This week on the Oregon blog, the Ducks' position-by-position review continued. This week, we examined the offensive and defensive lines, as well as the drop end and the strong side linebackers.
These positions were a mixed bag when discussing what the Ducks will be able to expect in 2014. Oregon returns all five OL starters and Tony Washington at drop end. The experience of these groups is going to be extremely evident this fall. The offensive line put on more than 100 pounds of weight and should be able to protect Marcus Mariota better than it did last season, while Washington -- the team’s leader in tackles for a loss and sacks in 2013 -- is looking to have an even bigger season for Oregon in his redshirt senior year.
The other two positions, on the other hand, are the exact opposite. The Ducks lost their top three defensive linemen from a season ago, as well as starting strongside linebacker Boseko Lokombo. With how much Oregon struggled against the run in 2013, this inexperience at such key positions would probably be something to get nervous about, but all four of these positions actually looked pretty good in the Ducks’ spring game.
For a more in-depth breakdown, check out the reviews here: