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Oregon to Mix Things Up in Its Star-Studded Backfield?
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Heisman Trophy candidates Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas are not alone in the Ducks' star-studded backfield.

With 850 rushing yards in their first two games, the Oregon Ducks have made it clear that losing Kenjon Barner hasn't done much to hurt their vaunted rushing attack—the same way losing Jonathan StewartJeremiah JohnsonLeGarrette Blount and LaMichael James to the NFL didn't either.

The talent, depth and versatility of Oregon's backfield will be on display this week when the Ducks face off against the Tennessee Volunteers. A tougher opponent and a healthy Thomas Tyner may help provide a glimpse into what the rushing attack will look like going forward.

Will the Ducks continue to run De'Anthony Thomas between the tackles against bigger, more athletic defensive fronts like Tennessee? Or will they move him around, utilizing his speed and versatility out of the slot as the season rolls along and the stakes get higher?

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