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NCAA Projections: Five Oregon Ducks 2012 football stats predictions

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Football season is so close you can almost taste it. The crisp fall air, the burgers sizzling on the grill, the smell of face paint are all beginning to materialize in the senses of all college football fans.

Though some schools have kicked off their fall camps, the Oregon Ducks will be kicking off camp on August 6th with big things planned for 2012. Ranked 5th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Ducks will be looking to compete for their fourth straight Pac-10/12 title.

In order to do this, the Ducks will need to perform at an elite level game in and game out. Players such as Kenjon Barner, De’Anthony Thomas, and Michael Clay will have to contribute more than ever as the Ducks face their toughest challenges in 2012.

Kenjon Barner, Oregon Ducks

Ducks RB Kenjon Barner is out of LMJ’s shadow and looking to do a little damage himself.

Here are the anticipated 2012 statistics for the top players on the Ducks; statistics that will prove valuable over the course of the season.

Quarterback – Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota has emerged as a dark-horse candidate for the Oregon Ducks at quarterback. Virtually the same athlete as Bennett, Mariota may be a touch faster than his counterpart with whom he is competing for a starting spot at quarterback.

  • Completions: 255
  • Attempts: 425
  • Completion %: 60
  • Yards: 2824
  • TD: 26
  • Yards/Attempt: 6.6
  • Rushing Attempts: 67
  • Rushing Yards: 325
  • TD: 8

Running Back – Kenjon Barner

With the departure of LaMichael James to the NFL, Kenjon Barner will finally step into the spotlight at running back for the Ducks.

Alongside talented true sophomore De’Anthony Thomas, Barner should be one of the features of Oregon’s prolific rushing attack.

  • Attempts: 292
  • Rushing Yards: 2,028
  • Yards/Attempt: 6.9
  • TD: 17

Though he doesn’t have the cutback speed of James, Barner should still be able to put up great numbers for the Ducks in his first year as a true starter.

Taser – De’Anthony Thomas

The taser is one of the more unique positions in Chip Kelly’s spread offense and will be assigned to do it all athlete Thomas. He will use his skills to be incorporated in both the rushing and receiving game.

  • Rushing Attempts: 137
  • Rushing Yards: 1,017
  • Rushing Yards/Attempt: 7.4
  • TD: 15
  • Receptions: 57
  • Yards: 683
  • Average: 11.9
  • TD: 12

With Lavasier Tuinei’s for the NFL, the Ducks are suffering from a lack of depth at the receiver position, an argument for De’Anthony Thomas spending more time as receiver. Though he should be able to stretch the field at times, Thomas will obtain most of his yards after the catch, as he has some of the best speed and maneuverability in the nation.

Defensive Line – Dion Jordan

Dion Jordan is a beast of a man. I have always raved about his abilities and believe that this will be his year to show the nation just how much of a threat he is on the defensive side of the ball.

  • Tackles: 53
  • Solo: 30
  • Assist: 23
  • Loss: 19
  • Sacks: 10.5

Expect Michael Clay to garner many national accolades this season. Photo credit: Oregon Daily Emerald

Though some may think he is undersized for his position, Jordan begs to differ. Using his big frame, he blows past defenders while also pushing them away with his long arms.

While his ability to stay low on offensive lineman can still use some work, this should be Jordan’s year to prove to NFL scouts that he can be a standout at any level.

Linebacker – Michael Clay

Michael Clay has emerged as one of the top defensive players for the Ducks. After finishing just behind John Boyett in tackles last season, Clay will be looking to make a statement on a much improved Oregon defense that will be one of the best in the Pac-12.

Here are his projected 2012 statistics:

  • Tackles: 99
  • Solo: 50
  • Assist: 49
  • Loss: 10
  • Sacks: 4
  • Interceptions: 4

Clay’s reduction in tackles will be more of a consequence of being surrounded by many improved players rather than him not playing as well as last year.

In fact, I expect Clay to be an even bigger force on the Oregon defense this season as he uses his ball-hawking mentality to stop opponents’ attacks, no matter where they try to push the ball.

Along with Clay, Kiko Alonso and Boseko Lokombo should make the Oregon line-backing corps one of the best in the nation.


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  • aseals

    I think most predictions are on the mark, but I think its very optimistic to project Barner to rush for over 2,000 yards AND Thomas over 1,000. I think (if Thomas is used primarily as a tailback) to break 1,000 yards, but with that Barner might reach 1,300 to 1,500 yards. If those rushing numbers prove to be true, the Ducks would have to average WELL above the 300 YPG they had last year.

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