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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Don Pellum and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

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

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.