The Ducks have been widely considering an offensive powerhouse, but could this be the year of the defense?
Entering fall camp, the Oregon secondary was regaled by some as not just the best in the league, but also the country. But through nearly two weeks of fall camp, it's been the defensive line drawing much of the praise from head coach Mark Helfrich.
So where does that leave the Oregon defensive backs?
"We're tight. We're tight as a unit," says junior DB Terrance Mitchell.
How good they may be is yet to be determined, and Mitchell, known for his boisterous personality was even able to deflect whether this might be the best group in program history.
"The only way to make that a fact [that they're best ever] is winning a championship," he said. "We've been around the block. We've been to a lot of big time games."
Five players who started at least one game from a year ago return in the secondary, including Avery Patterson. Patterson, started nine of the first ten game before a knee injury cost him the rest of the season.
"It's good to Avery back. He's a senior this year with a lot of leadership," Mitchell said.
Although it seems unlikely that any of this year's freshman will break into this year's two deep, Mitchell pinpointed Tyree Robinson as the member of the group who's stood out the most in camp.
"I like Tyree especially. He kind of reminds me of myself with his length. He's got a little swag too."
The day was also the third two-a-day of fall camp. The competition day was won by the defense in part because of their stops in the red zone Helfrich said.
"The defense took control of it in the red zone period. Did a great job of forcing forcing field goals.
Helfrich said the kickers were 100 percent in their kicks on the day, although they attempted less than 10.
Finally, ruining backs coach Gary Campbell made his second appearance of fall camp Wednesday. Campbell has taken time off to deal with an undisclosed family issue.
Campbell says the situation is still unresolved and that the other staff member have done a good job filling in for him in his absence.