Thursday, August 31, 2006
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006
As seen at: Yahoo.com
Who will fill the shoes of Haloti Ngata, Devan Long, Anthony Trucks, Aaron Gipson and Justin Phinesse?
By Paul Chambers, Duck Sports Authority Staff Writer – Rivals.com
The defensive side of the ball is where I really see the biggest challenges and question marks for this team. The Duck's lost what is arguably their best defensive tackle in school history (Haloti Ngata) their top defensive end (Devan Long), their sack leader (Anthony Trucks) and both defensive backs (Aaron Gipson and Justin Phinesse). That is a whole lot of experience and playmaking individuals to replace. Can this defensive team come any where near the production as last years' squad which finished ranked 2nd in total defense in the PAC-10? One of the things that the Duck defense has going for it is depth. This could very well be the deepest team that Oregon has had in a long time. The question remains, "will any of these developing players step up to become dependable playmakers?"
You just can't replace a player like Haloti Ngata. However, in the gap control system which coach Alliotti runs, the Ducks should have some players who will be able to hold their own. Even with Ngata at times the defensive line didn't meet some expectations last year. This year Matt Toeaina could be the key player on the defensive line. He at time has dominated just as much as Ngata did. Toeaina also has the versatility of being able to play both defensive tackle and defensive end. Where he ends up will probably be determined by the play of the younger defensive lineman. Cole Linehan got some quality time last year including some significant time against Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl. He along with David Faaeteete and Ra'shon "Sonny" Harris are physically imposing players who showed improvement in the spring. New junior college transfer Jeremy Gibbs will also be in the mix, but JC's are always a question in terms of their first year production. Unfortunately for Harris, it looks like his year is done with a serious injury. This leaves the possibility for him to medically redshirt this season and retain a year of eligibility.
On the ends the Ducks received good news when Darius Sanders was able to regain a year of eligibility after meeting his academic requirements as a partial qualifier. Trying to fill Devan Long's shoes is the challenge for this years defensive ends. Nick Reed showed flashes of greatness as a true freshman, but he still needs to gain strength and build on his freshmen season.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Although it will be difficult to replace the heart and leadership that Terrance Whitehead provided, the talent part is a different story. With two very capable backs, Oregon looks to implement a strong running game behind what is perhaps the strength of the offense, the line. Behind five returning starters the running game should flourish this upcoming season increasing expectations for a great season.
At the Running back position Jonathan Stewart, the "Incredible Hulk", is ready to step into the shoes of an underrated and sometimes under appreciated Terrance Whitehead. Stewart is a physical freak with a scary combination of size (5-foot-11, 234-pounds), speed (4.34 forty), and strength (410-pound bench press, 380-pound power clean, 38.5-inch vertical leap). He led the country in kickoff returns and scored 9 TD's in limited action last year. Stewart is perhaps the most heralded recruit ever to don the Oregon uniform. However, with such high expectations there comes the need for results. That's a lot of pressure to live up to and there are still questions about his durability and toughness.
His running style and attitude have been one to seek out contact rather than avoid contact. Coach Bellotti has commented that he would like to see Stewart improve his vision and try to avoid some the big collisions that he has had in the past. We have yet to see Stewart get a lot of reps so the questions of durability remain. In high school he flourished in a tradition run offense that allowed him more time to reach full speed and run "down hill". Can he make the adjustment to the spread offense? And can the coaches make the spread work for him? It does appear that the coaches are going to implementing some more tradition running formations for this upcoming season, but Stewart will need to find success running the ball out of both the spread and tradition formations.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I hope you all get a chance to read the column, either online or in the newspaper. Jerry has definitely won a place in the heart of "The Wines Family" with his fantastic broadcasts.
Who will ever forget the "Pick Play" (click on the link above to watch the video). "Kenny Wheaton's gonna score, Kenny Wheaton's gonna score" is a soundbite that will resonate in Duck Football Lore forever.
Only 6 days to kickoff and Jerry's 20th season,
Monday, August 21, 2006
Thanks for the nice time Dave! The rest of the photos are available at Flickr.
Cory Lidle pitched six scoreless innings to help the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 and complete a sweep of their five-game series.
Bobby Abreu's run-scoring double in the top of the sixth inning gave the Yankees the lead. Boston starter David Wells pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and two runs. He struck out four. Nick Green led off the 8th inning for the Yanks with a double into the left field corner, took third on a bunt and scored on a wild pitch by Keith Foulke, who had just replaced Wells.
Tha Yanks now have a 6 1/2 game lead in the A.L. East over the Sox.
BOSTON (AP) -- Twenty-eight years after the "Boston Massacre" set the stage for Bucky Dent and yet another Yankees championship, New York is snuffing out the Red Sox once again.
Changing the style -- but not the outcome -- of an epic series that's propelled them to a 5 1/2 -game lead in the AL East, the Yankees beat Boston for the fourth consecutive time on Sunday night, coming back with two homers and five RBIs from Jason Giambi to win 8-5 in 10 innings.
"This could have been the most incredible of them all," New York manager Joe Torre said. "This ballclub just won't be denied."Go Yankees!
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Reported Saturday at the Eugene Register Guard
Errant throws, dropped passes, penalty flags and poor snaps ruled the day Saturday during the Oregon football team’s first major scrimmage of fall camp.
The Ducks spent 75 minutes scrimmaging in Autzen Stadium, with the offense scoring three touchdowns and adding two field goals in 16 possessions beginning at various spots on the field.
“I though we failed a test today,” UO coach Mike Bellotti said. “I was very disappointed with our offense.”
It definitely didn't sound pretty but they have 2 weeks to get things in order, I have faith all will be well opening day against Stanford.
Read the full story at the Register Guard site.
Friday, August 18, 2006
This is game one of today's doubleheader. The Yankees now have pulled 2 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East. This is a crucial 5 game series for both teams as they will only meet once more after this series (and Dave & I will be there!)
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Original story at: GoDucks.com
All five of last year’s starters in the offensive line return from a unit that cut the number of quarterbacks sacks allowed in half (20) from 2004 (41), as well as six of its top nine receivers and a pair of battle tested quarterbacks.
The quintet of returning linemen is led by senior center Enoka Lucas (6-4, 299). The two-year starter earned second-team all-conference accolades a year ago and has been mentioned among the Outland Trophy hopefuls prior to the season, which is awarded to the nation’s top interior lineman.
Senior guard Palauni Ma Sun (6-6, 335), juniors Josh Tschirgi (6-4, 311) and Geoff Schwartz (6-7, 340), and sophomore tackle Max Unger (6-5, 296) also return. Returning sophomores Jacob Hucko (6-7, 307) and Mark Lewis (6-4, 292) are among those who add depth, as well as JC transfers Pat So'oalo (6-5, 355) and Fenuki Tupou (6-6, 322), if not challenge for starting nods.
The weather co-operated as it stayed in the 70's during the day and dropped down to the low 40's at night. Dave and I taught Jake how to play cribbage and he has picked it up really fast. Of course we had some special hikes with Max around our area to hunt the elusive alligators, rhinos, dinosaurs and other creatures from Max's amazing imagination.
There are some pictures at Flickr of our trip, some of them are mine but Chris and Dave contributed a few also. I hope you will check them out and enjoy them. The only thing we regretted was not having Chuck there this year, we missed him terribly and will make sure he gets the time off next year.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Full story at GoDucks.com
EUGENE -- University of Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti officially opened his 12th season as the school’s head coach when he welcomed 101 players for the start of practice for the 2006 season Monday as the Ducks seek an encore to last year’s 10-2 finish.
Oregon will hold split practice sessions for the first four days this week, with this year’s newcomers to be joined by approximately 29 returnees for a two-hour workout beginning at 12:15 p.m. The remainder of the veterans, including 13 returning starters from a year ago, will take to the practice field at 4:30 p.m. through Thursday. The full squad will come together for the first day in pads on Friday with the first of six two-a-day workouts slated for Saturday.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon football team begins the 2006 season ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Ducks received a total of 373 points in the poll, the third most of any Pac-10 team (#3 USC 1,348, #12 California 798).
Oregon marked one of three Pac-10 teams in the top 25 (Oregon, USC, California), and one of seven conference teams receiving votes (Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State) during the first week of voting.
Oregon’s week three opponent Oklahoma also started in the top 25, with 1,320 points and a No. 5 ranking.
Friday, August 04, 2006
The Yanks swept all three games from Toronto and now go on the road for the next 6 games with a 1 game lead in the A.L. East over Boston. The Yankees are on a roll having won 8 of their last 9 going into the home stretch of the season.
These last 2 months should be exciting as the Bronx Bombers have also added Craig Wilson from the Pirates to the lineup to bolster a depleted outfield corps.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
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