Oregon Football: Why Ducks Defense Needs to Improve

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Oregon Football: Why Ducks Defense Needs to Improve
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LaMichael James and the Oregon Ducks offense look as sharp as ever, but to continue their NCAA success, defensive improvement is required.

On Saturday, the Ducks went in to Arizona to put on a full-fledged showcase of their high-powered offensive talents against the Wildcats. LaMichael James re-entered discussions for his own Heisman candidacy, as he set the record for single-game rushing yards with 288 rushing yards in the process.

James added 105 yards in special teams yardage, as well as two receptions for 15 yards. 

School is now in session for the students at the University of Oregon, and the hustle of the campus is in full swing. Following their BCS National Championship Game appearance against Auburn in January, Oregon fans are as proud to be Ducks as ever. The Oregon gear is (roughly) as common as the rain here in Eugene, and the football team is recovering from their loss and pushing for another successful campaign at a BCS Bowl.

Their offense, led by Darron Thomas and LaMichael James, certainly looks ready for the challenge, as they’re in the process of breaking in their young and undersized offensive line that was obviously overmatched against LSU. Without graduated senior Jeff Maehl, Ducks receivers David Paulson, Lavasier Tuinei, Rashaan Vaughn and sophomore Josh Huff have already stepped up for the team.

While the second-highest scoring offense in the NCAA (52.0 PPG) is able to rely predominantly on their offense to win football games, they will need bigger contributions on defense in order to maintain elite play over the course of the season.

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