Arrest starts Ducks' offseason badly

Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso, the favorite to replace the departed Casey Matthews in the middle of the Ducks' defense, was arrested Sunday and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass in Lane County, according to local reports.

Alonso had played well this spring -- the Ducks' spring practices concluded Saturday -- but this doesn't figure to help his standing, particularly considering he was suspended for the 2010 season after a DUI arrest. That arrest, you might recall, came just a day after coach Chip Kelly met with reporters to talk about the run of recent off-field trouble his team was having.

Alonso, a junior from Los Gatos, Calif., ended up blowing out his knee last spring, so he wouldn't have been available in 2010 in any event.

As for the Ducks' options at middle linebacker, here's what Rob Moseley wrote in the Eugene Register-Guard.

Senior Dewitt Stuckey entered the spring atop the depth chart at middle linebacker, but Alonso pushed him early in April and then took over full-time with the first-string after Stuckey suffered a concussion in a scrimmage. They are the only scholarship middle linebackers currently on the roster, though the Ducks signed a talented group of recruits at the position in February, including four-star middle linebacker Anthony Wallace of Dallas, Texas.