Oregon Ducks Football Season Preview History
2011 Oregon Football Preview:
With a 2010 putting up stats as gaudy as their uniforms, the Oregon Ducks enter 2011 with a collective chip on its wing-emblemized shoulder. After losing to the Auburn Tigers in last year’s title game by a last-second field goal, the Ducks and head coach Chip Kelly are now ready to finish what they’ve tried and failed to do the last two seasons—finally finish on top.
First they have to get through the newly configured Pac-12, which they won for the past two years in a row when it was the Pac-10. They’ll be in the North division, along with Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State. However, with junior quarterback Darron Thomas—who directed the nation’s top offense—and junior running back LaMichael James—a Heisman Finalist in 2010 after leading the country in rushing—returning, it’s going to be hard for any program in the Pac-12 (other than the newly inducted Utah) to compete for the title.
Losing a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball after a near-title season would cripple most teams. Not Oregon, who often swapped players in each unit, including nine in the defensive line alone. Junior cornerback Cliff Harris is looking to continue his ball-hawking ways after leading the Pac-10 in interceptions with six in 2010. Up front, senior end Terrell Turner will anchor a young line that will look to match its offensive counterpart in dominating the competition.
2010 Oregon Football Preview:
In his first year as head coach of the Oregon Ducks football team last season, Chip Kelly led the team to a 10-3 record, a Pac-10 conference championship and a berth in the 2010 Rose Bowl. While the Ducks lost their bowl game to the Ohio State Buckeyes, there's no reason to believe that they can't finish on top in the upcoming season.
Quarterback Nate Costa will need to step in to replace last year's QB, Jeremiah Masoli, but will enter with an impressive cast of surrounding players. Running back LaMichael James ran for 1,546 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, and enters the 2010 season as a potential All-American. On the defensive side, the Ducks will look for a major contribution from senior linebacker Casey Matthews, who logged 81 tackles, three sacks and one interception in 2009 to help Oregon's defense to a number one ranking against conference rivals.
Oregon starts its season with rather easy games against New Mexico, Tennessee and Portland State, but the year ends with the traditional Civil War game against Oregon State - one of the oldest rivalries in college football.
2009 Oregon Football Preview:
Head Coach: Chip Kelly
The Oregon Ducks come into 2009 with sky high expectations and a new leader. Beloved Ducks Coach Mike Bellotti has retired, he is replaced by his handpicked replacement Chip Kelly. The smooth transition from Bellotti to Kelly should insure Oregon doesn't miss a beat on the field, because all of the players already know Kelly. Kelly's job in 2009 will be to mold a very talented Ducks team into a National Title contender; many of the these pieces are in place to make a run at it. If Oregon gets past USC and wins the Pac-10 they just might find themselves playing in the Rose Bowl for a crystal ball.
2008 Oregon Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Bellotti
Head Coach Mike Bellotti has got his Ducks all in a row for 2008. Bellotti was named to the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coach of the Year award in 2007, and not just for twiddling his thumbs. Last year, the team reached as high as #2 in the national rankings before their season slowly declined to injuries. With hopeful standouts Jeremiah Johnson (RB) and Jaison Williams (WR) returning to the team this season, the 2008 Oregon Ducks are ready to best last year's record of 9-4, and are looking for another postseason appearance.
The Ducks will have pressure to strike early with defense this season, to give their offense the footing it needs to play solid all year long. Regardless of who's returning, this program is going to perform under Bellotti, and Oregon fans will be cheering louder than ever this season. Be sure to catch the season closer versus Oregon State, as Oregon looks to avenge last year's loss that cut their streak in the rivalry.