|College Football Insiders, Week One|
John Canzano and Ken Goe make their predictions courtesy of the Oregonian.
The first 8:20 minutes are dedicated to the game thart matters.
|Oregon coach Chip Kelly|
“We want nine guys that can run like hell, and two big tackles inside that can hold the point,” Aliotti said.
“That’s what we’re striving for, and that’s what we’re recruiting for from here on out.”• Oregon's group of tall new receivers is the focus of this piece by John Hunt.
“He is a smart, smart guy,” said (QB coach Mark)Helfrich, who tried to recruit Thomas to Colorado before joining the UO staff. “He might be our smartest quarterback in a lot of ways, and we expect him to do nothing but great things. He just needs to apply those things with confidence.”
Thomas said his biggest area for improvement remains reading defenses and improving his feel for the game and his position. Once that happens, Helfrich said, look out.• Bob Clark looks at the key non-league match ups and says the Ducks will have their hands full with Utah and isn't worried so much with Boise St. Check it out here.
"I'm really, really pleased with our D-line," Kelly said. "The group we have right now is going to surprise some people."
And so might the linebackers.
"We haven't proved anything yet," (linebacker coach Don) Pellum said. "I think it's great there's some preseason excitement about the group. Now the challenge is for us to get on the field and be what the anticipation is."
Be sure to give it a read if you have a few minutes.
As Oregon goes through its seventh consecutive day of practice today, Thomas remains third out of five in the Ducks' practice order for quarterbacks. But that's not stopping his enthusiasm and preparation for the season.
"I just want to play," he said.GO DUCKS!
The cameras were used for 7-on-7 sessions, to assess where each quarterbacks eyes are focused during a play.
“It’s a pretty good teaching tool,” said Kelly, who said he briefly experimented with helmet cams at New Hampshire, although “they were just too expensive for us to get.”
• The Oregon Athletic Department will conduct 2009 "Fan Day" on Saturday, August 29th. The annual event, which runs from Noon to 2:00pm, allows fans to meet and greet players and coaches from this year's football team. It will again be held inside the Moshofsky Center, adjacent to Autzen Stadium.
Fans can park in the East Lot of Autzen. Entry 5 will be available with the lot opening at 11:00 am.
• Jon Wilner picks his five toughest Pac-10 schedules and has the Ducks at third after USC and Washington.
Ducks open at Boise State, a huge game in a tough setting, then play Purdue, Utah and Cal in Autzen — and that’s September. Also: UCLA, Stanford and Arizona on the road. Yikes.• A couple of stories from Ted Miller. In the first Miller looks at Pac-10 Heisman contenders.
That Dickson would speak his opinion on payback for the Broncos, as his teammates shied away from possible inflammatory comments, speaks to Dickson's emerging role as team leader.
"Sometimes you've got to," Dickson said.By the way, Hunt posted my YouTube clip with this story (again)...sure doesn't hurt the stats the video gets :)
Prediction: The Ducks head back to El Paso for the Sun Bowl.
In Miller's second story he continues his best case/worst case scenario for the season. Yesterday was Oregon's turn.
This is a good read, probably nothing like what will really happen but still entertaining. Check it out here (long story).
• Chris Courtney at eDuck Sports continues his excellent coverage of fall camp and has a day 5 report.
The first day of full pads was the first "competition" day for the Oregon football team on Tuesday. While the defense was in control for most of the day, offense rallied big late, overcoming their deficit and ultimately defeating the defense 133-129 to earn the coveted black jerseys.
The offense got outstanding play from QB's Jeremiah Masoli and Nate Costa. On the receving front Jamere Holland, Rory Cavaille, Garrett Embry, Lavasier Tuinei, and D.J. Davis shined.
Running Back LaMichael James dazzled the crowd and the coaches with his speed and agility.
Freshman punter Jackson Rice was the most impressive kicker as he faced a live rush for the time.
On defense, the linebackers received top billing.
"That core of Spence (Paysinger), Casey Matthews, Dewitt Stuckey, Bryson Littlejohn inside and then Eddie Pleasant and Josh Kaddu outside; there are six that are playing at a very, very high level," said Kelly.