A year after the Tennessee Titans went 2-14, fans see the addition of former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota as a game-changer.
No. 2 overall draft pick Marcus Mariota participated in the first practice of Titans training camp Friday, and GoDucks.com was on the scene.
The Ducks have to replace two NFL draft picks in Jake Fisher and Hroniss Grasu but the return of Tyler Johnstone should ease the transition.
Pac-12 media picked Oregon in the North but USC to win the conference title, while the Ducks are No. 5 in the preseason coaches' poll.
As is the case at running back, Oregon has an outstanding mix of proven talent and intriguing newcomers to aid the new starting quarterback.
Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner give the Ducks an enviable 1-2 punch, and a couple of talented freshmen will challenge for touches, too.
The graduation of Marcus Mariota creates what's sure to be one of the most watched storylines when the 2015 Ducks begin practice Aug. 10.
A year after Marcus Mariota collected several major awards, Royce Freeman is up for a few in 2015, including Walter Camp player of the year.
Both Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner make the watch list for the running back award Oregon's LaMichael James won after the 2010 season.
The 1,000-yard rusher in 2013 moved to receiver and surpassed 1,000 yards there in 2014, and the Biletnikoff Award committee took notice.
Oregon's star defensive end was joined Tuesday by Tyler Johnstone on the preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Oregon linemen Tyler Johnstone and DeForest Buckner were named to awards watch lists Friday by the Football Writers Association of America.