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Oregon Football

The Good, The Bad, The Unknown

May 16, 2018

Mario Cristobal has an interesting job this upcoming season. He'll return a number of his starters, but will be minus his best lineman in Tyrell Crosby. Replacing him will be no easy task.

Furthermore, he moves from his position group to head coach. And that change will force him to hand over a portion of control to now offensive line coach Alex Mirabal with the help of GA Woodiel.

There will be a delicate balance there which is why hiring someone like Mirabal, whom Mario has total trust in, was an important decision.

Let's take a look at the offensive line group overall for Oregon this season.

The Good: Mario Cristobal and Alex Mirabal

Although Mario Cristobal is now the head coach of the team, he still plans to coach the offensive line. But he is smart enough to know that with all this new responsibility, he is going to need some hands-on help. That is where the new tenth assistant coach position and Alex Mirabal comes into play . I am really optimistic that the combo of Cristobal and Mirabal is going to create some special talents on the line.

If you ever get the chance to talk to Cristobal about coaching or the offensive line position, I highly recommend it; he truly cares about the smallest details and what it means to be a great offensive lineman. So you know that anyone Cristobal brings on has to have that same kind of drive. Mirabal is a highly respected coach across the nation for a reason: where he goes success follows.

With the combination of coaches and talent at the offensive line position, I think that Oregon can build one of the top lines in the conference, if not the nation.

The Bad: No Tyrell Crosby

Losing Crosby on the line is equal to the loss of Royce Freeman at the running back position. And just like at running back, no matter how talented this new group of players is or how seasoned our returning players are, not having Crosby to lead them will take some getting used to.

I mean, the newly signed Detroit Lion didn’t allow a sack for over a year. That is a crazy stat, one that I have never heard before I started watching Oregon football.

The Unknown: Incoming freshmen

Right now, the Ducks don’t have a single senior offensive lineman. They do have an abundance of redshirt juniors and other talented athletes on the sideline, but the main question surrounding the Ducks' offensive line is this: How will the incoming freshmen perform?

This year's rookies are highly recruited players out of high school who have the potential to make an immediate impact. The competition to make the starting lineup is going to be tough, with a strong group returning and freshman gunning for playing time at all five positions.

I’m not naive enough to think that all the incoming freshman will be starting come September 1, but I do think that the competition will only make the line better.

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