August 27, 2013
In this April 2013 photo, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota runs during the NCAA college football team’s spring scrimmage in Eugene. Mariota is planning to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season. Oregon’s soft-spoken quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle over the summer, says he’s ready to break out and become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year.
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As far as philosophy, not much is changing for coaches
Replacing someone as innovative and successful as Chip Kelly would be a daunting challenge for almost any coach. In four seasons as Oregon’s head coach, Kelly compiled a 46-7 record and guided the hypersonic Ducks to four consecutive bowl appearances and three Pac-12 championships. Keeping this offensive juggernaut on the fast track will be a two-man job. Mark Helfrich replaced Kelly as head coach.