With spring football getting up and running on Tuesday, I'm going to run down five players that stand to move up the depth chart and make a significant impact in 2009.
The Ducks are heading into spring practices with a new head coach for the first time in 14 years. Though there may not be big changes in how the program is run, Chip Kelly does bring a firmer, more no-nonsense attitude to the Cas Center, and this may allow different players to catch his eye and excel.
There are major holes to fill, particularly up front on the offensive and defensive lines. But the Ducks also return with a much more solid quarterback situation than they had going into 2008, and an impressive group of linebackers who have finally had the time to mature.
The overall depth chart is riddled with guys who have significant experience in backup roles or on special teams who will be looking to breakout in 2009. Hopefully they can step up, take advantage of the opportunity, and fill the shoes of some former Ducks who we'll be seeing on Sunday next year.