Friday, November 21, 2014
This was Oregon’s walk-through for Saturday’s game, so there aren’t any “highlights” per se to pass along. … As is customary, there was a one-off field-goal attempt just after stretching, a 39-yard kick that Matt Wogan hit. … Even though it was a walk-through tempo, Marcus Mariota still looked really fast. That guy is just pedal to the metal all the time, never takes his foot off the gas...
■ Andrew Greif, Richard Kolbell, Andrew Bantly and Rory Davidson preview the Colorado game.
■ Chantel Jennings has a six pack of questions for the Pac-12 this week including one for Oregon.
■ Joseph Hoyt says Hroniss Grasu's impact goes beyond the gridiron.
■ Marcus Mariota has been named to the Pop Warner award and Jake Fisher is a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy..
■ Royce Freeman and Byron Marshall might break the 1000 yard mark this weekend.
■ Laura Brehm profiles Oregon punter Ian Wheeler.
■ Dale Newton looks at the impact of being without Pharoah Brown.
With Brown gone, one of the solutions is to rediscover their redshirt freshman Z receiver with world class speed. A couple of deep strikes, particularly in the PAC-12 Championship and the potential playoff games that follow, will loosen opposing defenses and leave room underneath for Baylis and Mundt, keep opponents from creeping up in the box to slow down Freeman and Tyner, the running game that’s operated at 232 yards a contest, best in the conference for the 9th year in a row.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:32 AM
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Other observations: Chris Seisay made several plays over the course of the day. He broke up a couple balls during 1-on-1 drills down near the goal line, and had another pass breakup when the defense was 11-on-11 against scouts in the red zone. … Dwayne Stanford got the better of Troy Hill a couple times during 1-on-1, shrugging off a hit for one “touchdown” and leaping up to grab another. Dior Mathis twice allowed a reception but set his feet and stopped his man short of the goal line. … In one of the various ways Mark Helfrich has worked to keep the Ducks as fresh as possible late in the season, the second half of practice today was essentially non-contact.
■ Kevin Gemmell wonders if Oregon can avoid "buzzkill."
■ Andrew Greif says Colorado hangs its upset hope on their unconventional style and the Ducks need to stop Nelson Spruce.
■ Jake Tabor takes a closer look at Oregon's plan for stopping Colorado.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.
■ Marcus Mariota was named as one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award yesterday.
The two-time all-conference quarterback ranks first nationally in yards per pass attempt (10.0) and yards per play (9.0) by a quarterback, while leading all FBS players in points responsible for with 228.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:31 AM