This week on the Oregon blog, we started our series breaking down the Ducks -- position-by-position. We started on the offensive side with the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.
Many experts are predicting Oregon to be among the nation's top three teams in the fall, and the experience and potential at some of these positions are some of the big reasons why. Obviously, Marcus Mariota is the offensive headliner, and he puts the quarterback unit in a very good spot for the fall. He has had a pretty quiet offseason (quiet offseasons are typically a very good thing) and the QB -- who threw for more than 3,500 yards in 2013 -- is eager to get back onto the field and show why he chose to come back for another season.
The running backs and tight ends are also strengths. At each of those positions, there's experience that will mature throughout the offseason. Oregon lost running back De'Anthony Thomas to the NFL draft but returns two other players who should provide an intriguing running back position battle over the next few months. And the tight end group returns its top three players from a year ago. The only position in question so far would be the wide receivers, who lost Bralon Addison to injury earlier this spring and will be relying on younger players to step up and make major contributions.
To get a more in-depth breakdown of each of these position groups, you can check them out here: