Oregon Football: 8 Players Who Defined Chip Kelly Era

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Oregon Football: 8 Players Who Defined Chip Kelly Era
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Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly

Now that the dust has finally settled from Chip Kelly's decision to leave the Oregon football program, it's time to reflect on his incredible run.

And while some fans may still be miffed about Kelly's flip-flop, you can't help but look back on his time at Oregon in amazement. He led the Ducks to four straight BCS Bowl appearances, including a spot in the National Championship following the 2010 season.

Oregon won its first Rose Bowl in 95 years in 2012, and took home its second straight BCS victory this past month in the Fiesta Bowl.

And while so much has been made of Kelly's unique schemes and his approach to creating an electrifying offense, he'd be the first to tell you that it's the players who make his product so special.

We're taking a look now at the top eight players who defined the Chip Kelly Era. Simply put, when you think of Chip Kelly's time at Oregon, which players come to mind?

Honorable Mention: Jeremiah Masoli, Casey Matthews, Alejandro Maldonado, Lache Seastrunk, Josh Huff, David Paulson, Jeff Maehl and Carson York.

Masoli was considered as much for his on-field performance as his off-the-field troubles. Maldonado was mentioned because he's the biggest reason Oregon failed to get back to the title game, and Seastrunk gets a spot due to his ties to the Willie Lyles controversy.

All Statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com

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