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Spring position breakdowns: TE

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Our look at position groups in the Pac-12 continues.

Arizona: Terrence Miller was listed on the team's depth chart as a tight end, but he wasn't a traditional tight end. After catching 40 passes for 467 yards in 2013, he's out of eligibility. Former quarterback Josh Kern backed up Miller and is one of four tight ends listed on the roster.

Arizona State: Chris Coyle (29 catches, 423 yards, 4 TD) is a big loss for the Sun Devils and his primary backup, Darwin Rogers, also is out of eligibility. De'Marieya Nelson and Marcus Washington are the most experienced of the four tight ends on the roster, which will grow by one with the addition of recent signee Brendan Landman. Landman is expected to redshirt after playing left tackle during his senior year in high school.

California: There is no tight end position in Cal's offense, which was a factor in Richard Rodgers' early jump to the NFL. Rodgers was switched from tight end to wide receiver last season upon coach Sonny Dykes' arrival.

Colorado: Senior Kyle Slavin is atop the depth chart after catching nine passes in 2013. Sean Irwin played minimally as a freshman, but his role is set to increase. Three other tight ends are on the roster, including Connor Center, who did not play football in high school.

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesOregon's Pharoah Brown made 10 catches, two for touchdowns, in 2013.
Oregon: The Ducks have a trio of players who gained significant experience in 2013 in Pharaoh Brown, Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis. Brown started five games, Mundt had a 121-yard receiving game and Baylis started in the Civil War game against Oregon State. Koa Ka'ai and Davaysia Hagger will provide depth, but they don't appear on track to make much of an impact on the depth chart.

Oregon State: With Connor Hamlett and Caleb Smith both returning, the Beavers arguably have the best tight end tandem in the conference. Hamlett had 40 catches for 364 yards and Smith added 25 for 343 yards. Kellen Clute (19 catches, 159 yards) also contributed to the passing game and Tyler Perry, who will be a fifth-year senior, is an important run-blocker.

Stanford: A one-time strength of the Cardinal, tight ends weren't a significant factor in Stanford's offense in 2013, but the staff is hopeful that an influx of new players will change that. Stanford signed No. 1-ranked TE-Y Dalton Schultz, and he'll compete for playing time immediately. Greg Taboada, Eric Cotton and Austin Hooper -- all well-regarded tight end recruits -- are coming off redshirts and will compete with Charlie Hopkins, who started three games last season.

UCLA: There is no traditional tight end at UCLA, but Y receiver Thomas Duarte, who was recruited as a tight end, is coming off an exceptional freshman season. The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Orange County native appeared in all 13 games and tied a school freshman record with three touchdown receptions.

USC: Losing Xavier Grimble early to the NFL is a blow and just two other scholarship tight ends remain from last season: Randall Telfer and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick. One of the nation's top tight ends, Bryce Dixon, signed with USC, but he wasn't among the group of four early enrollees.

Utah: The Utes were the only school in the country to send two tight ends -- Jake Murphy and Anthony Denham -- to the NFL combine, though Utah listed Denham at receiver. Siale Fakailoatonga, a former walk-on, was Murphy's primary backup on the final depth chart, and he caught two passes for 18 yards in 2013. Harrison Handley redshirted last season after enrolling early last spring and is a candidate to compete for playing time.

Washington: John Mackey Award winner Austin Seferian-Jenkins' departure for the NFL was expected, and how the Huskies replace him will be an interesting process. Clearly, there's not a one-man solution for what they'll lose with Seferian-Jenkins, but the combination that the returning players provide is a nice mix of different talents. Michael Hartvigson and Josh Perkins have the most experience at tight end, but they should receive a push from Darrell Daniels and David Ajamu. Daniels, a highly-regarded receiver recruit who switched to tight end, was a special-teams standout in 2013 as a freshman, while Ajamu redshirted.

Washington State: Washington State didn't list any tight ends on the roster last season, but early enrollee Nick Begg will start his career listed there. The long-term plan for Begg is likely elsewhere.

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The Oregon Ducks will be looking to sign two running backs in the Class of 2014, and they have a number of options early in the process as the running backs class is talented and deep. Oregon will need to bring in a couple of playmakers, as De'Anthony Thomas could depart for the NFL after the 2013 season.

Below are some of the names to keep an eye on throughout the spring and summer as the Ducks begin to evaluate and offer more of their top targets at the position.

Ducks' recruiting works itself out 

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Josh HuffScott Olmos/US PresswireWashington may be winning some recruiting battles, but the Huskies have a long way to go to catch up to the Ducks on the field.
The rivalry between Oregon and Washington seems to be slowly fading away as it has become an annual blowout for the Ducks. With their ninth straight win -- all of which have been by 17 points or more -- the Ducks have established their dominance over the Huskies.

The Huskies have come a long way since their 0-12 season in 2008 and their recruiting under the new staff is a big reason for it. With a solid recruiting class in the works so far this year, another blowout loss to Oregon doesn't mean their commits will begin to look elsewhere.

"Another loss [to Oregon] doesn't really have any effect on my recruitment, but nine in a row does make me think a little bit," said John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan), an athlete looking at both programs. "It comes down to where I fit the best."

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Oregon-UW Recruiting Q&A: Part 2 

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De'Anthony ThomasSteve Conner/Icon SMIWashington hopes to catch up to Oregon on the field with its success on the recruiting trail.
Oregon-Washington is one of the more underappreciated and heated rivalries in the country lies in the Pacific Northwest. For decades, it was all Washington. But since 1994, the Ducks are 14-4, including nine straight wins in the series.

Despite Oregon's 52-21 triumph over Saturday night, things are starting to turn around in Seattle. Steve Sarkisian and his staff have the Huskies on the right track on the field and in recruiting.

Anyone up for a little border-war Q&A?

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