Oregon Blowouts: PT Now = Experience Going Forward for the Newbs

Chance Allen is part of Oregon's future

Kevin Cline

As the Ducks came back out to start the second half last week against Cal, there were considerably fewer fans in the seats than when the game began.  It was the first game of the school year, and the student section was nearly empty.  There were noticeable pockets of vacant seats visible on the TV broadcast.

Which brings me to my point.

Jake Rodrigues

Steve Francis

Jake Rodrigues

We know the Ducks will lose a considerable number of players to the NFL draft after the season.  Blowout games, then, allow the next wave of Duck starters to begin their tailoring for next year’s jobs — so –  you may be missing the birth of a new Duck star if you attend the games and leave early.

Freshmen such as offensive tackle Cameron Hunt, running back Thomas Tyner and Tyrell Robinson, are getting a heavy dose of college action early, and it will contribute to their fast-tracking into veteran leadership by the end of the season.  Other intriguing players such as safety Reggie Daniels, quarterbacks Jeff Lockie and Jake Rodrigues and receiver Chance Allen, are giving fans a look at what the future of Oregon football holds.

Mundt leaves defenders in his wake

Craig Strobeck

Johnny Mundt leaves defenders in his wake.

Of equal benefit, should any starters for the Ducks get hurt and miss a considerable length of time, there will be seasoned athletes ready to step in and play without any drop in expectations.

Oregon lost safety Avery Patterson last year to a leg injury and tight end Pharoah Brown missed the first three games of this season to a leg injury, as well, so expectations of every starter playing all season are lofty, at best.

It may not be pretty, and it may get frustrating watching the 3rd-teams guys run the IZR play after play and going for minimal gains, but it makes the team better now and for the future.

 

 

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber