Pac-12 Media Days 2012: Chip Kelly Outrunning Expectations

"We only had 10 seniors last year," Chip Kelly began at Pac-12 Media Days. "We only have 16 this year."

A young Ducks team is just about as young as ever, with questions throughout the roster, especially at quarterback, with Darron Thomas moving along. But "pressure's what you feel when you don't know what you're doing," running back Kenjon Barner informed the gathering.

De'Anthony Thomas and Barner will see their "roles increase" due to the exit of LaMichael James, but Kelly "sleeps a little bit better at night" with "three guys who could've played anywhere in the country" last year. Thomas can "hopefully do a lot" more on the field after offering plenty of "wow moments" in practice.

There was a uniforms question, of course. Barner said he wonders what other teams are thinking when they trot out Oregon-esque alternates, but that was about that.

Kelly's contingent felt like it was off the stage just moments after arriving, with Kelly theorizing the crowd had gotten a little tired. The Oregon experience does tend to dazzle its way to a stronger finish than whatever it's up against.

For more on Ducks football, visit Oregon blog Addicted To Quack, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes.

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