Oregon’s Top Five Breakout Players for 2013

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Welcome back my feathered friends!

With the heat rising to 116+ for almost all of last week in my city in the desert, I have been inside.  Enjoying the nice cool breeze from my air conditioner, peering out the smallest crack of the blinds to watch the sweaty people go about their days, and tearing my hair out deciding who will be my top five breakout players for 2013.  In case you missed my 6-10 list, you can read it here.

Some of you were right about a few names in the comment section on my other article, but one or two of my picks might surprise you.  In my opinion, the following players will have the top breakout performances for the 2013 season.

5. Arik Armstead

Arik Armstead is very big

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Arik Armstead is very big

While Armstead didn’t have the best season last year, he still ended with 26 total tackles and two tackles for loss.  Keep in mind he was the number one offensive lineman coming out of high school.  While he did play some D in high school, it was not enough to fully prepare him for how college would feel.

When I first watched him play, it seemed like he wasn’t aggressive enough; like he needed to be angrier.  Over the course of the season I noticed him gaining a little intensity.  Going after the tackle with more passion, starting to look like he didn’t mind hurting a few people.  With a year under his belt, his natural athleticism/size, and more confidence to mix it up. The sky is the limit.

4. Tyson Coleman

It was hard for me not to put Coleman higher up on my list.  I personally believe that he is going to be the linebacker that steps up big with the absence of Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso.  He finished last season with 34 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss, two pass deflections, and 1.5 sacks.  At 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, he is an athletic and very smart football player.  I expect huge things out of Coleman this season, and I hope I am right.

Will Marshall be the next 1,000 yard rusher

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Will Marshall be the next 1,000 yard rusher

3. Byron Marshall

While Marshall was No. 1 on my 2013 Ten Most Important Players, he’s number three on this list.  Marshall shows all of the ability to become the next starter for Oregon at running back.  He finished last season carrying the ball 87 times for 447 yards and four touchdowns.  Also, what a great opportunity it was for Marshall to have a player like Kenjon Barner to watch and learn from.  I expect Marshall to break the 1,000 yard barrier this season.

Colt Lyerla

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Colt Lyerla

2. Colt Lyerla

Coming in next on my list is Bane … er, I mean Colt Lyerla.  Anyone who has seen Lyerla’s size and how he can move knows what a beast this kid is.  He put up 392 yards and six touchdowns on just 25 receptions.  He also added 77 yards plus a touchdown on the ground and four tackles.  Maybe I am just in lala land on this one because I have so much hope.  I firmly believe that this is the year they unleash the beast and let Lyerla run rampant on opposing defensive players.  At least I hope!

1. Bralon Addison

The player that I think will have the biggest breakout for the 2013 season is Addison.  Last season as a freshman, he caught 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns.  He also added 64 return yards and 3 tackles.  I know what he is capable of, but after watching the spring game, he looks like he might be Marcus Mariota’s new favorite target.

Number one on my list, Bralon Addison

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Number one on my list, Bralon Addison

Granted it was a glorified scrimmage, but Addison still pulled down seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown.  The way Oregon likes to use players in all aspects of the offense, coupled with the skills and now experience he has, I see Addison have biggest breakout of any Duck player for the 2013 season.

 

Honorable Mention

Josh Huff, Pharaoh Brown, Andre Yruretagoyena.

Now that my list is done, I would love to hear from the readers who they think I left off or who shouldn’t have been on this list.  Who would your top five be?

 

Feature image courtesy of Kevin Cline Photography

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Sam Arney

Sam Arney

Sam was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon and he has been a die hard Duck fan his entire life. Sam studied at the University of Oregon before moving to San Diego for 5 years. After moving back to Oregon, Sam decided to follow his passion for writing and started writing for various sports sites. To him, nothing is better than being in Autzen Stadium with 59,000 fans screaming their heads off!

  • hoboduck

    Wow, a couple of curve balls there Sam. However, upon further reflection, I believe you have made choices no one could argue with.

    Addison is absolutely my #1 pick and I must say I had him early. I also got ahead of myself, and your article, by picking BM and commenting on the prior thread. He will excel this year.

    It is so hard to select someone knowing all along you are going to leave someone out. To me, that is unacceptable.

    Therefore, since you have posted honorable mentions I will do the same by selecting Our Beloved Ducks as having a breakout year. I know, what cop-out, but I think so many players are going to step it up this year.

    Great read and a lot of fun.
    Tks. Sam
    Go Ducks

    • Sam Arney

      Haha, I hope you are right about the Ducks having a break out year!! National Championship here we come…PLEASE!!

  • Chris Andres

    What do you think of Chance Allen’s potential this year?

    • Sam Arney

      Allen has great size! It would be nice to have a young WR step up. It seems the trend for awhile at Oregon for WR’s, is that they don’t have breakout seasons until they are almost done with their eligibility. I would love for that to change. If Allen get’s a good grasp of the offense and builds report with Mariota, he has the ability to be great.

      • Sam Arney

        Rapport, stupid auto-correct.

  • David Anderson

    marshall will get the most productivity!

  • D Ninja

    D’Anthony Thomas simply cannot be left off this list. It will likely be his last year at Oregon and I expect him to be completely explosive.