Thursday, February 3, 2011


You've heard that expression about certain locales being nice "this time of year". Well I've spent many a winter in the greater Miami area and it's true. I believe what took place on Letter of Intent Signing Day 2011 gives the Ducks a shot at returning to the Natty. I'm thinking next season is a huge reach because they simply lost too much. O'line, linebackers, those amazingly versatile receivers and D'line. Huge departures. They can certainly contend for the 1st Pac 12 title, but running the table again, especially with that opener against LSU in Dallas??? But by opening day for the 2012 season, those replacing the experienced seniors will have lot's of valuable time under their belts and this roster will be loaded and primed for a run to the Orange Bowl. Even if LeMichael James goes to the NFL, I'd imagine Lache Seastrunk, Donte Williams, or the big late LOI Day score, Deanthony Thomas will continue the massive productivity running it. Oh yeah, there is also Tra Carson who broke all of LMJ's records at the same high school. Darron Thomas will be a senior as will Kenyon Barner. The line will be anchored by a pair of seniors in Carson York and Nick Cody. How about a linebacking corps of Bo Lokombo, Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso who will also be seniors. If he doesn't bolt early Cliff Harris will be a senior as will stud safety John Boyett along with another solid contributor in the defensive backfield, Scott Grady. Both kickers, Jackson Rice and Rob Beard are also in that class. These are only the guys who played during this run to Glendale as sophomores. Let's expand the net to include the freshman and redshirts who also spent serious on field time during 2010. Josh Huff at wide out. Taylor Hart and Ricky Heimuli on the D-line and oh I forgot, Dion Jordan up front will also be a senior. In one of those subtle but critical areas, Drew Howell, the long snapper was just a freshman this year. The best part of all this. We haven't accounted for one member of the class of 2010 or 2011 who has yet to impact this program. Right now it's 80 degrees and sunny in Miami. Pretty bright at the Cas Center as well.

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