Oregon head coach Chip Kelly emphasized again on Saturday afternoon in his post spring game comments that completing a depth chart for the fall wasn’t in his immediate plans. In fact, Kelly said he and his coaching staff won’t even begin considering a depth chart until a week before the Ducks first game on September 1st.
Nearly 24 hours after Oregon’s annual spring football game, the fans and media members are left to wonder what’s ahead for this 2012 edition of the Duck football team. Was Saturday’s game an accurate representation of what lies ahead. Not likely simply because Oregon’s squad as a whole was sectioned off into two teams through a coaching draft process with what seemed to be an imbalance of talent.
Watch Kelly’s complete post game press conference above.
Texarkana, Texas is certainly swelling with pride on this Friday evening. Texas sized pride as one of their own, LaMichael James, is headed to the San Francisco 49′ers as the 61st pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
James was projected anywhere from the early 2nd round to the 3rd round of this years draft by many experts. With only one selection remaining in the 2nd round, James was taken by 49′er head coach Jim Harbaugh to add speed to his backfield, slot and return game.
Of course, Harbaugh is well acquainted with James and his speed and athletic ability when he coached against James and the Ducks while at Stanford. In 2010 when Harbaugh was still coaching at Stanford, James won the Doak Walker Award and was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy Award. That same year, James led the nation with an average 144 yards per game and totaled 1,731 with 24 touchdowns.
NFL analyst Mike Mayock was extremely complimentary of James and what he adds to the 49ers. “This guy gives them the rare ability to hit a homerun anywhere in the park.” James joins Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins as a member of the 2012 San Francisco 49ers.