Oregon Ducks Football Season Preview History
2014 Oregon Football Preview:
There are few places in the country where you can win 11 games, and still feel like you had a disappointing season, Oregon happens to be one of them. The Ducks started off the Mark Helfrich era with the same offensive barrage that has defined the program for the last half decade. But another loss to Stanford and a surprise upset at Arizona left the Ducks out of the national championship conversation. Oregon lost key offensive weapons De’Anthony Thomas, and Josh Huff to the NFL draft, but have never taken long to reload. With Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota leading the way, anything short of a trip to the college football playoffs will be a disappointment. An early matchup against a strong Michigan State team will be crucial to the Ducks chances and PAC-12 road games against UCLA and Oregon State are must wins if the boys from Eugene have any chance of making it to Dallas.
2013 Oregon Football Preview:
Under new head coach Mark Helfrich, the Oregon Ducks look to continue to build off the success that previous head coach Chip Kelly started. The Ducks have elevated themselves to elite program status after four straight BCS appearances and conference championships in three of the last four years. With Helfrich previously serving as the offensive coordinator and the return of quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Ducks will once again be one of the top offenses in college football.
Along with the return of Mariota, running backs De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall will be relied on heavily in Oregon’s offense and the Ducks quest to capture the Pac-12 title after a year absence. Oregon’s home schedule is highlighted with exciting matchups against UCLA and state-rival Oregon State.
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.