Oregon Football: Previewing the 5 Biggest Position Battles Headed into Fall Camp

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Oregon Football: Previewing the 5 Biggest Position Battles Headed into Fall Camp
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Does Tyson Coleman (#33) have the inside track on a starting LB spot?

A week from today the entirety of the Oregon Ducks' roster will be back in Eugene and a day later, practice will finally be underway.

Without the benefit of getting insight from reporters attending practice, most fans will take on a "no news is good news" approach. After all, most major developments that come out of fall camp are injury-related.

But the team still has a lot to accomplish, and that includes deciding on who will start at several key positions.

For now, it appears that both the secondary and defensive line are set. The wide receiver spots look to be fairly secure, as do the tight end, quarterback, tackle and center positions.

Even running back fails to make this list because while De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall appear to be the one-two punch, many are expecting a by-committee approach and thus, the "starter" designation isn't critical.

As the season progresses, other competitions may develop. Will Bralon Addison be able to break into the starting rotation of wideouts? Has Arik Armstead shown enough improvement to roll with the ones?

This is a projection from February of what the two-deep may look like in 2013, courtesy of Rob Moseley, the then-beat writer for the Register Guard. Note that a couple positions look a little different from where we sit nearly six months later, most notably the running back spot where coach Mark Helfrich called Thomas the starter.

Using that as sort of a general outline, while also factoring in developments that have taken place since it was written, let's take a look at the five biggest position battles as the Ducks head into fall practice.

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