Ducks lose a running back

More than a few Oregon fans were curious how Ducks coach Chip Kelly would get enough touches for his talented stable of running backs to keep them happy. Well, one way is to have fewer hands wanting the ball.

Dontae Williams, a touted redshirt freshman from Houston, has been granted a release to transfer from Oregon, according to the school.

Williams and Lache Seastrunk, another touted redshirt freshman who apparently eclipsed Williams in the pecking order in 2010, were expected to compete for carries behind juniors LaMichael James and backup Kenjon Barner. The Ducks also signed two highly rated running backs in the 2011 recruiting class: De'Anthony Thomas and Tra Carson.

So now Kelly will have five sets of hands who want the ball instead of six.