#16 Oregon Ducks

Andrew ReussContributor IAugust 23, 2009
The Ducks finished 10-3 last season, they beat Oklahoma State in the Holiday Bowl 42-31 to cap off the season.

Oregon had a very productive season on offense in '08, while the return key parts to their offense they will certainly look to do this again. The Ducks had some very good players on defense last season, but still could not put it together, and gave up a lot of points. The Ducks lost a lot of talent on defense and will look to fill some holes.

The Oregon offense could be better then last years, that being said the Oregon defense might be taking a step back.

Let's take a closer look at the Ducks...

Oregon features dual threat QB Jeremiah Masoli
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Running back LeGarrette Blount will handle most of the running duties. He rushed for 1,002 yards last season and found the end zone 17 times. He will look to improve on those numbers this season, as he should get more touches with Jeremiah Johnson out of the picture.

Tight end Ed Dickson is a very solid option for Maoli and will be looked upon to make big catches for the Ducks. Along with Dickson, Masoli will be lookin in the direction of Jeff Maehl quite a lot.

Now let's move on to the Ducks defense that is in need of some work.

With line backer Jerome Boyd, corner back Jairus Byrd, and saftey Patrick Chung all gone the Ducks have some serious rebuilding to do.

Corner back Walter Thurmond III will need to step up this year and take away the opponents go to target. The Ducks secondary last year was pretty poor, and if they wan't to beat the big boys of the confrence they will need to get a lot better on defense.

Oregon should be able to put up points this year, and if their defense can make some big stops they will be a very good team.

Players to Watch: Jeremiah Masoli, LeGarrette Blount

Projected Record: 9-3


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