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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Oregon 44 - Washington 10

The Ducks sent the Huskies home with their tails tucked between their legs. On a cool, somewhat breezy evening, Oregon came away with their fifth straight win over our long time rivals from Seattle.

You have to give the defense a ton of credit for containing Locker and the Washington running game. The pass defense was as solid as advertised. Spencer Paysinger (replaced Kevin Garrett) was the surprise star for the defense with 12 tackles. Jake Locker cannot be effective unless he starts getting a lot more help from his O-line.

The merry-go-round at quarterback continues for the Ducks as Justin Roper went down with a mild concussion late in the second half. Jeremiah Masoli and Chris Harper filled in very nicely. They both had some early jitters but overcame them to give solid performances. Harper is going to be very special, the kid is very quick and elusive with the ball in his hands and a true freshman.

Jeremiah Johnson (pictured) is awesome and shows no signs of being hampered by his season ending surgery from last year. Blount didn't get very many carries but showed that he can power the ball with defenders hanging on him. Wide receiver Terrence Scott played a big role as the QB's threw to him most of the game, and rightfully so. Jaison Williams dropped a TD pass but flew down the left sideline for a TD later in the game after receving a short screen pass from Masoli with no Dawg defenders to be found anywhere.

The special teams were exceptional. Matt Evensen kept kicking it deep or completely out of the endzone on kickoffs but did miss a short field goal attempt and an extra point. Josh Syria averaged 43 yds. per punt which frequently kept the Dawgs pinned inside their 20 yd. line. Sure-handed Jairus Byrd returned five punts for 78 yds. and almost broke free for a TD when he ran it back 51 yards. The cover guys for punts and kickoffs held the Huskies to a skimpy 37 yards in 6 tries.

It was a satisfying start to the season to say the least. Oregon will be back at Autzen next Saturday to face Utah St.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

It's here Duck fans, gameday. Bring on the dogs and the other Dawgs. We'll be heading out to Autzen this afternoon for some pregame festivities.

There is a light rain and a moderate breeze (15 mph) this morning in Eugene but it will taper off and be gone by 10am. I have added a picture of the game time forecast (below.)

It was reported yesterday evening that Fenuki Tupou, the Oregon left tackle, has been suspended for this game because of violating eligibility by-laws. Look for Max Unger to take his spot and Jeff Kendall to handle the center position.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

It's pretty quiet with just a little over 24 hours until kick-off. The team practiced yesterday in shells and will be conducting a walk through today.

There are no new reports of injury so the depth chart will remain the same.

The Pac-10 opener was last night as Oregon State visited Stanford. The Beavers were plagued with turnovers as they lost 28-36.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Nate Costa had surgery yesterday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Doctors also found another tear in his anterior cruciate ligament.

Doctors repaired the ACL, but Costa will not play this season. He will be on crutches for about a month and then back to rehab again. We wish him a speedy recovery.

The Ducks announced yesterday that Patrick Chung will be wearing Todd Doxey's number 29 this week. While Chung gets the honor first (rightfully so), #29 will alternate between different players each week.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Oregon Football - Lockdown Mode

If you do a little web surfing about the Ducks or Huskies, then no doubt you have read all the predictions, seen the point spread, know the preseason rankings and have digested all the breakdowns for Washington and Oregon.

At this point it is all speculation. No one is proven, no team has seen battle and been tested. Do all the scouting and scheming you like, anything can happen in the Pac-10 on any given gameday (Stanford-USC last year.)

I believe it will come down to what it always does. Play outstanding defense, control the tempo and turnover ratio, mix up your plays on offense, be special on special teams and keep Jake Locker flat on his back behind the line of scrimmage.

I truly believe that Oregon will be prepared and fired up. Autzen Stadium will be deafening and a young Husky team will crumble under the pressure.

My prediction?

Oregon 38 - Washington 21


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

A couple of newsworthy items that came out late yesterday.

The University of Oregon announced that they have reached an agreement to televise University of Oregon sports, including comprehensive live coverage of Oregon football, basketball, track and field and baseball.

Comcast SportsNet will be televising the OSN broadcasts of three live football games; Sept. 6 vs. Utah State at 12:30, Sept. 13 vs. Boise State at 12:30 p.m., and the Sept. 27 contest at Washington State at 3:15 p.m. Comcast agreed to have FOX TV KLSR EUGENE simulcast these three live football games in order to fully serve the Ducks' home market.

Visit their website for all of the information (there are a lot more details.)

The Charlotte Observer reported that the Carolina Panthers have signed veteran WR Samie Parker, who was released by Denver on Monday.

Sammie needs one more year to be eligible for an NFL pension. He should fit in well with the three other Duck alumni, Jonathan Stewart, Geoff Schwartz and Dante Rosario. Good luck Sammie.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Patrick Chung Highlight Reel

You can count on one thing this Saturday, Patrick Chung will be ready and waiting for the Dawgs.

Warning: explicit language in the video.


Oregon Ducks: News of the Day

Justin Thompson is reported to be heading to Eugene no later than this weekend. He is the JC transfer defensive tackle from a SoCal community college. He had transcript issues for some of his classes but they have been cleared up. This is good news for the defense if he is in shape and learns the playbook quickly.

In the weekly Pac-10 conference call, Oregon coach Mike Bellotti revealed that he would like to get backup QB Jeremiah Masoli some playing time this week in at least one series. He also stated that JC transfer Ellis Krout has been suspended for the game for breaking team rules. Filling in for him this week will be true freshman receiver Garrett Embry.

Andy McNamara has a fun Q&A with former Duck and now Carolina Panther Geoff Schwartz, check it out.

The guys over at Addicted to Quack are running a series of videos this week about memorable moments in the long running series with the Huskies.

Allison Ross lands a Q&A with the infamous (The Pick) Kenny Wheaton on her blog, very entertaining stuff.


Monday, August 25, 2008

Costa Out 8-10 Weeks

It has been reported that Nate Costa will miss at least 8-10 weeks to surgically repair damaged cartilage in his left knee.

I feel sorry for Nate, he has gone through the ringer with injuries. Hopefully he can come back strong later in the season.

In the meantime, the depth chart at QB looks like this: Roper-1, Masoli-2 and Harper 3rd.

In other news, Kevin Garrett was dismissed from the team.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Roper Gets The Call

It looks like Roper will be the starting quarterback when the Ducks take on the Dawgs in the season opener next Saturday.

According to Rob Moseley at the Register Guard, when Mike Bellotti was asked about the QB situation yesterday he said, "I don't think Nate (Costa) is going to be available this week. We'll know more about his long-term prognosis either later today or sometime Sunday ... I don't know for sure when our doctor is going to be back to examine him ... I'm not rulling Nate out, but at this point, he's doubtful for this game."

I don't know about the rest of you but I am comfortable with Roper leading this team. He has proven himself during the regular season, the bowl game and the last two scrimmages.


Jonathan Stewart - Panther Touchdown Run

The former Oregon standout and rookie with the Carolina Panthers had a breakaway run for 50 yards and a touchdown last night in preseason action against the Redskins.

Nice to see JStew having some early success. The Panthers ended up crushing the Redskins 47-3.

Keep it going Snoop!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Gameday Weather

I know it's a little early to count on this 100% but the weather for next Saturday's game against the Huskies is looking fantastic. Of course, I'm not too worried because, "it never rains at Autzen Stadium."


Ducks Final Scrimmage Results

Oregon held their final scrimmage yesterday in preparation for the season opener against Washington.

LeGarrette Blount (pictured) ran for 85 yards on his first two carries, including a 29 yd. touchdown run.

Justin Roper started the day by moving the first team offense 80 yards on a touchdown drive. The final play was a Roper romp for 29 yards to score.

On defense, Scott Grady stole the show by intercepting a Chris Harper pass and running it back 99 yards for a touchdown. He also had a blocked field goal attempt and three tackles.

Matt Simms led the tacklers with five, including two sacks and four tackles for a loss of 21 yards.

Seven days and counting, I can't wait.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Dawgs vs Ducks 2008 Preview Video

I posted this last year (I edited the date in this version) and thought it was a good time to get into the right frame of mind for the upcoming game against Washington.

I'll do a little piece on my prediction for the game next week. In the meantime, enjoy the video.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nate Costa Injured

There are reports coming out that Nate Costa was injured in practice yesterday afternoon. Coach Mike Bellotti is scheduled to have a news conference later today.

Reports are coming from here and here.

Hopefully he will be alright.


Ducks First 6 games - Times and TV Networks

Date Opponent Location Time (PST) Results Media
Sat, Aug 30 Washington * Eugene, Ore. 7 p.m. PT
Sat, Sep 06 Utah State Eugene, Ore. 12:30 p.m. PT
Sat, Sep 13 Purdue at West Lafayette, Ind. 12:30 p.m. PT
Sat, Sep 20 Boise State Eugene, Ore. 12:30 p.m. PT
Sat, Sep 27 Washington State * at Pullman, Wash. 3:15 p.m. PT
FSN Northwest
Sat, Oct 04 USC * at Los Angeles, Calif. 5 p.m. PT

This information is valid for the local Eugene area. Times and some networks will have to be adjusted for your area.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

McKenzie River Fishing Trip

Chris, Dave and I made a quick trip up the Mckenzie yesterday afternoon to do a little fishing. Turned out to be about 90 minutes of awesome fishing.

Dave's "secret spot" produced again. We limited out and headed back to town. These were just planters but they'll taste mighty good after a ride in the smoker. I only took 3 photos and they are over at Flickr.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Nick Reed Named to Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

It was announced today that Nick Reed, senior defensive end for the Ducks, has been named to the prestigious Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list.

This is the 4th oldest award in college football. The list will be cut to the top 15 in November.


American Idol Season 7 Recap

If you watched this last seasons Idol (I'm sorry) then you will appreciate this video. It's rather long but funny as hell.

Remembering Todd Doxey with Helmet Sticker

To honor the tragic loss of Todd Doxey, Oregon announced that they will issue the football team helmet stickers like the one pictured here. They are also considering letting one member of the team wear his number on their jersey each week.

Bob Rickert over at the OregonLive Duck Blog also had a good idea. "Rotate the number 29 this year. Then every year from here on out, give 29 to the underclassman in the secondary who the coaches feel had the best camp. Make it a competition to wear that number and carry the tradition forward. Javes Lewis might be a candidate for wearing it this year. He's played really well."

Excellent ideas.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ducks Saturday Scrimmage

Oregon had a scrimmage yesterday and from the sounds of things, the defense outshone the offense. This follows the usual pattern of fall practices in my opinion. It always takes a little longer for the offense to come together.

On the offensive side, Roper had the best performance at the QB position with 3 TD's to Costa's zero. Keep in mind that Roper was up against the 2nd team defense. Blount was not as effective as he was in the Spring game, but he was playing against the first team defense and in the spring he was going against third and fourth team defenses.

For an in depth look at all of the positions check out Rob Moseley's piece on his blog.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

Poll Results

Who will win the starting QB position for 2008?
Answer Votes
Justin Roper: 18
Nathan Costa: 60
Darron Thomas: 10
Chris Harper: 4
Jeremiah Masoli: 9

Nate Costa easily won this poll by a margin of 42 over Justin Roper. The question for the next poll is, "Who will win the Oregon vs Washington game?"

I bet I can guess the results for this poll. Let the voting begin.


Preseason Top 25 AP Poll Released

Not that you can put a ton of credit in preseason polls but the AP released their version today. The Ducks are at 21st, one worse than the USA/Today poll that came out a couple of weeks ago.

One note of interest is the position in each poll of South Florida. The AP has them two better than Oregon and the USA/Today had them one worse. I think the USA/Today was more accurate. Of course, I might be slightly biased.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Dennis Dixon Scores TD in Pre-Season Action

The Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Buffalo Bills yesterday in NFL pre-season action. It looks like Dixon has recovered well from his season ending injury last year. Here he cruises down the sideline for 47 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers ended up losing the game 24-21.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Day Trip

Dave & I went on our annual Clear Lake trip this morning. The fishing was really hot when we first got there and slowly dwindled as time went on. We called it a day about 10:30 after catching 7. I took a few photos and they are over at Flickr if you would like to see them.

Monday, August 11, 2008


ManCamp08 is in the books. It was quite the year, filled with all the good times we normally have and an unfortunate accident that put a damper on  Friday night and Saturday morning. Bob took a tumble down an embankment and messed up his thumb and put a nasty gash in his head.
We got him fixed up and he will be okay, which was a relief. The Middle Fork of the Willamette wasn't exactly "hot" for fishing but Dave did manage to catch one rainbow. You can see all the photos over at Flickr.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Scoreboard Update

The new scoreboard is up and running as of yesterday. Check out this video on the Register Guards website. This thing is HUGE!


p.s. ManCamp08 starts today, be back Monday.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Birds at Delta Ponds

I rode my bike to Delta Ponds this morning and took a few photos. I am pretty sure this a Great Blue Heron, if I am wrong leave a comment. If you would like to see all the photos they are on my Flickr site.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Possible JC Transfer - Linebacker Tyrell Irvin

Some breaking news (here, here & here) that won't be officially confirmed until Monday. JC transfer student Tyrell Irvin arrived on campus yesterday and has registered for classes.

Irvin, a 6'1", 220lb. 4 star linebacker from Mt. San Antonio JC in California. Several teams showed interest in Irvin including, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

If this turns out to be reliable it couldn't come at a better time. Kevin Garrett's recent suspension has left some questions at the LB position. Irvin at least would supply another backup if needed.

August 6 - Tyrell's officially on the team, good news.


Pre Season Top 25 Poll Released

The USA Today poll was released yesterday. The coaches have Oregon at 20th. Other teams from the Pac-10 include USC and the #2 spot and Arizona State at #16.

From all of the predictions I have read for the Pac-10 it seems to me that the Ducks should at least be a couple of spots higher. Guess you can tell I have high expectations.