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Oregon Spring Football: Evan Baylis stepping up

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The Ducks are a few weeks away from their spring game and are looking to head into the summer with more answers than questions at key positions.

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  • Ever since Pharaoh Brown went down with a gruesome injury against Utah last November, the Ducks had to find another option at TE, and it looks like they've found one with Evan Baylis. Baylis came up with a few key catches in the semifinal win over Florida State in the Rose Bowl back on January 1st
  • With his recent change from special teams and offense to defense, Charles Nelson made his first big play at practice on Wednesday against freshman QB Travis Jonsen. Since star players Troy HillErick Dargan and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu have all graduated, Nelson's quick adjustment to his new position at DB will be vital for the Oregon defense looking to rebuild in this area.
  • Now that DE Arik Armstead has moved on to the NFL Draft as a possible top 10 pick, the Ducks need to fill his spot and highly touted DE recruit Canton Kaumatule is already showing promise this spring. With a Armstead gone, Kaumatule has an opportunity to bloom into the next dominate defensive lineman for the Ducks, and it would be huge if he makes the starting unit for 2015.