Thursday, October 23, 2014
Observations: Not much to offer today, since it was a walk-through of the plays the Ducks will run Friday against the Golden Bears. … The day did begin as usual with a 37-yard field goal attempt, which Mark Helfrich said was good (the netting that has goal posts printed on it hadn’t dropped down in time when the kick was made). … The equipment truck was being packed up today, and thus coaches planned to meet and identify the travel squad at some point.
■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been named to the list of quarterfinalists for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
■ Andrew Greif gives you five things to know about in Friday's game against Cal.
■ Travis Haney wonders if the game against Utah will be too much after Cal and Stanford.
■ Josh Schlichter previews the game against Cal.
■ Chantel Jennings says the Ducks have the Pac-12 banner but wonders if it can hold.
■ Caleb Couturie sat down with Tony Washington recently who says he's ready to play no matter where they are.
■ Dale Newton says the impressive thing about the 2014 Ducks, they just keep improving.
■ Charles Fisher says he never tires of watching the Ducks beat the Huskies. Can' say I disagree, kick a dog when they're down.
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.
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