Oregon Ducks Top 10 most intriguing spring game storylines: No. 3 defensive back

Oregon Ducks Top 10 most intriguing spring game storylines: No. 3 defensive back
May 2, 2014, 11:00 am
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Oregon Ducks safety Erick Dargan (4) before the game against the California Golden Bears at Autzen Stadium.

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Oregon's spring game will kick off at 11 a.m., Saturday at Autzen Stadium ending a five-week run of spring drills that gave the team a jump start on preparing for the 2014 season. Leading up to the game we'll countdown the Top 10 storylines to watch for on Saturday.

No. 3: Defensive back.

Easily the most intriguing guy to watch on Saturday will be 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman safety Tyree Robinson.

We'll get back to him in a moment.

Oregon returns just one starting defensive back from last season and it just so happens to be one of the best the program has produced in the recent memory. However senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu won't be a lone wolf amidst a secondary of pups this season.

Senior safety Erick Dargan and senior cornerback Dior Mathis have been around the block a few times and are set to become full-time starters for the first time in their careers.

The only real question for next season is who will play the other safety position?

Then there's the question about who will replace the three 2014 senior starters in 2015 when for the second consecutive season Oregon will be losing 75 percent of its defensive backfield.

No back to Robinson.

He could provide the answer to the the first question and emerge as one of the most fascinating defensive back prospects Oregon has had in ions.

The Ducks have done just fine with safeties in the 5-10 mold but the thought of Robinson's athleticism (he's also an accomplished basketball player) and range roaming Autzen is intoxicating.

His height allows him to matchup in the red zone against virtually any receiver or tight end and his considerable range with those long legs and speed, could allow the Ducks to be more creative on defense knowing that Robinson can not only cover a lot of ground but has the height and athleticism to make plays on balls thrown in a much larger window than most.

Or, maybe he couldn't cover my mother.

Truth is, we don't know because practices are closed and he redshirted last season. Saturday will be the first real glimpse of Robinson for most outside of the program.

Another guy to watch is 6-1 cornerback Chris Seisay. He likely won't start in 2014 but he is in line to be the No. 1 cornerback in 2015, and, like Robinson, will add some height to the secondary.

Previous storylines

No. 10: QB Marcus Mariota

No. 9: K Matt Wogan

No. 8: WR Keanon Lowe

No. 7: DL Balducci, Armstead and Buckner

No. 6: LB Torrodney Prevot

No. 5: RB Thomas Tyner

No. 4: Offensive line