C’mon, Football Season!
Okay, so let’s get things straight. Baseball and soccer season is awesome. I’m a huge fan of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sounders and love watching them day-in and day-out during the summer months.
However, there is a sports absence inside of me right now.
I’m missing college football.
I know that it’s just not me either, as writers/bloggers/reporters around the nation are trying to figure what to write about. But it’s more than just not really having a topic to write about. College football offers that excitement of watching some of the best, young athletes going head-to-head on the gridiron.
And so, though the Oregon Ducks‘ 2013 college football campaign is still just about four months away, it’s time to start breaking down a team that could very well see themselves in the final BCS National Championship Game (thank the college football gods).
Here’s what I see as being the starting offense for the 2013 Oregon Ducks.
QB – Marcus Mariota
Boasting a phenomenally accurate arm and big play potential, look for Mariota to continue to improve upon his 2012 numbers as new head coach Mark Helfrich opens up the offense and allows the standout quarterback to really sling the ball this year.
RB – Byron Marshall
Ok, so I know that it is tempting to list De’Anthony Thomas in this position but I truly believe Byron Marshall will be THE factor back in Oregon’s offense in 2013.
While Thomas will see quite a few carries at running back and will undoubtedly make quite the impact, Marshall is more of a every-down kind of back that the Ducks can rely on to really get between the tackles and excel down the field.
Garnering a few carries last season, Marshall really excelled in the spring game, rushing for 60 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Look for him to take control of the position and give the Ducks yet another solid running back.
RB/WR – De’Anthony Thomas
Once known as the taser position in the Oregon offense, look for Thomas to continue to garner attention at running back and wide receiver while still opening up the field for the rest of the Oregon players. This guy is a stud and expect him to continue to dazzle fans and confuse defenses in 2013.
WR – Bralon Addison
Apparently Bralon Addison has been putting quite the work in this offseason. A reliable receiver last year, Addison had to continue to build his frame and catching ability while keeping his same speed.
After watching him in the spring game, all evidence points to the fact that he is ready for a breakout season.
Addison will undoubtedly occupy one of the starting slots at receiver and give the Ducks an option in the short-middle areas of the field where he can catch the ball and showcase his ability to excel in open space.
WR – Josh Huff
After some legal issues that were resolved after the 2012 season, Josh Huff should be healthy, refocused, and ready to really make a statement at Oregon. A solid receiver throughout his career, Huff is one of the only deep threats on Oregon’s offense and has, at times, shown what a great receiver he can be.
Another player who excels in open space with his speed and evasiveness, if Huff can showcase his good hands throughout the year and stave off injury issues, he will be one of the more dominant receivers in the Pac-12.
TE – Colt Lyerla
Colt Lyerla is a beast. He is bigger, faster, and stronger than you and never doubt that statement. No matter who he goes up against he will surely win the battle. His competitive nature on the football field in unequaled by any other and he will continue to be the threat at tight end the Ducks really need to open up the field for their backs and receivers.
Look for him to continue dominating his opponents in 2013.
OL – Tyler Johnstone, Hamani Stevens, Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Jamal Prater
The Ducks will have to rebuild the offensive line a bit this year, especially since they lost Kyle Long to the NFL. But that doesn’t mean that they are not going to be a very strong unit overall.
With Tyler Johnstone, Hamani Stevens, Jake Fisher, Hroniss Grasu, and Jamal Prater all leading the way, Oregon should be solid all across the board despite losing some key pieces last season.
As in past seasons, look for the Ducks to continue rotating players in throughout the game to give their linemen breaks from the up-tempo blur that is the Oregon offense.
This was just a quick walkthrough of what I imagine Oregon’s 2013 offense looking like. And while I am confident that this will be the men who lineup on opening day, I am no psychic and cannot predict injuries/unforeseen circumstances.
But should this be the final, opening day roster, Oregon fans can feel confident that their program will make quite the run in 2013.