Offense rules in SN's list of 10 best Oregon Ducks

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At Oregon, it’s not all about the uniform. In fact, it’s mostly about offense — lots of it.

The Ducks have one of the game’s most prolific offensive attacks and the players to run it. While the schemes have changed over the years, there’s always been talent in Eugene, Oregon. Here’s our list of the 10 greatest Oregon football players of all time.

1. RB/WR Bobby Moore

Before he became Ahmad Rashad, Moore was the most dynamic player to come through Oregon. When he left school, he held Ducks records in rushing yards in a game (249), season (1,211), career (2,306) as well as more receptions in a season (54) and career (131). He led the conference in scoring twice from two different positions. With all the super-talented players Oregon has had on offense in recent years, Moore’s impact is obvious when you scan through school records and his name remains listed.

2. QB Joey Harrington

The quarterback was a big part — literally — in Oregon football becoming what it is today. The Ducks spent a ton of money to place a large billboard of Harrington on a New York City skyscraper as part of its Heisman campaign. Harrington finished fourth, but his mark was made. He threw for 6,911 career yards with 59 TD passes. Nicknamed “Captain Comeback,” Harrington was 25-3 as a starter and was 11-2 in games Oregon trailed or was tied in the fourth quarter.

3. QB Marcus Mariota

Is there any doubt he’ll sit head and shoulders above everyone on this list after the 2014-15 season? His two seasons in Eugene have been off the charts: 65.8 completion percentage, 6,342 passing yards, 63 TDs (second all-time at OU) and just 10 picks. He also has 1,467 rushing yards and 14 more scores. A two-time first-team All-Pac-12 QB, yeah, he’s well on his way to No. 1 in school history after choosing to return for his junior year.

4. QB Bill Musgrave

Musgrave took over as starting quarterback in 1987 and the Ducks hadn’t reached a bowl game since 1963. In four seasons, Oregon went 28-19 and reached two bowl games. He’s No. 1 in career passing yards at OU with 8,343 yards with 60 TDs. His final two seasons were huge. In 1989, he set then-school records for yards (3,081) and TDs (22) and a year later was named Academic All-American of the Year when he had another 2,611 passing yards.

5. OL Gary Zimmerman

All-American guard in 1983, all-conference 1983; the best offensive lineman to roll through Eugene, he was named the Pac-10’s top lineman as a senior. Just how good was he? He earned the league’s players of the week honor — as an offensive lineman — after the Ducks beat Cal.

6. DT Haloti Ngata

In his three seasons at Oregon, Ngata was as dominating as any Duck lineman to ever play. He was an All-American in 2005, the conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as the league’s lineman of the year. He piled up 151 career tackles and blocked a school-record seven kicks.

7. QBs Norm Van Brocklin, Dan Fouts

Two pioneers in Oregon quarterbacking history. Van Brocklin — The Dutchman — was one of the program’s first superstars. An All-American in 1948, Van Brocklin also excelled as a punter. He took the Ducks to their first bowl game in 29 seasons in ’48 when they finished 9-2. He’s in the College Football Hall of Fame. Fouts became the first Oregon passer to top 2,000 yards in a season. From 1970-72, he set at least 19 school records. He finished with 5,995 passing yards and 37 TD tosses — exceptional numbers during that era.

8. HB Mel Renfro

A phenomenal athlete and football player, Renfro was All-American in 1962 and ’63 and All-Coast team from 61-63. He led Oregon in rushing three consecutive seasons and finished with 1,540 yards. One of the program’s top return men as well, Renfro finished second in the 1962 NCAA 120-yard high hurdles.

9. QB Dennis Dixon

He was the 2007 conference Player of the Year, but a knee injury damaged his chance at winning the Heisman — he also was a finalist for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Walter Camp awards. He finished with 2,719 total yards in 10 games. He ran for a then-record 1,208 career yards for a quarterback, threw for 5,129 yards and 38 TDs.

10. RB LaMichael James

An yard-producing machine, James is Oregon’s all-time rushing leader with 5,082 yards. He totaled 5,869 all-purpose yards in his career. He was the conference’s Offensive Freshman of  the Year in 2009, an All-American in 2010 and 2011 and won the Doak Walker in ’10 and finished third in Heisman voting. His best game — 288 rushing yards vs. Arizona in 2011. He had seasons with 1,731 and 1,805 rushing yards.