Monday, March 28, 2011

Choose Your Poison: Every Choice is Wrong

Ted Miller names his best "3-headed monsters" on offense and defense but the Duck monsters are hydra-headed.

Miller rates Stanford's offensive trio of quarterback Andrew Luck, running back Stepfan Taylor and wide receiver Chris Owusu as the top returning offensive trio in the conference.  Arizona State's DE Junior Onyeali, LB Vontaze Burfict, CB Omar Bolden are his top-rated defensive foundation.

The thing about Oregon is, they don't rely on one guy or a couple guys.   They won their second straight PAC-10 title and a trip to the national championship last year without a single player who's expected to be drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.  Casey Matthews led the defense with 79 tackles, but the Ducks had 3 other players in the 70's, and Eddie Pleasant with 65 right behind them.

Offensively, Oregon gets tremendous production from Doak Walker Award winner LaMichael James, soon to be Oregon's all-time rushing leader, but there are five other players who are threats to break a big play, and an athletic offensive line that goes ten deep.

Facing the Ducks, you can't defend or neutralize just one guy.  They have versatility and athleticism throughout the roster, a true team with multiple weapons on both sides of the ball.

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