QB Marcus Mariota was the star in last year's spring game. Who will it be this year?
Final: Offense 65, Defense 10
The scoring system may not have worked as well as new head coach Mark Hefrich would have liked, but the Ducks certainly put on an impressive show for fans in their annual spring game.
Marcus Mariota kicked things off with a beautiful touchdown drive on his first possession and the offense never really looked back. Mariota finished the day with as many touchdowns (2) as incompletions, and he left the final 3/4 of the game to his primary backups, Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie.
Both guys appeared exactly as we've come to know them through media reports. Rodrigues is more impressive physically and has an enormous arm, while Lockie looks a little more poised but can't make as many throws.
Byron Marshall had just six carries but turned those into 60 yards. Josh Huff and Bralon Addison both had solid performances at the wide receiver spot and each appear headed toward big things in 2013.
On defense, the story of the day was guys sitting out due to injury. DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli sat out as did linebackers Derrick Malone, Tyson Coleman and Rodney Hardrick. Joe Walker got plenty of run and appeared fairly comfortable, even blitzing Lockie on one occasion.
If cleanliness is what you'd like to see most out of the spring game, that's exactly what you got. The Ducks only turned the ball over once (Dustin Haines threw it right at a linebacker) and as far as I can remember only a couple passes were dropped. B.J. Kelley was dinged up in the first half but came back to make at least one more catch later on.
All in all, a solid day in Eugene despite the lack of fireworks that Mariota provided last season. Heading into the summer, the Oregon Ducks look every bit the part of powerhouse, and if they can carry spring momentum into the fall, a fifth BCS bowl could very well be on the horizon.