Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:42 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:28 AM