Once again, the Oregon Ducks have attracted the attention of world football. Last season, they looked like a playoff caliber team after an accident in the state of Ohio. But they lost strength as the games progressed until Mario Cristobal left for Miami.
Now in 2022 the question arises: Can Dan Lanning keep the momentum?
On Monday, Sporting News football writer Bill Bender released his top 25 portals for the deadline after the transfer. The Ducks finished 9th behind Utah Utes (10-4) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-2).
Here’s what Bender said about Ducks.
What has changed? Georgia defense coordinator Dan Lanning took over as head coach, and quarterback Auburn Bo Nix moved to Oregon. Security in Colorado Christian Gonzalez was among the other gains from the transfer portal. The Ducks have lost lead assault Travis Dye to the USC.
low: The quarterback battle between Nix and Tya Thompson is still unresolved. Byron Cardwell enters the lead role in the backfield and a young group of recipients that includes Troy Franklin and Seven McGee. The defense brings back Noah Sewell and Justin Flowe, a pair of potential first-round players. The opening in Georgia will say.
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Oregon Ducks CB Christian Gonzalez
Corner Christian Gonzalez goes through a warm-up during spring training.
Oregon Ducks RB Byron Cardwell
Running back Byron Cardwell runs for a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes.
Oregon Ducks Quarterback Ty Thompson
Ty Thompson during the Oregon Ducks’ spring training at Eugene.
Lanning has done a solid job addressing the needs on the Oregon list. He should have brought in a quarterback veteran, if not to at least step up the list and add experience in a completely unproven and young room.
It also boosted Oregon depth on a wide receiver Chase Cota and an internal defensive line with names like Sam Taimani, Jordon Riley and Casey Rogers. The corner is still very thin, but Christian Gonzalez designs as a plug-and-play caliber player in Lanning’s defense.
Only time will tell what this team will look like after coming out on the field on September 3 against national title defender Georgia Bulldogs, but the quarterback remains a significant question mark until we see how Nix, if he gets the job, will play against another team under new offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham .
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