Oregon Ducks' Kelly Is Smart: LeGarrette Blount Could Be Reinstated....

try pCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Runningback LeGarrette Blount #9 of the University of Oregon Ducks hurdles a player en route to a touchdown during his team's 42-31 win over the Oklahoma State University Cowboys in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

LeGarrette Blount, born in Florida, grew up a running machine, rushing for a 1,000 yards three straight seasons as a high school football star.

Ending up at East Mississippi Community College in Mississippi, LeGarrette rushed for nearly 2,300 yards in two seasons, making him a hot commodity as a junior college player.

Next up, he landed in Eugene, Oregon with the Ducks and rushed for 1,000 yards in his first year at the D-1 level as a junior.

He came into his senior year as one of the top running back prospects in the country.

In his first game of the year he only had a disappointing eight carries and the rest is history...

On Sept. 3, he knockedg out Byron Hout, a Boise St. player, after Hout looked to be taunting Blount. He then resisted his own teammates while they were trying to restrained him. Ultimately, he was involved in an altercation with fans, as he continously went after Oregon the faithful.

Later he was suspended by head coach Chip Kelly for the remainder of the season, effectively ending his collegiate career.

Kelly and Blount later apologized to Chris Peterson and Hout of Boise St.

Blount came into the year as a possible pick in the second-round of the NFL 2010 Draft. He's nearly 250 pounds and 6'1" with blazing speed, making him a rare talent. Now he is a 7th-round pick and maybe a free agent-type player.

A month later he looks to be up for reinstatement.

Chip Kelly had announced previously reinstatement wasn't an option but on Friday had this to say according to ESPN: "After speaking with a number of nationally renowned professionals in the field, which included Dr. Harry Edwards and Tony Dungy, I came to the conclusion that leaving the door open for LeGarrette's potential return as an active player was the best solution."

In my opinion he should've made reinstatement an option upfront. To me after a 42-3 win over Cal, Kelly realizes his season may start to smell like roses given that the loss to Boise St. was a non-conference game.

Sitting at 3-1 and 1-0 in conference play, the Ducks could be Rose Bowl bound.

They face a brutal schedule ahead but if they can shake off USC, Oregon can realistically make a run at the PAC-10 Championship. I think Kelly sees the roses ahead and that his season is not over yet as he originally thought.

Watch out, Oregon could be a deep-sleeper...Quack, Quack.