Who will be the Ducks signal caller In ‘06?

By Krupka  |   Wednesday, March 08, 2006  |  Comments( 0 )

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The Oregon Ducks were cruising along with a 7-1 record when senior quarterback Kellen Clemens suffered a season ending ankle injury forcing the team to rotate between sophomore quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf.

Fortunately, the Ducks ended up finishing the regular season with a 10-1 record earning a trip to the Holiday Bowl, and more importantly, that last month of the 2005-2006 season was the beginning of the quarterback competition that will resume this spring.

Dennis Dixon - a versatile signal caller who stands 6'4" and weighs 195 pounds - has a good arm and is extremely athletic. He possesses game-changing ability with his legs. Scouts have said that his play could resemble that of former Texas quarterback Vince Young. Dixon finished the season strong, starting the team's final four games and subsequently ending it first on the depth chart. In his four starts, he completed 64% of his passes for 647 yards, 5 touchdowns, only 1 interception, and added 77 yards rushing leading the Ducks to a 3-1 record.

Brady Leaf, younger brother of former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, stands 6'5" and weighs 225 pounds. Leaf has a tremendous arm. A knock on him is that he sometimes holds onto the ball too long. He doesn't posses the scrambling ability that Dixon has, but makes up for it with his poise and knowledge of the offense. Leaf, like Dixon, racked up some significant playing time in the final weeks of the season. In the last four games he completed 62% of his passes for 382 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions.

In the Holiday Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners, both Dixon and Leaf played well. Dixon completed 11/19 passes for 107 yards. Leaf was 14/24 for 136 yards, with a touchdown and a costly interception in a 17-14 loss.

Dixon has been weight training and has changed the way he eats in order to build muscle and add weight. He hopes to be around 210 pounds for next season. Leaf recently had his appendix taken out, but will be ready when spring practice begins April 4th.

So who should be the Oregon Ducks signal caller in '06? That question likely won't be answered for some time.

- Eric Krupka can be reached at ekrupka@realfootball365.com
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