Oregon Ducks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Oregon Ducks 2016 Preview
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The Oregon Ducks have been the team to beat in the Pac-12 for quite some time but took a bit of a hit last season with a 9-4 record. Mark Helfrich and his staff hope to have the Ducks flying high again.
Here is your 2016 Oregon Ducks college football preview.
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Offense: Oregon’s offense has one of the top running backs in the country in Royce Freeman, who rushed for 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns. Freeman is a workhorse who adds physicality to the Ducks offense. Oregon also has its usually playmakers on the outside in receivers Charles Nelson, Darren Carrington and healthy tight end Pharaoh Brown. The concerns with Oregon offensively is at the quarterback position with the Ducks starting the year with another new single caller. This time it’ll be Montana State transfer Dakota Prukop, who is a big time threat with his legs but still has some room to prove himself as a passer in this offense.
Defense: Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke takes over Oregon’s defense and wants an aggressive unit that attacks every play. While the Ducks secondary had its struggles last season, there is experience with this group in Tyree Robinson, Arrion Springs and Malik Lovette. Improvement should be made in the back end of the defense with all that experience. Up front, Oregon will rely heavily on players such as Henry Mondeaux, T.J. Daniel and Torrodney Prevot. Oregon loses its top-three players in tackles for loss last season, but there’s enough athleticism here to replace guys such as DeForest Buckner and Tyson Coleman. It’s going to be interesting to see how quickly the Ducks can adjust to their new scheme.
Special Teams: Ian Wheeler returns at punter after averaging 39.8 yards on 50 attempts. Aidan Schneider returns at kicker after making 22 of 24 field goals and all 67 extra points.
Outlook: Oregon has top tier talent to once again be a threat in the Pac-12. It also helps having one of the top running backs in all of college football. However, replacing a quarterback back-to-back seasons is never easy and having a whole new defensive scheme may take time to adjust. This may be a rebuilding year for the Ducks, but that doesn’t mean nine or 10 wins can’t come from it either. Nothing would surprise me with the Ducks this season.
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- Saturday Oct. 1 Washington State Cougars Away
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- Saturday Oct. 15 Bye
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- Saturday Nov. 19 Utah Utes Away
- Saturday Nov. 26 Oregon State Beavers Away
- Friday Dec. 2 Pac-12 Championship