2013 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Kenjon Barner-RB, Ryan Clanton-OG, Nick Cody-OG, Rob Beard-K
DEFENSE: Isaac Remington-DT, Dion Jordan-DE, Michael Clay-LB, Kiko Alonso-LB, Jackson Rice-P
QB Marcus Mariota
Quarterback / Receiver

To run this innovative Chip Kelly offensive attack the quarterback must be qualified to make quick decisions to match his quick feet. Marcus Mariota might be the best man ever to fill this spot in the Kelly-Eugene era. Watch out for this offense next season! Upwards of 10 receivers that caught passes are back in the fold. In fact every receiver is back.

Defensive Front

The Ducks have made great progress being aggressive and sturdy with their defensive front seven. But 2013 will be a reloading effort to a large degree. The defensive front lost three All-Conference selections in Jordan, Alonso and Clay.

CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2013 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Marcus Mariota-So Bryan Bennett-Jr
RB De'Anthony Thomas-Jr Byron Marshall-So / Ayele Forde-Jr
WR Keanon Lowe-Jr Dwayne Stanford-So / B.J. Kelley-So
WR Josh Huff-Sr Eric Dungy-Jr
WR Daryle Hawkins-Sr Bralon Addison-So
TE Colt Lyerla-Jr Pharaoh Brown-So
OT Tyler Johnstone-So ..
OG .. ..
C Hroniss Grasu-Jr ..
OG Mana Greig-Sr ..
OT Jake Fisher-Jr Everett Benyard-Sr
K Alejandro Maldonado-Sr ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Taylor Hart-Sr DeForest Buckner-So
DT Wade Keliikipi-Sr Alex Balducci-So
DT Arik Armstead-So Ricky Heimuli-Sr
DE Tony Washington-Jr ..
SLB Boseko Lokombo-Sr ..
MLB Tyson Coleman-So Rahim Cassell-So
WLB Derrick Malone-Jr ..
CB Terrance Mitchell-Jr Dior Mathis-Jr
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu-Jr Troy Hill-Jr
SS Brian Jackson-Sr James Scales-Jr
FS Avery Patterson-Sr Erick Dargan-Jr
P .. ..


  • The Ducks averaged 323 yards per game on the ground (3rd nationally) in 2012. All eyes will be on the running back spot to see if De'Anthony Thomas can go as a fulltime replacement for the departed All-American Kenjon Barner. Thomas for certain has the skills both at carrying the pigskin and catching it. He leads the team with 41 catches. He will have to more carrying it now unless others step up.
  • With eight starters back, the nation's fourth ranked offense will be better in 2013. This is a nightmare scenario for opposing defensive coordinators.
  • Not many people realized that freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota set the Pac 12 record for touchdown passes in a season with 30 because the Ducks do most of their damage via the ground game. This type of balance and experience makes the Ducks a favorite to run the table.
  • The Duck's secondary has suffered through a rash of injuries including the safety spot where All-American John Boyett and his backup Avery Patterson were lost for the year with knee injuries. Despite this Oregon lead the nation with 24 interceptions. Injuries aside, this unit has a chance to be special once again led by dominating pass defender Ekpre-Olomu.
  • Help wanted - will a quality kicker and punter report for duty this spring? Or just keep scoring touchdowns.



Aug. 31 - Nicholls State
Sept. 7 - at Nevada
Sept. 14 - Tennessee
TBA - California
TBA - Oregon State
TBA - Utah
TBA - Washington State
TBA - at Arizona
TBA - at Colorado
TBA - at Stanford
TBA - at Washington