Oregon Football: 5 Ducks with Most Pressure to Perform in 2013

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Oregon Football: 5 Ducks with Most Pressure to Perform in 2013
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Today we're taking a look at Oregon Ducks players facing pressure in 2013.

Naturally, everyone faces some sort of pressure, because a football team cannot accomplish its goals unless every player does his job. But some players have more pressure than others for a variety of reasons.

It may be that he's underperformed so far in his career. It could also be (as in the case with a certain linebacker on this list) that he's at a position in need of some veteran leadership.

The biggest name failing to make this list is Marcus Mariota, because there aren't many questions surrounding the Ducks' star quarterback. He played one season, exceeded expectations and now enters 2013 as one of the best signal-callers in the country. The pressure is on for him to continue his stellar play, but it isn't the same as the other guys on this list.

Before you read on, remember one very important thing about the offensive players on the list. Oregon averaged 50 points per game last season, so getting hung up on individual statistics is pointless. Guys can always improve their own numbers, but in a game where the offense scores on seven or eight straight drives to begin the game and then starters are subbed out, you can't be mad at anybody for not producing.

If the offense is scoring, it doesn't matter what kind of numbers players put up.

Find out which five Ducks have the most pressure to perform in 2013.

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