oregon State Beavers during the 116th Civil War on November 24, 2012 at the Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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If any team is capable of stealing the show from the college football national title game, it’s Oregon.

The Ducks’ awe-factor is so incredible that they may just make the Fiesta Bowl more enticing than the BCS Championship.

There are plenty of Oregon players who are worthy of being called one of the most explosive in the country.

Here are the Ducks who’ll dominate against Kansas State.


3. De’Anthony Thomas

There’s a difference between football speed and track speed. Thomas is a rare breed.

He has track speed that translates to the football field.

There may not be a more dangerous player with the ball in his hands than Thomas, who’s scored 16 all-purpose touchdowns this season. He averages an insane 7.4 yards per carry, 9.4 per catch and 17.1 per punt return.

Last year, he carried the football twice in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. He scored on both of those carries and racked up 155 rushing yards in the process.

Thomas simply shines on the grandest stage.


2. Kenjon Barner

Barner isn’t as fast as Thomas, but he’s just as dangerous as a home-run threat. He’s capable of scoring from anywhere and he does it often.

This season, Barner has rushed for 1,624 yards and a whopping 21 touchdowns. Furthermore, 11 of those touchdowns came over the course of just three games—two three-touchdown efforts against Washington State and Fresno State and a five-touchdown performance vs. USC.

Barner didn’t leave his imprint on the Rose Bowl as much as Thomas—though, he did score on a 54-yard reception—because LaMichael James received the vast majority of the carries (holy halfback trio). This year, he’ll carry the workload and steal the spotlight.


1. Dion Jordan

Defensive players can be explosive, too.

While Thomas and Barner are explosive with the ball in their hands, Jordan is explosive getting to the football.

The 6’7”, 241-pound end will face a tall task in harassing the Wildcats’ Collin Klein, but the future first-round pick is more than capable of doing just that.

He hasn’t been overwhelmingly productive this season, recording just five sacks, but his incredible versatility impacts the game in a way that doesn't show up in the stat book.

Besides, with how dominant Oregon’s offense is, Jordan doesn't need to do much to leave his name all over the game. All he must do is help make a few splash plays that lead to one or two stops. It's that simple. One or two stops is all the Ducks offense needs to put the game out of reach.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.