When the Oregon Ducks reconvene in early August for fall football camp, the expectations will be as high for the Duck defense as they are for the offense. The Ducks return 8 starters from the 2011 Rose Bowl Championship team and no one is more encouraged or excited than senior defensive end Dion Jordan.
After Saturday’s annual spring game, Jordan not only praised his “Fighting Ducks” dark defensive squad, but the opposing “Mighty Oregon” team as well. “We can be as great as we’ve been in the previous years” said Jordan in his post game comments. “We have to be real stout and stop the run,..create pressure on the quarterbacks so we can help out the back end.”
He may have only carried the ball 3 times for just 23 yards in Saturday’s spring football game, but RB / receiver De’Anthony Thomas is certainly expected to carry most of the offensive load when the Ducks begin the 2012 season against Arkansas State this fall.
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.