Tyrece Gaines & Diante Jackson declared ineligible for 2010 for not meeting academic standards says Chip Kelly
According to ESPN, both are not expected to return to the program which potentially turns an area of strength for the Ducks to an area of weakness. Addicted to Quack thinks the Ducks are still solid for the 2010 season but after that, they have some concerns:
Gaines and Jackson were supposed to be the saviors of the WR corp during the 2009 recruiting class, when fans were clammoring for the Ducks to get some big recruits in that area.
But an area that looks to be stocked with talent at the beginning of last season is now looking incredibly thin. Over this offseason, the Ducks have lost Jamere Holland and Garrett Embry for good, and Gaines and Jackson for at least the 2010 season.
The starters are set fairly well for the 2010 season, led by seniors Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis and Junior Lavasier Tunei, but after that, the Ducks are looking at a whole lot of untested and unheralded players. Walk-on Justin Hoffman, who has really stepped up during the last two seasons and worked his way into the two-deep, will need to continue his development, as will redshirt freshmen Blake Cantu and Nick Cole.
Diante was a kid the Ralphie Report was rooting very hard for as he was very kind to the site and even sat down for extended interviews. Hopefully he gets it back together in the classroom this year and resumes his career. He will have a few good years of eligibility left.