Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Lack of impact freshmen at Oregon
By Brent Sobleski
Oregon finished with the 26th best recruiting class according to ESPN RecruitingNation. The Ducks never built elite recruiting classes under previous head coach Chip Kelly, but the team was still able to obtain impact freshmen. The impact from the year's freshmen could prove nominal.
"I would be surprised if any of the incoming freshman other than (Thomas) Tyner and (Matt) Wogan have much of an impact beyond spot moments here and there like Addison last season," Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian wrote.
Tyner is expected to receive some time behind De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall at running back. If Oregon decides to eventually use Thomas more at "tazer" than tailback, Tyner could see expanded repetitions -- but that isn't expected at this time.
Wogan is a special case, because he's a kicker. Wogan, at the very least, is expected to handle kickoff duties this season for the Ducks. He could potentially punt as well.
Oregon is now talented enough throughout the roster to consider redshirt seasons for the rest of the class.