Preseason Honors List
Friday, June 19, 12:30 p.m. PT

Seventy-six days remain until Oregon's season opener at Boise State (Sept. 3, 7:15 PT on ESPN) and at least a few of those days can be occupied by devouring the four major college football preview magazines, all of which have been issued over the past few weeks.Those publications, put out by Athlon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News, are filled with such a variety of information and speculation that by using a combination of the four books, you can draw almost any conclusion you wish.

As one would expect, last year's No. 9 team (coaches poll) has a significant presence in each magazine, with Sporting News going so far as to rank the Ducks seventh in its preseason top 25. At the other end of the spectrum, Oregon didn't make Phil Steele's top 40 heading into fall.

Walter Thurmond III is a preseason All-America according to Sporting News, but doesn't even make Athlon's all-conference second team. Jeremiah Masoli is the preseason first-team all-Pac-10 quarterback in the opinion of Athlon, Lindy's and Phil Steele, but left out of the conversation completely by Sporting News.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. It's all speculation, but it's still interesting and makes for great debate fodder.

So if you're pressed for time and not quite ready to pour over more than 1,000 pages of information, here is a short list of how the Ducks stack up according to the "experts":

Team
Preseason No. 7 Ranking, 2nd in the Pac-10 (Sporting News)
Preseason No. 13 Ranking, 3rd in the Pac-10 (Athlon)
Preseason No. 15 Ranking, 3rd in the Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason No. 4 QB Unit (Athlon)
Preseason No. 5 Backfield (Lindy's)
Preseason No. 23 RB Unit (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 27 DB Unit (Phil Steele)
Preseason 6th in the Pac-10 (Phil Steele)

LeGarrette Blount
Preseason 3rd Team All-America (Athlon)
Preseason 3rd Team All-America (Sporting News)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Athlon)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 11 RB (Lindy's)
Preseason No. 12* RB (Phil Steele)

Ed Dickson
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Athlon)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 6* TE (Phil Steele)

Jamere Holland
Preseason 4th Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)

Jeremiah Masoli
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Athlon)
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 9 QB (Lindy's)

Casey Matthews
Preseason 3rd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 25 ILB (Phil Steele)

Spencer Paysinger
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason 3rd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 67 OLB (Phil Steele)

Walter Thurmond III
Preseason 1st Team All-America (Sporting News)
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Sporting News)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 6 CB (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 11 CB (Lindy's)

Will Tukuafu
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Athlon)
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Sporting News)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason No. 20* DE (Phil Steele)

T.J. Ward
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Athlon)
Preseason 1st Team All-Pac-10 (Phil Steele)
Preseason 2nd Team All-Pac-10 (Lindy's)
Preseason No. 16 SS (Phil Steele)

*among draft eligible players

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