Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Well, guess who it is! Captain Jack Sparrow and Jason from Friday The 13th. We all had a ton of fun "Trick or Treating" last night. It was a little cold but we managed to haul in a cubic butt load of candy.
We made a trip to the mall after "Trick or Treating" and Max wanted to stop by the Disney store to show them how his costume looked. They said it was the best they had seen all day. The people at the Disney store liked his costume so much they took his picture to hang up on their wall.
The loss of Brown also means it is likely that true freshman Andre Crenshaw will be brought out of his redshirt status. Jones has been hampered all season after injuring his ankle prior to the opening game. After continued evaluation, there is now the recommendation for surgery, though Bellotti said Jones was going to get a second opinion before going ahead with the operation.
Oregon linebackers Jerome Boyd (knee) and Brent Haberly (arm) were in drills Monday, though only Boyd is considered a possibility to play Saturday against Washington. Also back in drills were starting offensive linemen Geoff Schwartz (back) and Josh Tschirgi (ankle), who missed the Portland State game.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Andiel Brown (pictured), who made a strong claim to the job of returning punts for the Ducks on Saturday against Portland State, suffered a broken bone in his left hand during the second half, though he continued to play.
Brown will be out a minimum of two games, and then "will play with a splint or cast of some type" on the hand, UO coach Mike Bellotti said during his Sunday teleconference.
The punt returner will now be Jeremiah Johnson, Patrick Chung or Walter Thurmond III, coach Bellotti said.Jonathan Stewart is "sore" in the abdominal area, with either a muscle strain or possible rib cartilage damage. With Stewart's status in obvious question and with Brown now out - along with Chris Vincent being lost earlier to an injury - it brings true freshman Andre Crenshaw closer to making his college debut.
The Huskies also have some definite injury issues, highlighted by whether Carl Bonnell will be recovered enough from a concussion suffered Saturday in a loss to Arizona State to be able to play against the Ducks. If Bonnell isn't cleared to play - and he also has an ailing shoulder - then the Washington quarterback will be Johnny DuRocher, who transferred from Oregon two falls ago.
More updates as the week progresses and players status made public.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Stewart suffered an abdominal strain after his first carry when he was dragged well out of bounds by Portland State safety Charles Manigo.
The constant chorus of boos and chants of BS after the play didn't sway the refs to throw a flag on the play either. Bellotti was more that a little "p.o. ed" that no penalty was enforced.
Jeremiah went on to run for 86 yards and 3 touchdowns. The offensive play calling in the first half was a little suspect (in my opinion) but the defense came to play. Especially in the second half , PSU could only come up with 62 offensive yards and never made it beyond their own 46 yard line.
Jaison Williams had eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown, his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season. Dennis Dixon was 13/23 for 150 yards and a TD. Brady Leaf was 4/9 for 34 yards and ran for a TD. It was good to see Andiel Brown returning punts for the Ducks, he did a great job and earned some playing time at RB also.
Kudos to the Beavers as they took down #3 USC 33-31! Next week Washington comes to town and Autzen should rock. It is always a raucous affair when we play host to the Dawgs.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Today’s 4:00 pm PDT game at Autzen Stadium is all about how big the point spread will be. Looking in from the outside, you would think that #25 Oregon would come out firing and never let up.
Last weeks exasperating loss to Wazoo fresh in the back of their minds should make for some good times today for the Ducks. Oregon may give additional work to backup quarterback Brady Leaf (pictured) against the Viks, although Dennis Dixon will still be the starter, coach Mike Bellotti said.
The I-AA Vikings (5-3, 3-2 Big Sky) will be hungry for another win after coming off a 34-0 shutout of Eastern Washington. Senior running back Mu'Ammar Ali ran for 160 yards and two scores. Tremayne Kirkland had five catches for 120 yards and Sawyer Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 199 yards and a score.
Game time weather in Eugene should be perfect, 61 degrees and sunny. Oregon by 38.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
You could assemble a pretty decent defense with the Ducks currently battling long-term injuries. Cole Linehan, Ra'Shon Harris, Jeremy Gibbs and Victor Filipe on the line. Haberly, Jerome Boyd and Jason Turner at linebacker. Jackie Bates, Jameel Dowling and Terrell Ward in the secondary.
It's not quite 11, but it's a substantial number. Throw in a few offensive players - running back Chris Vincent, a couple of receivers, two offensive linemen - and the Ducks are a hurting bunch entering Saturday's 4 p.m. game with Portland State in Autzen Stadium.
If there is a silver lining, Bellotti said, it's that many of the injured Ducks out for multiple games are at least expected to return this season. Harris and Gibbs might play Saturday, Boyd and receiver Cameron Colvin are projected back for the Washington game a week later, and Haberly hopes to play a week after that at USC.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
The game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate. The Coug's came to play and the Duck's didn't. Their defense, led by DE Mkristo Bruce and safety Eric Frampton (#37 in the picture) stopped the running game, the passing game and put pressure on our QB all day.
The Duck defense couldn't stop Alex Brink's passing game. His favorite targets of this game were TE Jed Collins and WR Michael Bumpus. For the most part, Brink had all day to pick apart the Oregon defense.
The bright spot for Oregon on a beautiful day in Pullman? Brady Leaf's efforts in the final quarter. He hooked up with Jordan Kent for two touchdowns. You have to hand it to the Cougar's, they played an inspired game.
Time to move on. Back home to Eugene next week as Portland State comes to Autzen. I think the Duck's will come out and play with fearless abandon. They have a lot to prove to themselves.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Play with confidence, step up on defense, limit the turnovers, when we have the ball, keep their defense confused and we will come away with a win. These games with Wazoo tend to be high scoring and very close at the finish. I look for the Ducks to win by 3.
A couple of last minute updates on who will not be going to the game. Jeremy Gibbs, Cameron Colvin, Terrell Ward and Jameel Dowling are still nursing nagging injuries and will remain in Eugene. Thankfully, the replacements for these players have stepped up to the challenge and helped the Ducks to their current 5-1 record.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
This will change next year when the Cougs will come to Eugene and we travel to Seattle.
The 16th-ranked Ducks (5-1 overall, 3-1 in the Pac-10) are an early 5 1/2 -point favorite in this game (I figure it for a 3 point win by the Ducks), set for a 2 p.m. kickoff with no live telecast currently scheduled.
Who won't make the trip to the Palouse? Senior Chris Vincent, the No. 3 tailback, suffered a torn ligament in his right ankle against UCLA and will require surgery, ending his season.
That loss could be partially offset by the return of cornerbacks Jameel Dowling and Terrell Ward, and receivers Cameron Colvin and Derrick Jones.
One position Oregon is unsure of this week is punt returner. Jeremiah Johnson dropped another punt Saturday and the Bruins recovered to set up a 19-yard touchdown drive, at a time when the game would have probably been over without that turnover.
"I want people who can catch the football, secure the football and get up the field, and we'll find the person who can do that," Bellotti said. Possible replacements include, Derrick Jones, Walter Thurmond III, Patrick Chung and reserve running back Andiel Brown.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- There were no fancy plays or controversies in Oregon's victory over UCLA, only workmanlike efficiency.
The No. 18 Ducks put together a solid 30-20 win over the Bruins today.
Going into the game, UCLA (4-2, 2-2) led the Pac-10 and was ranked second nationally in run defense, allowing 50 yards a game. Ducks ran for 256.
"We usually have stopped the run, and we did not do that today," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. "When you get an offense running and passing like that it makes it a lot harder for your defense to attack."
"Getting back home after a couple of road games, and a tough loss last weekend, we wanted to come out and set the tone," Oregon linebacker Blair Phillips said. "I think we did that today."
Great game Ducks. On to Pullman next Saturday to meet the Cougars.
Keys for today:
* Limit RB Chris Markey (picture from 2004, J.D. defending)
* Pressure QB Patrick Cowan (first start, he'll be nervous)
* Create turnovers
* Establish running game
* Mix it up, keep the defense confused
* No turnovers
This sounds simple enough, we'll see how the Ducks execute. The biggest difference this week? The 12th man on the field, the Autzen fans.
My prediction: Oregon 38 - UCLA 28
Friday, October 13, 2006
Updated: 7:10 PM, Thursday, October 12, 2006
Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti said Thursday that center Enoka Lucas (pictured) and receiver Garren Strong will both play in Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. game against UCLA in Autzen Stadium.
Lucas missed a handful of plays but returned after injuring his knee against California last weekend, while Strong missed the trip entirely with a groin injury.
Bellotti said no players who had yet to practice this week returned Thursday, which would seem to cast doubt on the availability of receiver Cameron Colvin (hamstring) and placekicker Paul Martinez (hip) for this week’s game.
The practices both Wednesday and Thursday were closed to the public, but Colvin and Martinez were not in uniform for the start of Wednesday’s workout, and Bellotti said then that each could only be considered “possible” participants against the Bruins.
Defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs (ankle) has practiced the past two days and is expected to play Saturday.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Some material for this post came from the Register Guard:
Oregon has some obvious areas of concern that require more work in practice, but there's also a long list of injured Ducks.
"How do you get healthy and how do you get better?" UO coach Mike Bellotti said Monday. "I'm trying to figure that one out."
The issue particularly relates to Oregon's special teams. Bellotti said to improve coverage of punts and kickoffs, the 18th-ranked Ducks (4-1 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10) need to practice at full speed "to simulate game conditions, and those are high-speed collisions that can result in injury, so you're always leery of doing that."
Bellotti said the punting job is a competition again this week between Aaron Knowles (pictured) and Matt Dragich, who punted in the first four games, the coach was satisfied with the performance of Knowles against the Bears. He averaged 38.8 yards, with a long punt of 48 yards.
Paul Martinez is doubtful for the UCLA game, so Matt Evensen can prepare this week to handle the field goal attempts and extra points as well as kickoffs.
On the UCLA side, quarterback Patrick Cowan will make his first collegiate start Saturday against the Ducks. An MRI on Ben Olson's knee Monday showed a tear of the MCL. The injury does not require surgery but he will be sidelined at least four weeks, UCLA officials said. UCLA starting middle linebacker Christian Taylor is questionable against the Ducks with an ankle injury. He has been the No. 3 tackler among Bruins through five games.
We can only hope that all the work the Ducks do this week will pay dividends come Saturday. Looks like the weather will cooperate also with the projected forecast in the upper 60's.
Oregon went into preparations for Saturday's home game against UCLA with one significant question: Who quarterbacks the Bruins?
Ben Olson, the sophomore starter, suffered a knee injury Saturday against Arizona so Patrick Cowan (pictured), also a sophomore, took over and led the Bruins to a 27-7 victory. Olson was due for an MRI on his left knee yesterday, but the preliminary diagnosis is that he'll miss the trip to Eugene.
"We'll prepare for the system," UO coach Mike Bellotti said, but which quarterback plays does matter. Olson throws with his left hand while Cowan is a right-handed passer.Cowan had thrown only three passes in games this season until he replaced Olson on the second series against Arizona. Cowan promptly completed his first four passes on a touchdown drive, and finished 20-of-29 for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
How the Ducks (4-1 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10) defend Cowan will only be a portion of their assignment in Oregon's first home game since Sept. 16.
After holding Arizona to 222 yards of total offense, UCLA's defensive unit is allowing an average of 221.6 yards of offense to five opponents, and no team has gained as much as 300 yards on the Bruins (4-1, 2-1) this season.
"They're a much more active defense ... they've improved," Bellotti said of the Bruins, who didn't play the Ducks in 2005. Most of that improvement on defense, the Oregon coach said, comes in a bigger and more experienced front four.
"Their defensive line has grown up and grown out," Bellotti said.Oregon has there work cut out for them this week but I am confident they will come away with a win. The first offensive series for the Ducks will tell a lot on Saturday. No turnovers!
Sunday, October 08, 2006
I think that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game. It gave Cal a ton of confidence early and did just the opposite for Oregon. The Ducks could not get into any kind of rhythm. The offensive line got pushed around and the defense didn't put any pressure on Nate Longshore (pictured).
The Ducks secondary got it's first big test and they got picked apart. I honestly believe that the "Real Ducks" didn't show up last night. They are better than that. Not to take anything away from Cal, they were awesome. With all of the young players we have on defense, I think the wind was just knocked out of their sails in the early minutes of the game and they didn't play to their potential.
Time to focus on the next game. Back to the friendly confines of Autzen next Saturday against the UCLA Bruins.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Strong was kept in Eugene with a groin injury, while the Ducks chose to travel with Aaron Knowles as their punter instead of Dragich, who has struggled this season.
Defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs, who missed last week’s game against Arizona State with an ankle injury, did travel with Oregon.GO DUCKS!
Friday, October 06, 2006
The Bears have scored more than 40 points in each game of current four-game winning streak. Defensively, California leads the league in passes intercepted with eight. All-Pac-10 CB Daymeion Hughes is the individual leader with five of those picks, two of them returned for TDs. QB Nate Longshore leads the league in pass efficiency (174.6) and TD passes (14). Wide receiver DeSean Jackson leads league in TD receptions with seven. Taiback Marshawn Lynch has four straight 100-yard rushing games and is averaging 111.0. Head coach Jeff Tedford is 37-18 overall since taking over in Berkeley and has led the Bears to four straight winning seasons and three straight bowl games. Longshore has been named offensive Pac-10 Player of the week twice already this season.
The Ducks will have to have one of their best games tomorrow. No turnovers, tight defense, a mix of running and passing on offense and a solid special teams effort. I think the 2 J's will loosen up the Cal defense allowing Dixon to pick apart the secondary. Cal will probably focus on Jaison Williams (pictured) but Oregon has a surplus of receivers who can take up the slack. Look for plenty of offense from both teams and a close finish.
Oregon 38 - Cal 35
Eugene -- Three of the University of Oregon’s four remaining home football games vs. UCLA, Portland State and Arizona will all be televised live throughout the state, prompting a time change for the Oct. 28 game against the Vikings.
The Ducks’ next game Oct. 14 against UCLA has been chosen to be televised by ABC as part of the Pacific-10 Conference’s television agreement with the network, with kickoff to remain at 12:30 p.m.
Oregon’s games vs. Portland State and Arizona (Nov. 18) will be televised by the Oregon Sports Network, with game time against the Vikings changed to 4 p.m. Kickoff for the Arizona game will remain at 12:30 p.m.
The Oregon Sports Network affiliates include KEZI (9) in Eugene-Springfield, KRCW (CW 32) in Portland, KDRV in Medford, KOHD in Bend and KDKF in Klamath Falls. In addition, all Oregon Sports Network telecasts can be viewed online through the O-Zone subscription option of the athletic department’s official website, www.GoDucks.com .
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Oregon’s battered defensive line, weakened from injuries as the Ducks prepare to face Cal in Berkeley, Calif., at 5 p.m. on Saturday, may get a boost from the return of Jeremy Gibbs, UO coach Mike Bellotti said.
Gibbs started three games at tackle before an ankle injury caused him to miss last week’s game at Arizona State. But Bellotti said Gibbs would practice Thursday and was considered “probable” to play Saturday.
End Victor Filipe, on the other hand, is “doubtful” due to his lingering elbow injury, Bellotti said. Already sidelined are tackles Ra’Shon Harris (triceps) and Cole Linehan (foot).
Running back Jonathan Stewart, who sat out Tuesday’s workout, practiced Wednesday and is “ready to go,” Bellotti said.For Dave's take on the upcoming game, be sure to check out his blog: As Seen By Dave
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
“We have to be very careful and very concerned about the way we punt the ball and the way we cover it,” UO coach Mike Bellotti said.
The Ducks only punted three times against ASU, but two of the punts turned into adventures for Oregon. One punt by Matt Dragich (pictured) only went nine yards, while another was returned 21 yards by the Sun Devils.
“We missed an open-field tackle (on the returned punt) and we didn’t have enough hang time on the punt,” Bellotti said. “Hang time is the most important thing on punts, direction is not as important. If it hangs up there long enough, you can get down there and defeat the protection and cover the ball.”
Cal has a very impressive punt returner in DeSean Jackson who is averaging 12.7 yards on his 12 returns, including an 80-yard return for a touchdown.
I figure Bellotti and the other Oregon coaches will work all week on this aspect of the Oregon game. We will see if the extra work turns into results come Saturday night.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Updated: 2:11 PM, Monday, October 2, 2006
Oregon defensive end Dexter Manley II (pictured), who had three of Oregon’s six quarterback sacks in a win over Arizona State, has been named national defensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
It was the first extensive action of the season for Manley, a junior college transfer. The UO defensive line has been ravaged by a series of injuries, the latest being Cole Linehan lost to a broken bone in his right foot.
Oregon also learned Monday that its home game on Oct. 14 against UCLA will be televised live by ABC, with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff in Autzen Stadium.
That will make it the sixth consecutive Oregon game to open the season that has been selected for a telecast by one of the networks. Including its appearance on ABC this Saturday at California, for a 5 p.m. kickoff, the Ducks will have been on ABC five times and ESPN2 once in the first half of the season.
Oregon also is already assured of games Nov. 11 at USC and Nov. 24 at Oregon State being televised.GO DUCKS !
Sunday, October 01, 2006
I uploaded some new photos to Flickr this morning. A few are from Jake's birthday party last weekend and yesterday Noah came to watch the Duck game with us.
We were treated to some big smiles from little Noah who was an angel all through the game even though we were being a little loud during the Duck's romp.
Enjoy all the photos at Flickr.