Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Good news for those of us that like late games at Autzen. The next home game against UCLA on Oct. 11th is set to start at 7:15 pm on the west coast. Plenty of time to enjoy a festive tailgate party. It will also be telecast on FSN.
I taped the WSU game and will do a highlight video in the near future. My abundance of free time suddenly dried up as I started a new job yesterday so I will try to get it done this coming weekend.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Bellotti was also very happy with how the team performed this last weekend noting only two areas that need some improvement. "Kickoffs, kickoff coverage and passing accuracy could have been a little better."
Oregon also left Pullman with only one injury of concern. The knee injury suffered by backup defensive end Terrell Turner.
You can bet that the Ducks will need all the practice time they can get as USC will be in a foul mood after losing to the Beavs (great game Beaver fans!)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The game was decided early as Oregon scored 21 unanswered points in the first 8.5 minutes after recovering WSU fumbles on their first two possessions.
Jeremiah Masoli ran the Oregon offense efficiently, completing 16 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Jaison Williams was the leading receiver catching four passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon owned the turnover battle. They never lost the ball and recovered two fumbles (Nick Reed and Jairus Byrd) and intercepted (Walter Thurmond III) two Marshall Lobbestael passes.
This was a nice win for Oregon and will give them some confidence as they prepare to take on USC next week in LA. It will be fun to see how the polls shake out today as six teams in the top 25 lost against unranked opponents. The USC game will be played at 5:00 pm PDT and broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have added the new poll for this coming week. You are asked your opinion on who will have the most rushing yards against USC. Let the voting begin.
Look for the Ducks to try and get off to a fast start today after not doing so in the last two games. The uni's have been kept under wraps this week except they will be wearing the dark green helmets as they did against the Huskies.
Coach Bellotti announced that junior wide receiver Rory Cavaille, senior fullback Matt Larkin, junior linebacker Riley Showalter and senior offensive lineman Jon Teague and been offered one year scholarships. Very classy move for these four walk-ons as they worked hard all year.
Friday, September 26, 2008
WSU will be starting third string redshirt freshmen Marshall Lobbestael after losing their top two QB's last weekend against Portland State.
Lobbestael was impressive against PSU but will face his first Pac-10 opponent when he lines up against Oregon. WSU has been labeled as the worst team in the Pac-10 but the Ducks always expect a hard contest everytime they travel to the Palouse.
Oregon will likely start Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback and look for the secondary to try and redeem themselves after last weeks loss. It still has not been announced if Walter Thurmond III will start but his presence would be a huge benefit.
The oddsmakers have Oregon as 21 point favorites. Since 2000 we have played at Pullman six times, going 3-3. Out of the three wins, we won by a combined total of 13 points. I expect Oregon to win this game but not by a wide margin.
Oregon 24 - WSU 21
Eddie Pleasant, a redshirt freshman linebacker, was cited by Springfield police for reckless driving and speed racing. Pleasant, 19, and sophomore receiver Jamere Holland, 20, will miss Saturday's game because of injuries suffered in the accident. Freshman quarterback Darron Thomas was also a passenger but only received a bruised elbow on his throwing arm. Thomas will make the trip to Pullman.
Pleasant required 75 stitches to close a gash on his forehead and Holland suffered a concussion. Both were admitted to a hospital and released Thursday morning.
How about the Beavers last night? USC's chances to make it to Miami for the national championship game are slim and none. The bad thing for Oregon is we are going to the Coliseum next weekend. Think the Trojans will be looking for a little revenge? Yeah, me too.
Hopefully, a win tomorrow against Wazoo will give Oregon some much needed confidence before traveling to LA.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
That isn't a guarantee he will play though as he was in pads and practiced last Wednesday also. I am sure the team is anxious to get him back, the Palouse is always a tough place to play.
Justin Roper did not practice which officially takes him out of consideration for the trip.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
In my last post I mentioned the flagrant hits during the Boise St. game. Back on Sept. 25, 2007 the defensive backs coach for the Broncos was quoted in an article published by the Idaho Statesman newspaper. The quote is referring to Jeron Johnson, their safety. The same player ejected for the hit on Ed Dickson during the game last Saturday. You can see the complete article here.
Here is the quote:
"He needs to be a head-hunter type guy," defensive backs coach Marcel Yates said. "When he was in high school, he used to fly around the field and just make plays. He's not at that point yet. Can he be? Yes, I think he can."
Coaches should not be condoning this type of play.
Coach Bellotti is refraining from naming Masoli as the "official" starter for the WSU game but it was clear that Masoli was leading the race.
I was at the game and missed the replay on DuckVision of the late hit against Masoli but reviewed it yesterday as I had taped the game. It's really amazing that Masoli recovered so quickly, it was a brutal and flagrant attempt to injure him. Bellotti, earlier this week, submitted an official complaint to the Pac-10 commissioners office.
The Cougars face a similar situation as they have lost QB Gary Rogers after his college career ended with a spinal injury on a hit that drew a penalty flag on a Portland State defender.
It's clearly time for officials, commissioners, and everybody involved with college football to put in rule changes that have severe penalties (that are enforced) for players guilty of "head hunting." This needs to be a top priority before somebody's life is put in jeopardy.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
“The deal was, I would keep it as long as we won,” Bellotti said. “And it hadn’t grown on me that much.”
Justin Roper wasn't in pads, has a smaller brace on his knee and was throwing balls on the sideline. Masoli, Thomas and Harper split reps with the number one offense. Masoli was limited so Thomas and Harper got the most reps.
There was a heavy emphasis on special team play at practice after a poor performance against Boise State. Walter Thurmond III sat out, but that isn't unusual for a Monday, hopefully he'll be back today.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Due to his stellar fourth quarter performance against Boise St., true freshman quarterback, Darron Thomas (pictured), will be splitting time with Jeremiah Masoli this week in preparation for the WSU game coming up on Saturday. Chris Harper will be used in certain situations and take limited snaps at practice.
On the opposite side of the ball, Bellotti was very happy with the defensive line which limited Boise St. to a paltry 38 yards rushing and making them very "one dimensional." "The problem was we didn't handle the other dimension." Expect the defense to work very hard this week on reading offensive sets.
On injuries, Bellotti said Masoli was recovering quickly from his mild concussion, Roper was "more doubtful than probable" for WSU and Walter Thurmond III should be back this week.
I really have a good feeling about Thomas/Masoli running the spread offense Chip Kelly has designed. We'll see how this sorts out but I am very optimistic.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The Ducks loss yesterday was disappointing to say the least. Whether it was a lack of planning, execution or imagination is hard to say. There were some bright spots though. LaGarratte Blount's touchdown run in the first quarter was an ESPN highlight reel moment.
Darron Thomas' play in the fourth quarter was impressive, especially considering the Broncos were in a prevent defense knowing we had to pass to score quickly. As far as I am concerned Thomas is our future at QB.
Let's hope the Ducks are better prepared for next weeks game at Pullman when we face WSU. The Cougars don't look like such a pushover considering what we saw yesterday.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The biggest hurdle for the Ducks is settling their quarterback play until Roper comes back. Jeremiah Masoli was an effective passer against Washington in the season opener, but the offense was out of rhythm at times with him behind center against Utah State.
Chris Harper has been an effective option runner, but his only passes came against the Aggies after the game was well in hand. It is probable that the two will rotate behind center with Masoli attempting most of the passes and Harper doing most of the running. It is vital that no matter who is taking the snaps from center that the rhythm and timing be there for Oregon’s offense to be effective.
Boise State will come to Eugene as an underdog despite Roper’s injury, but this is a big game for the Broncos. The Mountain West has been getting a lot of attention lately with some big wins and a victory against the Ducks could put them in the top 25.
The Broncos would love nothing more than an upset against the Ducks to strengthen their recruiting, while Oregon needs to sweep their non-conference games to have momentum going into the toughest part of their schedule.
You will probably see a heavy dose of Jeremiah Johnson and LaGarrette Blount for the Ducks, with Ian Johnson and Jeremy Avery for Boise St..
Expect the Ducks to load the box and leave the "D-Boyz" to protect the secondary and dare the Broncos QB to beat them with his arm. By the same token, Boise St. will likely take their chances and key on Johnson, Blount, and Harper until we can loosen them up with some completed passes.
The winner of this game will be the team that maintains the best balance on offense to loosen things up for their runners, and makes the fewest errors. Autzen will be the key difference this week.
I have the Ducks winning with a big second half performance: 35- 21.
No mention yet of who will get the honor of wearing #29 this week, in memory of Todd Doxey. My vote would be for Jarius Byrd as he was the main reason for our comeback win over Purdue. I'll have my weekly prediction later today and a look at what the weather should be like.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Very good news to say the least. I just hope they don't bring him back too soon. I seriously don't think we lose that much starting Masoli and Harper. Roper needs to be completely healed before returning as the starter. My guess is that if the Harper - and/or - Masoli duo, perform well, we won't see any action from Roper until the UCLA game on Oct. 11th.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thanks to everyone for a great night of poker. I think everyone had a good time! It was nice to see a new face at the table, I hope Bruce can make it back again someday. I would like to give special thanks to Jolene and Mom for dishing out some good grub!!! Let's see if we can't get another game in before the weather turns a little nasty. Have a good one!
GO DUCKS!!! Chris
Oregon escaped West Lafayette with a victory due in large part to the defense. Although they let Purdue get out to a 20-3 lead, it was the defense that gave the Ducks enough chances to slowly climb back into this game.
If I was giving out game balls, Jarius Byrd would get one for his defense and special teams play. With about one minute left in the first half, Byrd intercepted a Painter (Ducks first of the year)pass which led to an Oregon field goal making it 20-6 at the half way point. With 4:41 left in the third quarter, Byrd returned a Purdue punt 87 yards for the touchdown making it 20-13.
LaGarrette Blount gets my second game ball for his 2 touchdowns and 132 yards on 12 carries rushing performance. His second touchdown being the game winner in double OT. Kudos should also go to Matt Evensen whose field goals and extra points kept Oregon in the game.
Oregon looked pretty sloppy on offense in this game, something they will need to work on and learn from at practice this week. Justin Roper looks to be out 2-4 weeks with an MCL injury that was sustained in the 2nd OT.. He undergoes an MRI today and when his prognosis is released I will update the blog.
It won't get any easier next week as Oregon faces Boise St. at home. Game time is 12:30 PDT and will be telecast on OSN.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Photographs by Kevin Clark and Brian Davies of the Register Guard,
Music by Bon Jovi. Enjoy!
Monday, September 08, 2008
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Oregon coach Mike Bellotti announced this afternoon that sophomore quarterback Justin Roper is back at practice after passing a battery of tests this morning.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The new college football rankings are out (click picture to enlarge) and Oregon moved up four spots to 16th in the USA/Today poll and up three spots to 18th in the AP Poll. I think the coaches are closer to reality. The ESPN power rankings have the Ducks at 14th. USC moved up to first in both polls.
Normally, I would never root for a Rick Neuheisel team (too many bad memories) but their surprise win over the Volunteers just might help the Ducks in the long run (rankings.) Anytime a Pac-10 team, especially one not highly ranked, can knock off an overrated SEC team, it just makes my day.
The UCLA quarterback, Kevin Kraft, will have to throw the ball much better than he did last night. He gave up four interceptions in the first half. If he doesn't, our D-Boyz will have a field day when they come to Eugene on Oct. 11th.
Wondering about Utah State this weekend? Here is a preseason ranking and here is a recap on their opening loss to UNLV (links courtesy of John Hunt.)
Monday, September 01, 2008
Let the voting begin.
Other injury notes; offensive lineman Mark Lewis (sprained toe), Jairus Byrd (hip), Nick Reed (elbow) and Riley Showalter (ankle) slightly dinged, but all should play Saturday, Bellotti said.
Offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou served a one-game suspension Saturday night for receiving improper benefits (he took $100 and received a free meal) from the representative of a professional sport management firm but will most likely be back for Utah St. Oregon reported the action to the NCAA and Pac-10 officials. If he is cleared to play, that will put Max Unger back in his center position and Jeff Kendall will contend with Jordan Holmes for the right to start at left guard.
Bellotti seemed very pleased with the balance of Oregon's big win against the Huskies.
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