Oregon Football: 5 Players Who Will Improve the Most in 2013

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Oregon Football: 5 Players Who Will Improve the Most in 2013
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Oregon coach Chip Kelly and QB Marcus Mariota

The Oregon Ducks figure to be one of the top teams in the country once again in 2013.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota returns after his sensational freshmen campaign as does his entire group of starting receivers. The offensive line also returns plenty of talent, and tight end Colt Lyerla has NFL-type athleticism despite the fact that he'll be entering his junior season.

Aside from John Boyett, who missed every game but the opener, the secondary will return all four starters as well as a host of backups who contributed throughout the season.

It may sound like a broken record, but under head coach Chip Kelly the Ducks have continued to build talent and depth that rivals many top programs in the nation.

But new faces must emerge and contribute if Oregon is to reach its fifth consecutive BCS bowl game.

We already know about players like Tyson Coleman and Avery Patterson, both of whom burst on to the scene in 2012 to play major roles on defense.

Here are five guys who will improve the most next season. The list is based strictly on performance this season compared with how I think they'll perform next season.

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