UO Football

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Chip Kelly will bring fast-paced, aggressive offense to the Ducks. Quarterback Brady Leaf says he believes the new coordinator will emphasize the power running game. 'He likes to run and gun … but he's run first,' Leaf says. 'If you have guys like we have, how can you not be?'

• Running back Jonathan Stewart says he expects Kelly to use running backs as receiving threats more often.

• Seniors Dennis Dixon and Leaf battle to be the starting QB, with sophomore Nathan Costa adding spice to the competition. The odds-on favorite remains Dixon, who has put on about five pounds of muscle and scoured game film in the offseason, evaluating his 14 interceptions. 'Bad reads,' he says. 'It's a long progression, and I have to stick to it.'

• Coach Mike Bellotti recently tabbed Steve Greatwood, the offensive line coach, as associate head coach. Greatwood applied to be the Ducks' offensive coordinator, and he aspires to be a head coach; he interviewed with another Division I school about a top job in the offseason.

'I think Mike made a great hire with Chip,' Greatwood says. 'It didn't work out (for me), but I feel good that Mike gave me an opportunity to be in this position.'

- Jason Vondersmith