Duck Line Returns in Strength

Fall camp of for the Oregon Ducks starts next Monday (Aug. 9) and while most attention will focus on the competition between quarterbacks Nate Costa and Darron Thomas, the Duck offensive line returns the entire crew from the Pac-10 Champion squad.

The Oregon starting offensive line is composed of three seniors, Jordan Holmes, 6-5, 300, C.E. Kaiser, 6-4, 290, Bo Thran, 6-5, 281 plus junior Mark Asper, 6-7, 322 and sophomore Carson York, 6-5, 286. Last year this group, along with back ups junior Darrion Weems, 6-5, 292, sophomore Nick Cody, 6-5, 296, senior Max Forer, 6-3, 267, junior Ramsen Golpashin, 6-4, 275 and sophomore Lance Barker, 6-1, 278pushed and protected the explosive back Oregon back field to the tune of 36.1 points per game and 412 yards per game (first and second respectively in the conference.) The Pac-10 leader in rushing offense (231.7 ypg) is back in 2010 fully healthy when camp starts next week.

The Ducks have a number of new faces that should see playing time this year after spending last season as a red shirt. Big Everett Benyard, 6-7, 315, is a massive individual and enjoyed a productive spring workout. Jamaal Burrell, 6-4, 306, Trevor Fox, 6-5, 290, Karrington Armstrong, 6-2, 283 also saw more reps in the spring and add more quality big bodies to the mix. Junior college transfer Ryan Clanton, 6-4, 294 from City College of San Francisco was able to enroll in school for winter term and pack a spring workout under his belt, which will prove valuable entering fall camp.

The Ducks signed two additional linemen in the 2010 recruiting class. Nick Rowland, 6-5, 310 and Hroniss Grasu, 6-3, 267 both enrolled for summer term and participated in summer workouts with the team.

Additionally, the Ducks have several walk-ons listed on the current roster. Redshirt freshman Mana Greig, 5-11, 291, junior transfer Josh Sanford, 6-2, 276 and redshirt freshman Brenton Spickerman, 6-6, 266 will be in fall camp. Sanford played at College of Siskiyous and played his high school ball at Port Angeles HS in Washington.

Junior Charlie Carmichael, 6-4, 285 is on the official roster but may not see any playing time due to a continuing knee problem.

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