Wednesday, October 01, 2014
No highlights to offer given that it was a walk-through, other than the seemingly customary single field-goal attempt just after warm-ups, which Matt Wogan nailed from around 35 yards out. … Former Ducks and local prep legends Dustin Haines and Justin Hoffman dropped by practice, and were introduced to the team afterward. Both were former walk-ons who eventually earned scholarships and were invaluable team leaders. “If we could take their hearts and their minds and surgically implant them in some guys, holy cow,” UO coach Mark Helfrich said. “They worked their tails off to maximize every single second.”
■ Ken Goe says there is nothing to worry about come Thursday.
■ Andrew Greif says OL Hamani Stevens is out to atone for the narrow victory at WSU.
■ Evidently an Arizona beat writer believes the Ducks will be out to settle a score for the disaster in the desert from last year.
■ Tyson Alger says Thomas Tyner is ready to turn the corner after a ho-hum start this season.
■ Are you ready for pink?
■ Charles Fisher analyzes a few plays where pass protection for Marcus Mariota saved some serious injury to the QB.
■ Matt Takimoto wonders if we under appreciate the talent of Marcus Mariota.
■ Dale Newton doubts the fear mongers and says Oregon should be okay Thursday night.
The Autzen crowd should lift the urgency of the Oregon front seven, and create some confusion for the Arizona secondary. Oregon will outscore the Wildcats, and it wouldn't be surprising for their young offense to stumble at the start.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:28 AM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Highlights: As was the case Saturday, the defense was in control when the Ducks held their “clutch” period to start practice. Arik Armstead and Tyson Coleman teamed up for a sack on the last play for the ones, and Christian French had a sack with the twos. … Coleman also forced and recovered a fumble during the first full team period. On the offensive field, Royce Freeman took a short pass to the house; cornerback Arrion Springs did a great job of defeating a receiver’s block on the play, chucking him aside, but in the time it took to do so Freeman was by him...
■ Andrew Greif says revenge doesn't motivate the Ducks against Arizona but unforced errors are a different story and then looks at Marcus Mariota when he is on the move.
■Tyson Alger wonders if Charles Nelson might be utilized on the defense.
■ Derrick Malone says his passion for football doesn't end at the sound of the whistle.
■ Oregon still remains at the top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Here is everything you need to know about the Thursday night game against Arizona.
■ Caleb Couturie reports Hroniss Grasu is eager to quiet the doubters.
■ The UCLA (Oct. 11) game gets the 12:30 pm time slot against UCLA and will be broadcast by Fox.
■ A pair of five star recruits will be visiting the campus the weekend of the Washington game.