Ducks Show Sizable Strides

Ducks Show Sizable Strides

EUGENE - It seemed pretty obvious during Oregon's first post-practice precession of the spring ball: These Ducks are bigger.

EUGENE - It seemed pretty obvious during Oregon's first post-practice precession of the spring ball: These Ducks are bigger.

Official spring weights show weight gains across the board, including major increases in the trenches.

Even quarterback Marcus Mariota has upped the weight, saying he weighs 218, even three pounds above the spring roster.

Sophomore running back Thomas Tyner says he's up to 220 pounds, and squatting 500.

"I set new goals in the weight room and I achieved some of them. I definitely improved strength-wise," he said following the Tuesday's first practice."I was surprised at what I could do. I exceeded my goals. So I'm definitely happy.

"My legs are a lot stronger. Everything is a lot stronger."

Tyner attributed to the improved physique to winter workouts, but wasn't sure if his current weight would be what he played at.

"It's kind of hard at 220 in this offense," he said.

Junior wide receiver Bralon Addison is ready to undertake the go-to-go role this season with Josh Huff gone. Addison will undoubtedly be joined by senior Keanon Lowe in the starting lineup, but that third starting WR spot is one of the most difficult to peg.

"This year I think we might be more deep than we were last year," Addison said.

He mentioned junior B.J. Kelley, sophomores Dwayne Stanford and Chance Allen along with redshirt freshmen Darren Carrington and Devon Allen as likely candidates.

"We've got a lot of young talent and Jalen [Brown] came in today and practiced for the first time today and he did really well," Addison said.

Brown has already made quite the impression on Addison and the other receivers. As the only member of the 2014 prep recruiting class already on campus, Brown has done everything asked of him during his time this winter.

"He's a 17-year old coming out of high school, he's out here with 22-year old guys. We do a lot of 1-on-1 drills during the winter. He was never intimidated or worried about messing up. He just came out there and played hard and played fast.

"When the other freshmen come in during the summer, he'll be ahead already," Addison said.

Brown is listed at 6-foot-2 185 pounds and has impressed Addison with his speed and athleticism as well as his work ethic and focus to detail.

"I really think he'll have a bright future ahead of him. I think he has a great ceiling," Addison said.

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