24 Kenjon Barner, Running Back, Senior 5’11” 195 pounds
Barner the burner. That could very well wind up being Barner’s nickname if it isn’t already, because this kid has speed to burn. I love that despite his small-ish size, he runs hard every play and he fights for every yard. When he gets into the open field, he is nearly impossible to track down. This is a guy who is averaging over six yards per carry three straight years as a backup to LaMichael James, and I don’t think he will declare in 2012 because he will have a shot to potentially be the featured back next season. In 2012 on limited carries and reps in the passing game, he has scored 13 total touchdowns offensively. When he gets to the next level, he’s going to have to prove that he can take a beating and will likely be part of a dual-backfield. Has had four games in 2011 with more than 100 yards rushing despite being the backup and has filled in admirably for LaMichael James in his absence. Very good receiving threat with a ton of speed and quickness, great vision with the football.
77 Carson York, Offensive Guard, Senior 6’5″ 292 pounds
One of Oregon’s top offensive linemen who returns for his senior season after starting the past couple of years for the Ducks at left guard. Former four star prospect has been great in the classroom and on the field for the Ducks, and has done a great job of adding weight to his frame since he arrived on campus. In 2009, he was part of the Freshman All-American team and was named First Team All-Pac 10 in 2010. One of the strongest offensive linemen on the team and the leader of that unit for Oregon, a line that has paved the way for arguably the most explosive offense in all of college football. Carted off the field in the Rose Bowl, so that could eventually wind up being a problem.
Very good looking defensive end/outside linebacker prospect who has really developed in terms of his size over the last four years. Great overall size and length for a defensive line prospect who was a first team All-Pac 12 performer as a junior with 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Really good pursuit and play recognition skills, and a great overall athlete who also participates on special teams. Came to Oregon as a wide receiver/tight end and has really good natural athletic skills. Gets upfield in a hurry, and while he is still transitioning to the defensive side of the ball, he has made great strides and could be primed to be one of the best defensive players in the country. He has the length to really cause problems for opposing offensive linemen and make plays consistently behind the line of scrimmage. Really does a good job of working upfield and never gives up on a play.
One of the top returning safeties in the country, a guy who leads the secondary for the Ducks and racks up tackles like they’re going out of style. Last season, he had 108 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, an interception, and six passes broken up en route to being a first-team All-Pac 12 selection as a junior by Phil Steele, a second team All-Pac 12 selection by coaches, and an honorable mention All-American. One of the best defensive backs in the country and a leader of the Oregon secondary. As a sophomore in 2010, had 78 tackles and five interceptions and was selected as a second team All-American by SI.com. Needless to say, his career at Oregon has been very productive, and he’s led the team in tackles two out of the three years he has been there. Also a very valuable special teams player for the Ducks who blocked two kicks last year. A player who is always around the ball and always making plays. A solid athlete who looks like he could be a pretty good starting safety in the NFL.