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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Marcus Mariota and Kenny Bassett talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice report.

Highlights: The No. 2 offense had more success in the clutch drill. Jeff Lockie used completions to Evan Baylis and Kani Benoit to move the ball in position for a 47-yard “game-winning” field goal by Aidan Schneider. … There was good back-and-forth in the 1-on-1 pass drills in the red zone. The offense started well with scoring receptions by Devon Allen and Darren Carrington, and then Jalen Brown leaped up and over a defensive back for a catch in the zone. But then Carrington tried to do the same over Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and the senior corner broke up the pass, followed shortly by breakups from Troy Hill and Ragin...

■ Natalie Liebhaber with Hroniss Grasu preview the Cal game.

KC Joyner ($)  has Royce Freeman in his top ten running back in college football.

Freeman is a true freshman on whom Oregon's offense has been leaning more often -- with great success. He ranks 11th nationally in rushing yards per game against Power 5 teams in October (125) and is tied for first in rushing touchdowns in that time frame (6). Freeman also has accurate passing skills, which were on display on a trick-play, throwback pass to Marcus Mariota that led to a 26-yard touchdown against Arizona. If Oregon keeps using him as its go-to back, Freeman could vault his way up this list by season's end.

■ Chantel Jennings believes the Ducks are planning for success.

Ken Goe says not to expect a big crowd at the game Friday nigh against Cal.

■ Joel Odom reviews the talking points by Mark Helfrich during the coaches teleconference.

■ Andrew Greif has a nice piece on the unexpected addition of Kenny Bassett to the starting RB rotation.

■ Charles Fisher says we might be seeing more of the "pistol" offense variations in the future.

Dale Newton previews the Cal game.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Scott Frost, Hroniss Grasu and Doug Brenner talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report and has game notes for Friday.

Highlights: There was some great action when the travel squad went head-to-head early in practice. Freeman had a couple long runs, one of them keyed by a loud block by Nelson on a linebacker. Danny Mattingly answered for the defense, containing Marcus Mariota on one play and then bringing down a runner in the backfield on the very next play. … Marshall did a nice job of reaching behind himself and hauling in a pass during 11-on-11. On the defensive field that period, Juwaan Williams had one of the day’s biggest hits...

Andrew Greif has a sneak peek at the Cal Bears.

■ The biggest challenge for Oregon on Friday will be trying to defend Cal QB Jared Goff according to this report.

■ Tyson Alger and crew hand out mid-season awards for Oregon and Marcus Mariota takes the MVP honor.

Mariota also picked up national offensive player of the week yesterday by the Senior Bowl.

Coaches are wondering if they can clone Marcus Mariota.

■ It might not be too long before we see Andre Yruretagoyena back on the O-line.

■ Derrick Malone shares his latest installment of "life as a linebacker."

■ The game against Stanford on Nov.1 has been scheduled for 4:30 pm and will be televised on Fox.