2010 PREVIEW: Oregon

DESPITE LOSING THEIR starting quarterback unexpectedly, Oregon returns a wealth of starters on both sides of the ball and many prognosticators have the Ducks as one of the top teams in the nation.

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 The Word on the Ducks

This is certainly a Top 10 preseason team for 2010 (the Ducks last AP Top 10 preseason ranking was at No. 7 in 2001). This offense has found its groove spreading defenses out and then running with the football. One of the main stalwarts responsible for making the ground game go, RB LaMichael James (2009 Pac Ten Freshman of the Year), is back looking for bigger rewards in just his sophomore campaign. He will continue to slash through holes created by an offensive line that loses no one...NationalChamps.net

Even if Costa is perfect, there's some work to be done on the other side of the ball. The linebackers are fine, but the defensive front has to grow up, and the secondary needs depth. But that won't attract the attention the quarterback position will — right, Nate? Athlon

Chip Kelly can coach quarterbacks. Unfortunately he can't keep them out of trouble or away from injuries. That's why the Ducks go into fall drills looking for a replacement for Jeremiah Masoli. That's also why Kelly will make a star out of that replacement, either Darron Thomas or Nate Costa...CBS Sports

The Ducks' difficult offseason reached a climax when coach Chip Kelly suspended starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for the season. The turmoil caused me to drop Oregon a few spots, but it shouldn't surprise anyone if the Ducks wind up winning the Pac-10 or competing for the national title this season with either Nate Costa or Darron Thomas at quarterback. They return most of their defense, and all five offensive linemen are back to open holes for James and Barner...Sports Illustrated

This is assuming that the Ducks offense doesn't lose too much of a step without Masoli. The spread offense requires good reads from the quarterback and either Costa or Thomas must make good decisions for this team to be successful. Costa has been around the program for a while and knows the offense well. While younger and less experienced, Thomas will likely lead this team in the future, whether that begins in 2010 or 2011. Both quarterbacks have their qualities and whichever wins out in the fall will be the key to another Pac-10 title and trip to the Rose Bowl... XtraPointFootball.com



 Ducks at a Glance
 Head Coach  Chip Kelly
 at Oregon  10-3 (2nd year), same overall
 2009 Record  10-3 Overall, 8-1 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  7-0 / 3-2 / 0-1
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  9 / 2
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  8 / 3
 Lettermen Returning  46
 Off/Def/Spec  24 / 20 / 2
 Lettermen Lost  19
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
Pac-10
 Total Offense
412.00
33
2
 Rushing Offense
231.23
6
1
 Passing Offense
180.31
98
9
 Points/Game
36.08
8
1
 Total Defense
336.31
35
4
 Rushing Defense
128.69
42
6
 Passing Defense
207.62
44
4
 Pts Allowed/Game
23.77
51
4
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
 #7 Nate Costa | 6-1 | 210 | Sr. | QB
 Passing: 20-33, 197 Yds, 1 TDs, 1 INTs
 #21 LaMichael James | 5-9 | 185 | So. | RB
 Rushing: 230 Att, 1546 Yds, 6.7 Avg, 14 TDs
 #23 Jeff Maehl | 6-1 | 184 | Sr. | WR
 Receiving: 53 Rec, 696 Yds, 13.1 Avg, 6 TDs
Rajric Coleman  #20 John Boyett | 5-10 | 198 | So. | FS
 Tackles: 90 Total, 62 Solo, 2.0 TFL, 3 INT, 8 PBU
Rajric Coleman  #37 Talmadge Jackson III | 5-10 | 188 | Sr. | CB
 INTs: 4 for 73 Yds, 50 Tackles, 40 solo, 10 PBU
Chris Randle  #58 Kenny Rowe | 6-3 | 232 | Sr. | DE
 SACKS: 11.5 for 63, 43 Tackles, 25 Solo, 15.0 TFL, 4 PBU, 3 FF
 
 Series History
 Games Played  113
 Series Record  UO leads, 57-46-10
 Last Meeting  37-33, UO on 12/03/2009
 First Meeting  16-0, OSU in 1894
 
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