Spring roster update

I have the current roster updated and current as of the handout from last Saturday. A few things that jumped out at me: <br><br> The two biggest men on the team are Geoff Schwartz 6-7, 351 and. Paluni Ma Sun is 6-5, 365. That's NFL size. Haloti Ngata isn't so tiny. He's only 6-5, 338! Time certainly has a way of creeping up on all of us. It just doesn't seem all that long ago when an offensive lineman was considered big if he was 6-3, 285 pounds.

Terrence Whitehead is up to 220 pounds, up 10 pounds from last year. He's been showing good quickness in drills so far this spring. Whitehead rushed for 1,144 yards last year and scored six touchdowns.

Anthony Trucks is now listed at strong safety. Last year he was a starting linebacker. Obviously that could change. Was it an erroneous listing on the roster? We'll see... Anther player that saw time last season at linebacker was A.J. Tuitele and he like Trucks is now listed as safeties.

Drew Larson was one of the walk-on punters last year, but this season the Pendleton native is a quarterback.

Greg Barton of Barton Football Camps (www.bartonfootball.com) described Kyle Bennett from David Douglas High School as a player that was overlooked and is a steal. Bennett, at 6-4, 224 is a big beefy type quarterback and was throwing good spirals during drills. Will his addition mean that the Ducks will only recruit one quarterback this season?

Running back Terrell Jackson gained almost 10 pounds and is up to 196. He too is showing good quickness.

When he was at Jefferson High School in Portland, T.R. Smith played quarterback. Now that he's finally in a Duck uniform he is listed at 6-0, 210. Looks like the Ducks are going to have their share of big backs on the roster this season.

A former running back, Chris Vincent is now a linebacker and rumors on the sidelined had him running a 4.46-second 40-yard dash. Incidentally, Vincent is the oldest player on the roster. He was born on Sept. 3, 1981.

One of my favorite Ducks, tailback Andiel Brown out of Cleveland High School in Portland is on the roster. Brown is a walk-on and I'll never forget talking to him after the Idaho game last year. Brown saw action in the game and told me he never expected to play. He had the biggest grin on his face and was truly grateful for the opportunity just to be on the squad. I'll be rooting for him this year.

Some interesting names: Tony Salazar, the son of Alberto Salazar is a wide receiver. The younger Salazar played for Central Catholic in Portland. Silas Paul, a walk-on fullback from Lincoln of Portland, anybody remember Paul Silas?

The Ducks will scrimmage on Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Oregon's offense is promising to be very dynamic this year and so far there seems to be great enthusiasm among the team over offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's scheme is bringing in.

Oregon's Spring Roster

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