With fall camps underway for several teams in the Pac-12, we're going around the conference to look at each team's most pressing issues and interesting storylines. We've already looked at ColoradoWashingtonWashington StateCalArizonaUtahStanford and Arizona State. Up next, Oregon.

1. Who will be under center in the season opener?

Colorado, Arizona State and Stanford all have quarterback questions going into fall camp, but the most intriguing quarterback competition in the Pac-12 isn’t happening in Boulder, Tempe or Palo Alto, it’s happening at Oregon. The Ducks’ QB battle is intriguing, because even after spring practice, nobody knows who’s winning and nobody knows who’s winning because coach Chip Kelly closes all Oregon practices to outsiders. The only thing anyone knows for sure is that Bryan Bennett will or won’t win the job and if he does or doesn’t win the job, then Marcus Mariota will or won’t win the job.  Confused yet? Good, that’s what Kelly wants. Mariota had a slightly better spring game, but Bennett has the edge in experience. The sophomore appeared in seven of the Ducks 14 games last season, including a start against Colorado.

2. How many positions will De’Anthony Thomas play?

De’Anthony Thomas’ nickname is the “Black Mamba,” but they may want to change that to the “Nightmare” because that’s what defensive coordinators are going to have when they try and game plan for Thomas and the Oregon offense. As a true freshman last year, Thomas wreaked havoc on opposing defenses while playing running back (55 carries, 595 yards, 7 touchdowns), wide receiver (46 catches, 605 yards, 9 touchdowns) and kick returner (36 returns, 983 yards, 2 touchdowns).

3. Will Carson York be ready to go in week 1?

The only negative news to come out of Oregon’s Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin in January was the injury of guard Carson York. York underwent surgery on his knee (patellar tendon) and missed spring practice. He’s expected back for fall practice, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be 100 percent. With 36 career starts under his belt, York is the most experienced player on the Ducks offensive line. A prolonged absence by York could hurt. If York’s not ready to go by the season opener, that will most likely mean more playing time for sophomore Jake Fisher, who appeared in 13 games last season as a true freshman.

4. Which wide receivers will step up?

The Ducks have plenty of people who can catch the ball (Kenjon Barner, Thomas) the only problem is that none of them are true wide receivers. Not that the Ducks need true wide receivers. They did just fine last year without a true wide receiver leading the team in receptions or yards – Thomas led in both categories. Statistically speaking, the Ducks' two best returning receivers this season are Josh Huff and Rashaan Vaughn – who only combined for 45 catches last year. To put that in perspective, Thomas had 46 catches by himself. With the graduated Lavasier Tuinei out of the picture, both wide receivers should see an increase in production.

5. Will the Ducks have a new kicker?

It probably won’t garner as many headlines as the quarterback competition, but the Ducks will most likely have a kicking competition in fall camp. Senior Rob Beard is healthy after missing most of 2011 with a quad injury. Beard scored 93 points for the Ducks in 2010. Alejandro Maldonado handled the placekicking duties for Oregon after Beard went down last year. Beard, who’s hit 12 of 16 career field goals, should have a leg up in the battle. Maldonado was inconsistent last season; the junior went 7 of 12 on field-goal attempts. Maldonado’s biggest miss was a 37-yarder that came on the final play of the game in the Ducks 38-35 loss to USC. 

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