Oregon Ducks Look Finished: Blount Is Done

Jimmy BryantContributor ISeptember 4, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Runningback LeGarrette Blount #9 of the University of Oregon Ducks hurdles a player en route to a touchdown during his team's 42-31 win over the Oklahoma State University Cowboys in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The Ducks came into the 2009 season confident and ready to go. With Jeremiah Masoli and LeGarrette Blount making the Heisman watchlists and having home field advantage against teams like Cal, USC and Utah, the Ducks were projected to make a push for the Pac-10 title. But the ugliness began against Boise State. They couldn't get more than 15 yards in the first half, and lost 19-8, but that was the beginning. Then when the game ended, Boise State DL Bryan Hout trashed talked to Blount, and Blount punched him in the jaw. Then Blount tried to go after the Broncos fans, and a couple of his teammates. Now he's suspended for the entire year as reported by OregonLive.com, basically ending Blount's career. The Ducks lost the guy who rushed for 1,000 yards and 17 TD's as a BACKUP last year, and will now go to a true freshman RB named LaMichael James, who rushed for 22 yards on 2 carries to Blount's -5 yards. The Ducks are most likely finished in the Pac-10 race. Chip Kelly's coaching career couldn't have started anymore worse than it did. Blount had a pretty bright future, being rated a Top 5 RB for the 2010 draft class, but know he is done. Drama happens before the season really starts. They need to get their hands on a prized recruit at RB if James can't step up.