Oregon Ducks: Tough Season Ahead?

Tyler AndreassenCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2008

The Ducks may have a tough season ahead. With running back Jonathan Stewart and quarterback Dennis Dixon gone, they lose a lot of experience and leadership.

They have good prospects coming in at quarterback in Darron Thomas and Chris Harper. For now, they will most likely start Nate Costa at quarterback and and the big Jerimiah Johnson at tailback.

My only concern is the experience level at wide receiver and quarterback. If 6'5" senior wideout Jaison Williams can stay healthy, Costa will have a big target in him (and one who won't drop the ball so often).

But other than Williams, the Ducks have no true starting receiver from last season. Ed Dickson will probably be the most explosive target for Costa, also at 6'5" with a 230-pound frame, he is one of the best tight ends in the country.

At quarterback, Justin Roper is the only one that got any playing time last year since Costa tore his ACL. So Mike Bellotti is taking a gamble here with the sophomore, but, in my opinion, it will pay off in the long run, especially by his senior season.

The Ducks Defense is arguably the strength of the team with junior Walter Thurmond, senior Patrick Chung, and Jairus Byrd returning, the secondary is one of the best in the Pac-10.

Overall, I'd say the Ducks have a solid 'D.' I'm not going to go on about the defense because I know what it's capable of, but the offense is my only concern.