Dan Lanning would like it if Oregon’s final season in pac 12 It is not defined by “what ifs”, as it was for the Ducks last year.

Lanning’s first season in charge at Oregon was successful, with 10 wins, a bowl game win, and a place in the national spotlight in November. But it was also disappointing that it just couldn’t become anything more than a successful debut season.

“Ultimately as a team, we were very close last year. We want to go from good to great this year,” Oregon QB bo nix Said. “We’ve talked a lot about it this offseason. We’ve had a lot of meetings about it, spent a lot of time where we can connect.”

If No. 15 Oregon Wants to take the next step and compete for a Pac-12 title before moving on big ten Next year he will have to do better in the big games. Ducks had big moments in victory Washington State And Utahand finished the season with a last-second drive to beat North Carolina at the Holiday Bowl.

But intermingling those moments was a loss Georgia The start of the season and November saw losses to two of their biggest rivals – washington And Oregon State,

Lanning said, “We have a process that we believe in but if we don’t figure out where we can improve, what we can do better and we make some adjustments then we’re setting ourselves up for failure.” Must have been.”

Knicks return makes Ducks instant contenderswith top running backs bucky irving and wide receiver Troy Franklin, But Oregon’s success will largely center on its defense making significant jumps from last season.

Interviews with Oregon’s Dan Lanning, Bo Nix and more!

getting defensive

Considering Lanning’s background, the Ducks defense was disappointing in their first season. Oregon ranked 70th in the nation in total defense, 74th in scoring defense, 122nd in third-down defense and had only 18 sacks in 13 games.

Oregon needs to get better going forward brandon dorlus And Jordan Burch on edge and experienced casey rogers between. linebacker will get a boost from the second season of jeffrey bassa as a starter.

In the secondary, Oregon lost Christian Gonzalez to the New England Patriots, but a series of transfers have reloaded the defensive backfield, including Kehri Jackson, nikko reed, evan williams And tayshim johnson,

new voice

The Knicks would finish their college careers without the same offensive coordinator for two consecutive seasons. He had a different offensive coordinator in each of his first three seasons at Auburn. Last year, he was reunited at Oregon with Kenny Dillingham, who was his first offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2019. But Dillingham left the Ducks to take the head coaching job at Arizona State.

The new play-caller for the Ducks is Will Stein, who spent the last three seasons at UTSA but only one season as co-offensive coordinator.

Nix said the frequent change of coaches is not a problem.

nix around

Oregon’s offensive line is one of the big questions entering the season, with the starting tackles — Malasala Aumawe-Laulu and TJ Bass — and the need to replace starting center Alex Forsythe after being the best in the country in fewest sacks. top recruitment josh conrelly Should step into the left tackle spot and the drop in experience shouldn’t be significant.

Behind the Knicks, the Ducks boast one of the best running attacks in the country. Irving rushed for 100 or more yards in four of the last seven games, and the combo of Irving, Noah Washington and jordan james Combined for over 2,000 yards rushing and 15 TDs.

road ahead

Unlike last year when Oregon opened with eventual national champion Georgia, this season’s opening schedule is more favorable to the Ducks. Oregon travels to Texas Tech in Week 2, but the Ducks have a good chance to go 5-0 when they travel to No. 10 Washington on October 14. The Ducks also travel to and will host No. 14 Utah on October 28. No. 6 USC on November 11, before ending the season at home with No. 18 Oregon State in the final match-up between in-state rivals as conference foes.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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