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Clay was the leader of a playmaking unit and had the Ducks' second-most tackles (102) last year despite missing three games with an ankle injury. His strength at weakside linebacker is his speed.
DE DION JORDAN SENIOR
As a first-year starter in 2011, the converted tight end became a disruptive force, leading Oregon in sacks (7½) and tackles for loss (13). His combination of height (6' 7") and athletic ability fits the Ducks' scheme, which requires ends to pass-rush on one play and cover a slot receiver on another.
TE COLT LYERLA SOPHOMORE
The former linebacker found his niche on offense
A highly touted in-state recruit, the question last year wasn't if or when Lyerla would play, but where. He wound up at tight end, and at 6' 5", 238 pounds he poses a matchup problem for defenses. Though he had only seven catches as a freshman, five went for TDs. As a replacement for David Paulson, now with the NFL's Steelers, Lyerla will be counted on to make big plays.