Reposted with permission from Bleacher Report
(Note: The views expressed are those of the author only and may not necessarily be shared by eDuck Sports, LLC)
Part Two: Oregon Offense Vs. Boise State Defense
In the Trenches
The Ducks' offensive line is a huge question mark this year. Their only two returning starters were out with injuries during the spring. They should be healthy come fall camp, but there is still uncertainty about who will start where on the line.
The Broncos lose one of their best defensive ends in recent years in Mike T. Williams but have another stud in Ryan Winterswyk returning. The rest of the line is solid and deep and includes Michael Atkinson, a 320-pound freshman who played fullback in high school.
Advantage: Boise State
Oregon has one of the most dangerous rushing attacks in the nation behind dual-threat quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and RB LeGarrette Blount. Even if the offensive line has problems, these two could really cause problems for any defense.
Junior Darrell Acrey is the lone returner for the Broncos' young linebacking corps. They will get much needed help from S Jeron Johnson, but the key to stopping Oregon's running game is going to be the defensive line.
Masoli's arm has improved since last year, and most of the components of coach Chip Kelly's spread offense are back, including up-and-coming receiver Jamere Holland. With the balance of the running game, these receivers could put up big numbers and score a lot of points for the Ducks.
Boise State returns all four starters in the secondary, led by senior All-American CB Kyle Wilson. The chemistry they have developed from last season and through the spring will help them the cover the whole field, which is exactly what they will need to do.
Boise State's success on defense in last year's game was due mostly to the fact that the Ducks were one-dimensional. Oregon's offense this year will be much different and will be a tough test for this defense.
Read more opinions about Oregon football at Bleacher Report
Ducks at Broncos: Preview, Part II
eDuck Top Stories
Ducks to the Elite-8Jordan Bell pulled down four big offensive rebounds among his game 14 rebounds as the Oregon Ducks hung on to beat the Michigan Wolverines, 69-68. Tyler Dorsey led the Oregon…
eDuckYesterday at 6:38 PM
Duck Bread CrumbsIt's no secret that the Oregon Ducks have made a ton of offers for players to fill the 2018 class. This is very early in the recruiting cycle of course so let's see if we can…
eDuckYesterday at 1:26 PM
Thompson Grew Up Loving the DucksCasey Thompson is a 4-star quarterback from Southmore High School in Moore, Okla., and is one of the hottest recruits for the class of 2018. He currently has offers from 23 schools…
eDuckYesterday at 12:38 PM
Oregon, 4-star RB's "Dream School"A 4-star running back, Jamal Elliott, Hillside High School, Durham, N.C., will take an unofficial visit to Oregon for the Ducks' annual spring game. Elliott was offered by Oregon…
eDuckWednesday at 1:56 PM
Ducks Offer San Diego PlayerIsaac Taylor-Stuart, is a 4-star corner back from St. Augustine High School in San Diego, and has received an offer. While Scout.com had listed him as having low interest in the…
eDuckTuesday at 7:18 PM