Oregon Looks To Defend Title Eugene, OR- Coach T-Dawg Jenkins led Oregon to the first national title in school history last season, and has the Ducks postioned to potentially make another run this season. It will come down to how well the Ducks can replace the departed upperclassmen. Marcus Mariota led the Ducks offense for the past few seasons, and did it admirably. He finished second in the Heisman ballotting last season, and this offseason he turned the keys over to a former JUCO All-American named Blake Williams. Williams was supposed to redshirt last season, but the coaches didn't file his, nor any other players paperwork in time, and so he missed the opportunity to redshirt last season. He did come up huge in a few games last season; one where Mariota got injured early and the Ducks staff used Williams running ability to pull out a tough win over Stanford, and again in the National Title Game against Maryland. Williams is exceptionally fast, and he combines that with a strong (if erratic) arm. He should be a huge weapon on option runs and keep the defense from keying on Thomas Tyner too much. Thomas Tyner had an excellent statistical season last year, and didn't really become the focal point of the offense until midway through the year. Tyner ran for 1526 yards and 19 TD's and returns this season as the main weapon on the offensive side of the ball. He's got excellent size at 5'11" and 220 pounds and men his size shouldn't be able to move as fluidly or as fast as he does. He has the chance to top last season's excellent season and lead the Ducks offense all year long. Redshirt freshman Royce Freeman will be his immediate backup, but shouldn't get too much work unless it's garbage time or Tyner gets hurt. On the outside the Ducks will be led by redshirt junior Devon Allen. Allen is the epitome of a speed receiver, but he also has dependable hands and the desire to go across the middle. Oregon likes to get the ball in his hands in lots of different ways and see if his speed can break the play open. Allen will return kicks again this season. He averaged 30.3 per return last season with 2 scores, including a huge score in the National Title game. Dwayne Stanford, Ronnie Martin, and Darren Carrington will round out the top 4 on the outside for the Ducks. Torrodney Prevot is back to lead the Oregon defense for one final season as it's senior capitan. Prevot has improved by leaps and bounds since he was a true sophomore leading the defense 2 seasons ago. He makes the calls for the whole defense now, and is the unquestioned leader of the front seven. Reggie Daniels will take on that role for the back four and the senior safety is fiery enough to make the other 3 starters fight for him. The defense will be the weak link for the Ducks this season, which should scare some Duck fans as they were one of the worst defenses in the country last season. In fact the Ducks had the worst defense to win a national championship. Ever. Oregon faces some serious question marks in their bid to repeat, but if the defense improves; even just marginally, and Blake Williams is good enough in the passing game to spread out opposing defenses the Ducks could be very good once again. This season Coach Jenkins will earn that big money extension the Oregon brass handed down in the summer if Oregon can win 10 or more games.