'Plug and play' works because of recruiting 

August, 27, 2012
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During the past couple of decades, the Oregon Ducks have had their share of outstanding talent as they began to emerge as a powerful program. But inconsistency of the Ducks recruiting led to some down seasons. Under Chip Kelly, Oregon has had steadier success.

The Ducks try to recruit versatile athletes at every position, and seek players who love the Oregon system of being capable of playing multiple positions.

In the Ducks' 2011 recruiting class, Kelly signed four of the top players in the country that were deemed "athletes" without a set position. Two of them made a significant impact in their first seasons. De'Anthony Thomas was the top-ranked athlete in the class and his impact was as good as any freshman in school history. Thomas was the only player in the country that season to amass 400 yards rushing, receiving and returning kicks.
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