Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The passing game was really sharp in 1-on-1 drills to start practice. Whether it was Mariota to Dwayne Stanford, Lockie to Keanon Lowe and Allen, Alie to Jalen Brown and Ayele Forde, Morgan Mahalak to Marshall or Griffin to Carrington, there were completions all over the place. … One exception was Brown, who had a couple uncharacteristic drops. He made up for them with a nice reception in 7-on-7, and then hauled in a touchdown from Mariota in 11-on-11.
■ ESPN has Marcus Mariota in the #1 spot in their Pac-12 QB Power Ranking and OregonLive has Oregon at #1 in their Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Ted Miller says the MSU game is laden with meaning.
■ Tyson Alger believes the physical game will be a matter of pride against MSU.
■ Gary Campbell said there was plenty to like from his running backs against SD but there is plenty to work on as well.
■ Nathan Roholt takes a closer look at Royce Freeman.
■ Dale Newton hopes the Ducks don't get fooled again when they take on the Spartans.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:50 AM
Monday, September 01, 2014
After spending the offseason emphasizing fundamentals in tackling, Pellum didn't get the tackling in space he wanted. He also would like for his experienced linebackers -- three of whom return as starters in Tony Washington, Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick -- to be playmakers.
"I don't think anything was really great, nothing was really bad," he said. "It needs to jump out. We'd like it to jump out."
■ Oregonlive has a sneak peek of the MSU game and oddsmakers have the Ducks as 11 point favorites.
■ Rob Moseley took notes from Mark Helfrich's teleconference call yesterday with reporters.
■ Matt Hayes says the Sooners and Ducks jumped to the front of the playoff race.
■ Four star athlete Malik Lovette verbally committed to the Ducks recently.
■ Former Oregon pitcher Jake Reed joined Jimmy Sherfy in the Arizona Fall League.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:56 AM