Entering fall camp,
The Ducks return starters at the two inside positions. Senior Ed Dickson has
started every game at tight end the last two years and is a potential
All-American. Junior slot receiver
Jeff Maehl also started every game last season and is one of the Pac-10
Conference's most underrated players. A HREF=//boisestate.scout.com/a.z?s=336&p=8&c=1&nid=4263800>Jamere Holland's strong performance during the spring makes him a lock to
start at one of the outside positions.
Dickson (6'5", 245) is a playmaker
who often gets overlooked by the national media. As well as being a good
receiver (36 receptions for 473 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2008), he is also
a solid blocker—both at the line of scrimmage and downfield.
Dickson will be backed up by Malachi Lewis (6'4", 220), who like Dickson was
a four star prospect out of high school. Lewis
has played well when he is on the field.
Jeff Maehl (6'1", 175) has made an almost seamless adjustment to the
slot position. Maehl moved from free safety late in the 2007 season when Brian Paysinger and Cam Colvin were lost to injury and Derek Jones was suspended. He
promptly grasped the starting reins and has improved every aspect of his game.
Jamere Holland (6'1", 185) is a former U.S. Army All-American who signed
with USC after high school. He
transferred after his freshman season to
Several candidates are battling for the final starting position. The
favorite is DJ Davis, a 6'1" 205 pound junior from
Another strong possibility is Tyrece Gaines, who enrolled in June and
has been working out with the team this summer. Gaines (6'2", 205) was a junior college
All-American last season at
There are two other players that can't be ruled out of the competition for
the final starting spot, Rory Cavaille and Garrett Embry.
Cavaille, a 6'3", 207-pound senior, is a former walk-on who just does
everything the coaches ask of him. He
is also regarded as the best blocking receiver in the bunch—a huge plus in
The most highly anticipated recruit for this season is Diante Jackson.