Oregon football is a forward-thinking operation, so it's only natural for fans to start projecting the futures of the 2013 crop of recruits.
But what about the group from 2012? Not Arik Armstead, Byron Marshall or the other handful of players that saw the field right away, but the guys who redshirted?
If you recall, the class was filled with talent, some of which didn't see any action this past season. Out of those players, who's most likely to take that next step and contribute on the field?
The Ducks currently have 16 redshirt freshmen. If we take quarterbacks Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie out of the equation (barring injury to Mariota, they probably won't get any meaningful snaps), that leaves us with 14 players who are hoping to make an impact after a year of learning from the sidelines.
Let's take a look at five redshirt freshmen who will reemerge into the spotlight and help out in 2013.
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