The Ducks have finished strong this year winning their last three games and having a good chance of winning the Holiday bowl.
We have many important seniors leaving us next year including, JJ, J-Will, Nick Reed, Jerome Boyd, Terrence Scott, Patrick Chung, John Bacon, Fenuki Tupou, Max Unger, and Sonny Harris.
However, we have a tailback by the name of LaGarrette Blount. He will be our work horse next season and I expect he will have a J-Stew like season (1,700 + yards rushing). I also estimate he will get 225-250 carries. I assume he will lose a bit of weight and become a little quicker over the offseason, but his power will get better as well.
One Tailback that will get some carries in 2009 is (2009 sophomore) LaMichael James, a 5'9 180 pound Back out of Texarkana, Texas. He is built like Quizz Rodgers (but three inches taller) but quicker, and more agile. The reason he has not had any carries is because there were four other tailbacks in front off him, but I think he can prove himself in the offseason and become a 2-3 string back.
Senior running back Andre Crenshaw, and junior Remene Alston will also see carries
One JC transfer from Golden West College (California) I am particularly excited about is a 6'6 195 pound wideout by the name of Lavasier Tuinei. His height will give Masoli a big target to throw to. My only concern is if he can take a hit and still hold onto the ball. He has fairly good speed and very good leaping ability.
Our receiving core isn't taking too much of a hit only loosing Jaison Williams and Terrence Scott. Jeff Maehl, Aaron Phlugrad, and Jamere Holland are returning and as well as the best tight end in the Pac-10, Ed Dickson. They are all threats to any team and are all reliable to make the catch.
Jamere Holland will be the biggest threat. He is the fastest player in the country, running a 4.21 40. He is a USC transfer, but didn't see a lot of action this year because of a knee injury. He will be one of the most dangerous receivers in the country next year.
Coming back at quarterback is then to be Junior Jeremiah Masoli. Darrin Thomas will get playing time at the end of blow out games, but he is the future of Oregon Football.
Justin Roper is most likely to transfer, but us Oregon fans will never forget what he did for us in the Civil War last year, and especially the Sun Bowl.
Nate Costa...oh boy, well I don't know what to say. Three torn ACL's in the same knee in three years. If he can stay healthy Kelley should give him a shot, but I think he is too much of a risk.
On defense we have most of our secondary returning (T.J. Ward, Jarius Bryd, Walter Thurmound, and Willie Glasper). Hopefully Aliotti will get his head on straight and call the right coverages.
Our linebacking crew is still strong with Spencer Paysinger and Casey Matthews returning, but we still need one more weak side linebacker. The D-Line is really my one concern about the defense, with only one returning starter (Will Tukuafu). Our run defense will not be as strong as it was this year.
That is my analysis about next year. We will have a good chance to win the Pac-10 as we have all our tough conference games at home
I say we will go 10-2 and a bid to the Rose Bowl.
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