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While you were on vacation ... Oregon

7/27/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The fourth of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on.

Oregon in a sentence

  • The return of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and running back LeGarrette Blount after a dominant Holiday Bowl performance against Oklahoma State have the Ducks in the top half of most preseason rankings, overshadowing questions on both lines as well as receiver.

The big issue

  • The Ducks rolled up 42 points and 485 yards per game in 2008 in large part because of an outstanding offensive line. Three starters are gone -- two whom were drafted -- so rebuilding this unit will be the critical concern in preseason camp.

Quick hit news

  • Four potential starters/key contributors transferred in offseason: defensive tackle Tonio Celotto (Nevada), receiver Aaron Pflugrad (Arizona State), quarterback Justin Roper (Montana) and receiver Chris Harper (Kansas State).

  • New head coach Chip Kelly hired Mark Helfrich, a Medford, Ore., native, away from Colorado to coordinate the offense. Kelly, the offensive coordinator under former coach Mike Bellotti, will still call plays.

  • Oregon signee Cliff Harris, an ESPNU 150 cornerback out of Fresno, pleaded no contest last week to obstructing a police officer in the line of duty -- a misdemeanor -- and was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $300, according to the Fresno Bee, which won't prevent him from playing for the Ducks this season.