Ducks Play Several Freshmen

For seven true freshmen Saturday not only provided a first taste of rowdy Autzen Stadium on game day, but also there first collegiate playing time in the Ducks' 57-34 victory.

Receivers Bralon Addison and Dwayne Stanford, tight ends Pharaoh Brown and T.J. Daniel and running back Byron Marshall saw snaps on offense, while defensive lineman Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner were the only defensive participants.

The sturdy Marshall showed a glimpse as to why he was the top-rated RB on the West Coast this past year, shouldering the majority of the carries in the victory over Arkansas State. Marshall led all ball carriers with 24 carries for 64 yards and a four-yard touchdown run. The touchdown displayed his powerful running style as he pulled a Red Wolf defender with him into the end zone after initial contact.

All fall camp we've heard how impressive the Texan Addison has looked, and Saturday we saw his skills on display. He pulled in 3 passes for 15 yards and also saw extensive duty as a returner on special teams despite no returns.

Stanford's 6-5 frame has rendered him the nickname "Too Tall", and he certainly stood tall Saturday. Stanford's apperance Saturday may be considered somewhat of a surprise, as his progress was uncertain throughout fall, but he made the most of it, catching 2 passes for 24 yards. Freshmen tight ends Brown and Daniel had been part of a heated position battle and despite sophomore Colt Lyerla's status as the starter Saturday, both played. Brown had a 17-yard reception and Daniel played the last two series of the fourth quarter.

Armstead and Buckner are two of the most heralded defensive line recruits in recent memory and they certainly passed the eyeball test Saturday. Both saw extensive reps, Buckner making three tackles and Armstead two. Armstead said after the game that the two had bonded a lot over fall camp.

While more freshmen could certainly play this fall, these seven made their marks Saturday and will look to build off of it.

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