2009 Oregon Football Team Preview

Aug. 23, 2009


    2009 Pac-10 Football Preview Series


    2008 Overall Record: 10-3
    2008 Pac-10 record/Finish: 7-2/T2nd

    Starters Returning/Lost: 10/14
    Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6
    Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 5/6
    Starting Kickers Returning/Lost: 0/2

    First Year of Football: 1876
    All-Time Record: 558-464-46
    All-Time Pac-10 Record: 255-301-20
    All-Time Bowl Record/Appearances: 9-13
    Last Bowl Appearance: 2008 (def. Oklahoma State in Holiday Bowl)

    (New Hampshire 1990)
    First Year at Oregon

    Record at Oregon: First season
    Overall Career Record: Same

    Coaching Experience
    Elevated to head coach, succeeding Mike Belotti ... served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Ducks for two season ... spent 12 years at his alma mater, New Hampshire, as the Running Backs coach, Offensive Line coach and Offensive Coordinator.

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    • Masoli Named to O'Brien Watch List
    • Blount, Dickson on Watch Lists
    • Tukuafu on Hendricks List
    • Thurmond on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
    • Tukuafu Added to Bednarik Award Watch List
    • Blount, Masoli Vie for Honors as Nation's Outstanding Collegiate Football Player
    • Masoli on Manning Award Watch List


    Oregon has a new head coach and the fewest number of starters returning in the league, but the Ducks don't figure to slow down much, if at all. The Oregon offense put up some scary-good numbers last year under offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, now the first-year head coach of the Ducks. Oregon led the Pac-10 in scoring offense (41.9 points per game with three games over 60) and total offense (484.8 yards per game). The Ducks also led the Pac-10 and ranked second in the nation in rushing offense at 280 yards per game as running backs Jeremiah Johnson (1,201) and LeGarrette Blount (1,002) each topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark. QB Jeremiah Masoli pitched in with 718 yards rushing to make the Ducks more than formidable running the ball. Johnson is gone, as are three starters on the offensive line, but Oregon still figures to be able to move the ball on the ground. Blount is back and he averaged 7.3 yards per carry and rushed for a school-record 17 TDs. Masoli had a breakout year as he rushed for 718 yards and 10 TDs while finishing third in the league in pass efficiency and throwing 13 TD passes. Also back is second-team All-Pac-10 TE Ed Dickson.

    DEFENSE: Oregon returns five starters on defense and has to replace some high-quality defensive stars. A particular concern is the defensive line where only DE Will Tukuafu returns for starting duty. And despite losing standouts Jairus Byrd and Patrick Chung in the secondary, that unit should be a strength with FS T.J. Ward and CB Walter Thurmond III leading the way.

    THE SCHEDULE: New head coach Chip Kelly has a tough opener with a road game at Boise State, but after that the Ducks play four in a row at raucous Autzen Stadium. California, USC and Oregon State all make the trip to Eugene.




    8 • Jeremiah Masoli
    JR • QB • 5-11 • 214

    83 • Ed Dickson
    SR • TE • 6-5 • 243

    6 • Walter Thurmond III
    SR • CB • 6-0 • 180

    9 • LeGarrette Blount
    SR • RB • 6-2 • 229

    39 • Will Tukuafu
    SR • DE • 6-4 • 272

    2009 SCHEDULE
    (7 home, 5 away)
    Sept. 3 at Boise State BSU leads, 1-0
    Sept. 12 Purdue Series tied, 1-1
    Sept. 19 Utah ORE leads, 17-8
    Sept. 26 California CAL leads, 39-30-2
    Oct. 3 Washington State ORE leads, 41-38-7
    Oct. 10 at UCLA UCLA leads, 39-23
    Oct. 24 at Washington WASH leads, 58-38-5
    Oct. 31 USC USC leads, 37-16-2
    Nov. 7 at Stanford STAN leads, 43-28-1
    Nov. 14 Arizona State ASU leads, 16-13
    Nov. 21 at Arizona ORE leads, 20-14
    Dec. 3 Oregon State ORE leads, 56-46-10
    2008 RESULTS
    (10-3, 7-2 Pac-10/T2nd)
    W, 44-10 Washington
    W, 66-24 Utah State
    W, 32-26 at Purdue (2OT)
    L, 32-37 Boise State
    W, 63-14 at Washington State
    L, 10-44 at USC
    W, 31-24 UCLA
    W, 54-20 at Arizona State
    L, 16-26 at California
    W, 35-28 Stanford
    W, 55-45 Arizona
    W, 65-38 Oregon State
    W, 42-31 vs. Oklahoma State (Holiday Bowl)
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