Photo courtesy of David Putzier at Flickr.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Civil War 2008 Highlights - Video


I thought you might want to enjoy the sheer destruction of the Beavers last year.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley reports that Oregon has moved up to #7 in the BCS and the AP polls and jumped to #8 in the USA/Today poll. Also in this report, the Ducks were in the Moshofsky Center in full pads as practice continues.

John Hunt recounts last years Civil War and the near perfection those Ducks achieved.

But the question remains, how can Oregon State slow down this Oregon team after having such strikingly little success doing it a year ago?

Some would say it doesn't need confidence. After all, the Ducks have scored at least 42 points in ever Pacific-10 Conference game started by Jeremiah Masoli this season.

"I think it gives us a mental edge, knowing we put up that many points last year,'' Masoli said. "And I think as a team right now, as an offense, we feel like we're playing better right now than that game last year. We're playing at a better level now. It's just up to us to go out and execute.''


Just don't expect perfection. That's already happened.
GoDucks.com has their game week page ready for your consumption. Filled with all of the information you will ever need to know about the upcoming Civil War.

Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Civil War in this article. Moseley compares the NCAA stats on offense and defense between the Ducks and Beavs.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Masoli on the Civl War - Video

Jeremiah Masoli on the Civil War

Jeremiah Masoli talks about the implications of the Civil war. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley reports from outside the Mo Center as the Ducks resumed practice yesterday. The practice was closed from the public and media.

Masoli thought the Ducks had a good workout this morning.

“The Thanksgiving holiday definitely helped us relax,” he said. “Now we’re back and getting to work, and everybody had a good pace in practice.”


John Hunt was at practice and reports on a tradition for the freshmen of the team.

On Saturday, the freshmen were on stage at the Moshofsky Center. After the team reconvened following a three-day Thanksgiving break, they belted out the school fight song, their helmets adorned with creative tape jobs, surrounded by the upperclassmen.

John Canzano takes a light-hearted look at Chip Kelly in this story on Civil War tradition.

Oh, there's one other thing Kelly wants everyone to know: "I understand the Civil War. I understand it very intently. Gee, I said, 'The game is like the Super Bowl.' I guess that's not big enough."

Then, he laughed.

Kelly gets a lot of credit as a football coach. And he should. He's been through the sausage grinder this season and emerged on the other end with his headset still on, sniffing roses and cracking jokes.


Former Duck quarterback Dennis Dixon will get his first NFL start today. He replaces injured Steeler's QB Ben Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh takes on the Ravens in Baltimore. Good luck Dennis!

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Chip Kelly talks preparation for Civil War - Video

Civil War week: Chip Kelly

Coach Kelly talks with reporters after practice about the preparation necessary for the upcoming game. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

I Love My Ducks



The Ducks aren't playing today and the college games today pretty much aren't worth watching. What better time is there to give our Ducks some love?


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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Duck news is a little scarce as the team has been off for three days. Practice resumes today but it has been closed to the public and media in preparation for the Civil War.

I posted this link earlier but GoDucks.com has updated their transportation info page if you are wondering what services will be available for the Civil War.

Nate Costa was surprised at all of the attention he has received for that clutch hold on the extra point attempt that forced overtime last week. Jeff Smith of the Oregonian has the story.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

John Hunt revisits the 1957 season and how the Ducks got to the Rose Bowl. It's a pretty good read if you don't know "the rest of the story."

Seeing as how it is Quack Friday how about some Duck deals? Go to this GoDucks.com web page to see all the deals.

Nick at Off the Pond has a great piece on why he is thankful, check it out here.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Carson York continues his Oregon football journal with, the drive at Arizona and the meaning of "clutch." Here is a sample.

Clutch marks the conclusion of our Wednesday game week practices. It is a classic situational two-minute drill.

On Saturday the situation called for 80 yards and a touchdown.

The drive consisted of clutch catches, clutch runs, clutch blocks, a clutch touchdown, a clutch hold and a clutch kick. It was no longer a mystery to any of us why we call the final portion of practice clutch.

Now we must do it one more time, and this time it is so we can finally smell what we have wanted all year (and we can finally say it) ... roses.

Mark Baker of the RG reports that the "Duck video still doesn't fly with the UO." This story made the front page of the paper yesterday. Be sure to check it out.

Adam Jude has a feature story on Oregon kicker Morgan Flint called "Something Special." Here is just one little piece of the article.

Flint doesn’t need to be reminded how special the stakes are for next week’s 113th Civil War. The fifth-year senior from Bend — one of just two UO starters from Oregon — can appreciate as much as anyone the magnitude of the matchup.

“It’s obviously the biggest game in Oregon every year, and this is the biggest Civil War in history,” he said. “You could go out and win a hundred meaningless games and it’s not that special. But when you have the Rose Bowl riding on any game, let alone the Civil War, it’s just one of those games you dream about as a kid.”

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An "Angel" Unites Fans



What a perfect story for Thanksgiving.

Oregon grad, Ryan Wolfe, went out of his way to help a 13 year old Oklahoma girl and her family come to Autzen for the Civil War.

Please read George Schroeder's story, it is sure to make you thankful for all you have.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The team is on a three day break starting today but that slow things down at practice yesterday according to Rob Moseley.

Tyrece Gaines and Jeff Maehl had nice plays on offense, but an interception by Eddie Pleasant on a sideline route by Maehl helped the defense to the win.

Andy Mac has a nice story on Jeremiah Masoli, "Miah on Fire."

Masoli has now played seven games after Nov. 1 during his UO career. Oregon's record in those games is 6-1 (the lone setback coming at Stanford this season). His statistical totals down the stretch are staggering. The junior has completed 118 of 200 passes (59 percent) for 1,712 yards (244.6 per game), 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has carried the ball 83 times for 477 yards (5.7 ypc, 68.1 ypg) and 11 scores. All told, that's 2,189 yards of total offense, or 312.7 per contest, and 26 touchdowns. In seven games.

Andy also has a "Duck Feed" piece where you can learn who the ESPN crew will be for the Civil War, Oregon senior Katelynn Johnson is SI.com’s cheerleader of the week and find out how to vote for Jeremiah Masoli as the AT&T All-America Player of the Week.

Worried about parking or getting to Autzen for the Civil War? eDuck lays out the transportation plans surrounding the Thursday night game.

Chip Kelly has been nominated by S.I. writer, Ian Thomsen, as Sportsman of the Year. Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. This is a really good story so give it a read if you have a minute or two. In my book, Kelly is a lock.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Ducks returned to the Mo Center and practiced in helmets yesterday according to Rob Moseley. He noticed several players nursing minor bangs and bruises. Moseley also reported that Jeremiah Masoli (offense) and Nate Costa (special teams) earned Pac-10 player of the weeks honors for their performance against Arizona.

Masoli accounted for six touchdowns in the win at Arizona, and Costa handled a bad snap on the extra point that forced overtime.

Ted Miller has Oregon at number one again in his weekly Pac-10 power rankings.

The Ducks have won with flash. And they've won with grit. They'll need both to beat Oregon State on Dec. 3 and earn the program's first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1994 season.

Moseley also has three feature stories you should check it out. In the first, "A civil war like no other", he looks at the come behind victory ofver 'Zona and then looks ahead to the Beavs.

“They (Oregon State) want to put us out like we did to them last year,” UO safety T.J. Ward said.

“We can’t let that happen.”

In the second, "Costa’s off-handed hold extra special", he reports just how clutch Costa's play was that forced overtime.

The Sporting News picked Costa’s hold as the national “play of the week” in college football.

In the last article, "Drive to glory", Moseley relives, play by play, that last game-tying drive.

Ultimately, the magnitude of Oregon’s 15-play, 80-yard drive to the touchdown that forced overtime Saturday at Arizona won’t be fully understood for at least two weeks, and perhaps longer.

Bob Rickert calls Masoli, calm, cool and unflappable.

Leadership. Masoli has it, showed it, and Oregon got the win.

DuckSportsNew.com reports that a new line of (grim) Reaper t-shirts is available at Oregon Sports at the Gateway Mall designed just for the Civil War. Check out some pictures here.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller gives Pac-10 helmet stickers to Jeremiah Masoli and Jeff Maehl for their performance against Arizona.

Masoli accounted for all six of Oregon's touchdowns in the Ducks' thrilling, 44-41 double-overtime win at Arizona. He ran for 61 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner. And he passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns, including the one that tied the game with 6 seconds left in regulation.

Maehl caught a career-high 12 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the Ducks' victory -- and many of the catches were spectacular.

Miller also has his "what we learned in the Pac-10" weekly feature. Here is number one.

It all comes down to the Civil War: After a frenzy of a race, the smoke has cleared and two teams are still standing: The Ducks and Beavers, who will do battle on Dec. 3 in the biggest Civil War in state of Oregon history. The winner in Autzen Stadium goes to the Rose Bowl. The loser must watch its rival celebrate with a rose between its teeth. Both teams are off this weekend, so there will be plenty of time to get healthy and prepare. And think.

John Hunt posted a story that caught my eye, "Going from 'Instant Classic' to Civil War for the ages." It is a good read so be sure to catch the complete article. Here is a sample:

Oregon and Oregon State in the 113th Civil War. Winner goes to the Rose Bowl.

"That's awesome," Oregon secondary coach John Neal said. "I think everyone in Oregon should be really proud. I would rather play them for the Rose Bowl than anybody. Why not? What a great thing for the state, what a great thing for Oregon football.

Steve Summers participated in Chip Kelly's weekly media conference conference yesterday and reports on it here. Most quotable line from Kelly in my opinion?

When asked what grade he gave his team on its performance in Arizona, Kelly simply replied, "a W."

Classic Kelly.

George Schroeder reports that Supwitchugirl are still loving their Ducks. Be sure to watch the Facebook video (2nd link) 'cause it's too much fun.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

New BCS Poll Has Oregon #8

The new BCS poll has Oregon at #8, Oregon St. at #16, USC #20 and Cal #22.

Rob Moseley reports that ESPN has deemed yesterday's game an “Instant Classic” and it will re-air on ESPN Classic tonight at 6 p.m. PST, according to UO officials.

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Oregon vs Arizona Highlights 2009 - Video



Here you go Duck fans. All of the Oregon scores and best defensive plays from the game at Tuscon yesterday. The HD version should be ready in about an hour as YouTube is still processing the video.

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Players talk about the wild finish - Video

Oregon 44, Arizona 41: A wild finish


Jeremiah Masoli, LaMichael James and Jeff Maehl talk to reporters after the game. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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ESPNU Road Trip to 'Zona - Video



Drubner takes in the sights and sound of Tuscon. The animals in the "Zoo" were caged because they were "Masolied."

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Jeremiah Masoli scores game winning TD. Photo courtesy of ESPN and Wily Low.

How amazing was last night? Throw out every cliche in the books for this one. Epic sums it up for me.

Just going to do a list of all the stories about last nights game.

• Rob Moseley's, "War for the Roses."

“This is incredible,” UO running back LaMichael James said. “I have no words for that right now. Just incredible. We fell behind, but we really just fought. We never quit.”

• Ken Goe's, "Oregon's comeback offers all the drama a true fan could want."

The game was just as unpredictable and off-the-charts crazy, with the Ducks pulling it out when quarterback Jeremiah Masoli crashed over from the 1-yard line for his third rushing touchdown of the game.

• Steve Summers', "Ducks Comeback for 44-41 Double Overtime Win."

“It was a whole team effort that we put together,” observed Jeff Maehl. “Being down 10 points in the fourth quarter and coming back and them scoring so quick like that, and for us to put a drive together at the end, it just shows the true character of our team."

• Ted Miller's, "Masoli has Ducks smelling roses."

"I have no words for it," said jubilant Oregon running back LaMichael James, who rushed for 117 yards and set a new Pac-10 freshman rushing record with 1,310 yards.

James, by the way, broke the record Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers set last year.

• John Hunt's, "'Crazy' win sets up winner-take-all Civil War."

The Ducks beat Arizona 44-41 in double overtime Saturday night to set up the biggest Civil War in history. The winner of the Dec. 3 game between Oregon and Oregon State goes to the Rose Bowl, and if that game has as much drama as this one did, it will be talked about for years.

Here is a feature story by George Schroeder that deserves some mention. "With Masoli at the wheel, Ducks are on a thrill ride." Here is how the story ends.

As the Ducks worked their way downfield in the last minutes of regulation, trailing by a touchdown, Arizona fans surged from the stands to the edge of the playing field.

You couldn’t blame them; they sensed a huge victory.

But they didn’t account for Masoli.

When he connected with Ed Dickson in the back of the end zone with six seconds left, the place went quiet.

Which is why I could hear when the redheaded kid standing next to me at the 5-yard line turned to his buddy and said:

“Hey! It’s not over!”

Heck no. With Masoli, we’ve learned it never is.

Just win the day.

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Oregon 44 - 'Zona 41 2OT - Video



This highlight video was done by NWSports200. I will have my HD highlight reel posted later today. Enjoy the ride.

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Ken Goe after the game - Video

Oregon-Arizona postgame: Ken Goe


Ken Goe and his reaction to the Ducks amazing win in double overtime 44-41. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

John Hunt - Talking Ducks from Tuscon - Video

Oregon at Arizona: Hunt before kickoff


Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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College GameDay Highlights


A few of the choice clips from ESPN College GameDay this morning.

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Oregon V Arizona

Courtesy of "As Seen by Dave"

The layers to this week’s matchup against Arizona have made my stomach turn. Arizona beat us in 2007, ending Dennis Dixon’s career at Oregon, and came back from a nasty halftime deficit last year to make the game close. And Dixon’s injury wasn’t the only one that mattered...let us not forget Kellen Clemens. Although we won that game, the Clemens injury certainly had a negative impact on our season. Next you have a layer about Oregon’s away games not being so great, and Arizona coming off a loss. Which team will be affected more...Oregon on the road...or Arizona with a dent in its confidence? Oh, and let’s not forget that Gameday is in Arizona this week. Of course we have another layer involving the return of a certain player...is Blount going to get a carry so we can move on? And did somebody mention that Rose Bowl dreams are riding on this game? Like I said...the layers make my stomach turn.

What I haven’t been reading about is Oregon versus Arizona. It seems that the multiple layers to this game have distracted the attention away from what is going to happen on the field tonight. Not what has happened in the past with very different teams. Not what happened in 2005. Not what happened in 2007. Not what happened last week. Not what happened at Gameday this morning. Not what’s going to happen on January 1. And there lies the layer that matters most.

All season Chip Kelly has prided himself, and his team on the idea that we play one game per week...no more...no less. The distractions only serve those hungry to be distracted. However, Kelly has shown through his leadership, that the only thing that matters happens on the field. He wasn’t distracted after Boise. He wasn’t distracted on Halloween. Everything has been methodical.

When you look at this game as a matchup, you may notice similarities. Arizona likes to run, spread the field, and pass. So does Oregon. Arizona fields a fast defense, ready to stop a spread offense. So does Oregon. Arizona likes to surprise their opponents with plays that are unexpected—misdirections, pass when they think run, run when they think pass. Sound like another team you may know of?

So where does the advantage lie? Damn. Here comes those layers! The crowd is going to be pumped up after having Gameday there this morning, and a full ESPN entourage there for the game. They want to avenge that loss last week; prove they deserve national recognition. Arizona will come at us like a team focused on a Rose Bowl. They will try to punch us in the mouth. They will attempt to intimidate Masoli...intimidate Blount, forcing them to remember Clemens, Dixon, and Boise. They will come at us from all angles, with fire in their eyes. But it won’t matter, because they will be distracted.

Full circle. Layers don’t matter. Oregon won’t be distracted. We have better athletes on the field. We have more weapons. We have faster weapons. We have a more diverse offense, and a battle-tested defense. Arizona has yet to face their toughest opponents...Oregon has. We will win the day, because that is what we do. I don’t think it will be easy. I do think the crowd plays a factor. I do think thoughts of Roses will sneak in. But not enough. Not enough for us to let an overmatched Arizona team derail us from our goal...a goal that starts at 5 o’clock, and ends a few hours later. Win the day. Beat Zona.

Oregon 38
Arizona 27

If you liked Dave's story be sure leave a comment at his blog, "As Seen by Dave"

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Casey Matthews Highlights - Video



A little gameday fever never hurt anyone. Well, maybe a Dawg, Sun Devil, Trojan or Wildcat, might feel it a little. Casey's brother put this together for your enjoyment.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Gameday folks, and ESPN will be broadcasting in Tuscon about 1.5 hours from now. Yeah, I'm getting pumped up.

Wade Evanson at eDuck has a great piece called, "Game Day: Enough Already!" Here are a few of my favorite lines.

When did Tucson, Arizona become anything other than a retirement destination disguised as a second-rate college town?

I’ve been listening to media rhetoric for weeks discussing Oregon’s inability to win at Arizona.

Oregon has beaten Arizona in 12 of their last 16 meetings, including 6 of the last 9 meetings in Arizona Stadium.

But who’s been whose female canine over the last 10 years?

In the last 10 meetings between these conference foes, Oregon has won 8.

So who owns whom?

I’m not saying Arizona is unworthy of respect…because they obviously are.

But what I am saying is that if they do [win], it will be because they outplayed them on the field, not because they “own” them.

Where did this notion come from anyway?

Is it because of Dennis Dixon’s knee injury of 2007? Is it because Oregon’s Kellen Clemens’ ankle was broken during a late season game with Arizona in 2005?

Or is it because people whose agenda is dependent upon sensationalistic bunk, have lazily corralled the elephant in the room, dressed him in his “Sunday Best” and garnished him with a bow in an effort to create artificial buzz around a game which doesn’t need it?

Bingo.

Note to one’s self; this is a big game regardless of hyperbole. A Pac-10 title.

Tucson, Arizona is not Area 51, the Bermuda Triangle or Stonehenge.

Anything else is just hype, negativity and inspiration for people grasping at straws.

But just in case; cross your fingers.

Be sure to check out Wade's complete story, it's a good read.

Keith Becker, aka, UOSportsDude.com, compares Nick Foles to "Sunshine" from the movie "Remember the Titans" and says the resemblance is uncanny. He has photographic evidence to backup his claim. Bottom line, an Oregon victory.

Speaking of predictions, here is how the blogoshpere is picking the game.

John Hunt:
Oregon 37, Arizona 30.
Bob Rickert: Oregon: 45, 'Cats: 37
Rob Moseley: Arizona 31, Oregon 29 (traitor)
Ted Miller: ESPN, Oregon, 35-28
Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune: Oregon, 38-34
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Oregon, 37-30
Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated: Oregon, 35-24
CollegeFootballNews.com: Oregon, 37-27
Matt Hayes, The Sporting News: Oregon, 38-35
Dave Curtis, The Sporting News: Arizona, 30-27
Phil Steele: Arizona, 34-30

Finally today, I'll put in my two cents. I think this team has what it takes to win on the road, dominate on both sides of the ball and walk away with a big win. Everyone else has it being pretty close. I say we kick some ass in the desert.

Oregon 45 - Arizona 17

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Oregon vs Arizona Highlights 2008 - Video



Looked like a run away in the first half but Arizona made a game of it in the second half. Oregon held on for a 55-45 win. I don't expect it will be that close tomorrow.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Rob Moseley manned his usual position at practice inside Autzen yesterday as the defense shined against the scout team offense.

The defense forced a bunch of turnovers, probably the most I’ve seen in one day since Walter Thurmond III was injured. Eddie Pleasant, Cliff Harris and T.J. Ward all had interceptions that I saw.

• Greg Hansen at the Arizona Daily Star calls Jeremiah Masoli a "magic man."

A good guess is that Stoops & Stoops will study the Boise State film all week, try to slow the game down and instruct the Wildcats to watch Masoli's hands as much as his feet. A year ago their best view of Masoli was from the rear, while in pursuit.

It has become the most common snapshot of Oregon football.

• Ted Miller continues his series, what to watch in the Pac-10, and wonders which Arizona defense will show up this weekend?

Will the Wildcats defense approximate the first half or the second half of 2008 vs. the Ducks? Oregon scored 45 points in the first half of last year's game with Arizona. And the Ducks scored only 10 points in the second half as the Wildcats came roaring back. The word in Tucson was the Wildcats came out unfocused and didn't do their assignments in the first half, but that changed for the better in the second half. The Arizona defense probably won't start slowly playing at home. Or will it?

• Miller also has his "who's going to win?" series posted.

Oregon 35, Arizona 28: Arizona is tough at home -- it's won 12 of 14 in Arizona Stadium, including all five this season -- and the crowd will be energized. But Oregon has been the Pac-10's best all-around team throughout the season and this is the type of game a conference's best team wins.

• Ken Goe warns that the Ducks need to be prepared for an ambush.

I'm not predicting an Arizona win. But I don't think it's out of the question. I think it's going to be a very close, very well-played game. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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College Footbal Insiders - Talking Duck Football - Video

College Football Insiders, Week 12



Mike Tokito and Ken Goe talk about the Ducks and what they face in the next two weeks. If you don't want to hear about the Beav vs Wazoo game (?) skip to the 2 minute mark. Video courtesy of the Oregonian.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley and the Ducks were in the Moshofsky Center for practice yesterday and the team welcomed LaMichael James and Ed Dickson back from an illness earlier in the week.

“We’ve been outstanding,” Chip Kelly said of the week so far. “Guys have really been focused. They understand how important a game Saturday’s is.”

Ted Miller has a fun piece, "Masoli's transformations deserve their own descriptive term."

There are lots of clich├ęs to describe an athlete transforming from bad to good in a sudden and dramatic way. But today we introduce a term that takes care of it all.

Masoli.

Such as: "Boy, A-Rod really masolied in the playoffs!" Or, "Golly, who thought the Saints would masoli this season?"

Be sure to give it a read.

Miller also states his case for Chip Kelly being named Pac-10 coach of the year.

The opener at Boise State was a disaster on and off the field, but Kelly kept his players together, repaired the damage and constructed a team that is clearly well-coached in all three phases. A Rose Bowl berth for a first-year head coach would merit recognition.

Steve Summers reports on the Ducks latest commitment.

Dontae Williams, is a 4-star running back rated 22nd nationally. The 5-11, 207-pound star for Adline HS of Houston, Texas is preparing for second round action in Texas 5A competition. Williams ended lots of speculation by calling the Oregon coaches and letting them know of his decision.

Williams is from the same high school as Oregon QB Darron Thomas and probably had something to do with his decision.

Andy Mac has put together a map of the television coverage for Saturday's game on ABC. Nearly 65% of the country will be able to catch the action.

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I Smell Roses - Video



It was only a matter of time until this video popped up all over the web. Read Ken's story about three Oregon seniors just having fun. Link courtesy of Ken Goe and the Oregonian.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Practice yesterday saw a high number of players out with an illness described as "not H1N1" but with flu like symptoms. Rob Moseley said it was a high energy session, especially at the end of the day.

“Finish! We’ve got to finish!” Kelly yelled, and the players responded with a bunch of tribal whooping before beginning the drill.

“They get excited,” Kelly said afterward. “It’s the last part of practice, and that’s how we practice. Those guys, that’s them, that’s them enjoying it. ...

“Our guys have a lot of fun playing. They practice as hard as anybody I’ve ever been around, but they enjoy it, too, and that’s been a key to our success.”

John Hunt has a good story on defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. Some long time Oregon coaches like what he brings to the team.

"When we brought Jerry on and he brought those schemes, it didn't take me long to go, 'this is unbelievably good.' '' secondary coach John Neal said. "It was better than anything I'd ever had, as a scheme, even before I walked out on the field.

"Instead of dropping into zones waiting for people to come to us, we're attacking people,'' linebacker Spencer Paysinger said.

Then there's the enthusiasm that the screaming, leaping Azzinaro brings.

"The guy brings an amazing amount to the program, and he deserves a lot of credit,'' Neal said. "But we'd like to hold the credit until the season's over.''

A video made by Duck fans hit YouTube yesterday and was quickly removed according to DucksSportsNews.com. "I Love my Ducks" can be seen on this Facebook page. If you have a few mintues check it out, pretty good stuff.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller has his Pac-10 power rankings posted and you will find Oregon in a familiar position, number one.

The Ducks rolled over a very good Arizona State defense in a 44-21 victory. Can they do it twice more, starting Saturday at Arizona? If so, they go to the Rose Bowl.

Rob Moseley joined the Ducks inside the Moshofsky Center as the team practiced in helmets yesterday.

Jeremiah Masoli had a couple of nicely thrown deep balls to David Paulson and LaMichael James, receivers Diante Jackson and Tyrece Gaines were all over the place with the scout team and Cliff Harris had another nice interception.

Masoli wasn’t perfect on every throw, but he was good enough that Chip Kelly said it might have been the quarterback’s best practice of the season.

“He was on fire today throwing the ball,” Kelly said.

Moseley also noted that Ed Dickson is one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.

Mosley also has a nice feature piece on Chip Kelly's focus on playing one game at a time.

The rest of the state of Oregon may already be peeking ahead a week to a Civil War for the Rose Bowl, but UO football coach Chip Kelly wasn’t having any of that Sunday.

“Our thoughts are on Arizona,” Kelly said, looking ahead six days and only six days. “We’re not talking about that, have never talked about it all season long.”

Along those same lines, Steve Summers examines Kelly's attitude of staying on task.

“Is that ironic or is it prophetic?” responded Chip Kelly, when asked about the importance of the upcoming game with Arizona. “We wouldn’t be in this position if we didn’t take every game that we played as the most important game that we played that week. It’s come to the stretch here, everything rides on this game with Arizona (and) our players wouldn’t want it any other way."

Bob Rickert reports that Oregon has landed a very good tight end JC player.

Brandon Williams is 6' 4", 240lbs. out of Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. Williams has turned in a great season as a receiver and has the body to be a terrific blocker in the Oregon offense. Haven't been able to confirm it but the early word is that he'll have 2 years to play two more for the Ducks.

GoDucks.com has all of the facts and figures giving you everything you need to know about the Ducks vs Arizona game.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Chip Kelly talks about Saturday's matchup - Video

Oregnon-Arizona: Chip Kelly talks about Saturday's matchup


Chip being Chip. We'll talk about memories when the season is over. Gotta love it. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller gives out his Pac-10 helmet stickers and as you might expect, LaMichael James gets his.

James rushed for 150 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns against the nation's No. 6 run defense as Oregon rolled over Arizona State 44-21.

Are you interested in the possible Rose Bowl scenarios? Jon Wilner breaks down the possibilities in this article.

Ken Goe looks ahead to the Arizona game.

That game next Saturday between the Ducks and Arizona in Tucson is going to be fun.

Both teams have spread-the-field, offensive philosophies. Arizona is more inclined to throw the ball and Oregon to run it. But the Wildcats are dangerous on the ground just as the Ducks are through the air.

Rob Moseley notes that the Ducks are ranked 11th in all of the polls and then compares NCAA stats between the Ducks and the Wildcats in this post.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chip Kelly Post Game Interview - Video

Oregon 44-ASU 21 postgame: Chip Kelly


Chip Kelly talks with reporters after the game last night. Listen carefully at the end, Kelly definitely has my kind of sense of humor.

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Oregon vs Arizona St. Highlights - Video



Here you go Duck fans. All of the Oregon scores and best defensive plays from the game at Autzen yesterday. The HD version should be ready in about an hour as YouTube is still processing the video.

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ESPN College GameDay Coming to Tuscon

Ted Miller confirms that ESPN's College GameDay will be at Tuscon next Saturdaybefore the Ducks take on the Wildcats.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

LaMichael James cruised to three touchdowns and 150 yds. rushing as Oregon used a dominant first half to beat Arizona St. 44-21. GoDucks.com has the game summary posted here.

John Hunt recaps the game in this article.

The win, coupled with California's win over Arizona, kept14th-ranked Oregon (8-2, 6-1 Pacific-10 Conference) in sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 and sets up next week's showdown in Tucson.

"We control everything we do," Kelly said.

Ron Bellamy says that ASU coach Dennis Erickson was impressed.

“This offensive team is as good as I’ve seen in a long time in college football,” Erickson said of the Ducks. “When they have things going, and they’re running all that stuff and they’re executing it, they’re very difficult to deal with.”

The game was all but decided by halftime.

George Schroeder asks: "A Civil War for the Roses? It’s not out of the question." Here are a few quotes from the story.

But wrap your mind around this tantalizing thought: If (when) Oregon beats Arizona, we’ll have a Civil War of the Roses.

If the Ducks win in the desert — and after the Beavers win in Pullman — we can forget all the talk of tiebreakers, and never mind what Stanford does.

Ducks vs. Beavers. Winner to Pasadena.

The champion will be decided in the Willamette Valley, on a cold night in early December.

The format is simple. Civil War for it all. Winner vs. Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

Wrap your mind around the idea. Savor it today. Got it? OK, now Beaver fans, keep savoring.

And Ducks: Go win.

Schroeder isn't alone when considering a Civil War showdown for the Rose Bowl. John Canzano says: "Civil War looks like clash of titans."

Our fate includes this: Chills. Certainly some degree of conference tiebreakers. And maybe the conference's automatic Bowl Championship Series bid and a chance to remind Ohio State that USC (which beat the Buckeyes in the early season) is now serving as the conference pinata.

You can fight your fate. You can ignore it. But what you can not do is escape it.

They're efficient, balanced and dangerous. As contenders go, they're for real. Yes, that goes for both in-state teams.

I can't be alone in looking at the best the Big Ten Conference has to offer and hoping the Pacific-10 Conference gets to send either Oregon or Oregon State to Pasadena to clear up the matter of West Coast respect.

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Ducks Cruise 44-21 - Video



Local television station KVAL reports on the win against Arizona State. I will post my highlight video later today.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oregon v ASU

Courtesy of "As Seen by Dave"

Hmmm. Guess Stanford was better than I thought. I told you, I speak more from emotion than cold-hard facts. So it is. Now, let us never speak of this again.

Oregon’s season did not end last week, it only began. The loss at Stanford serves us well in a few areas. It keeps us grounded on Earth. I feel more grounded. It helped the team realize their weakness, and hopefully now that it is pinpointed, something can be done about it. It added one more layer of grit...a layer that won’t go away at the end of this season, but I hope, lasts through next year as well. And, it didn’t really cost us anything.

This was not going to be a National Championship team. Had we won all of our games, we were still dawgs to a slew of no-loss teams. We weren’t going to jump Texas. We weren’t going to jump Florida. We weren’t going to jump Bama. So at the end of the day, we are still fighting for the same goal, a Rose Bowl. Our hopes of a Rose Bowl are no more diminished than they were prior to the Stanford game. Win out. That achieves a goal that hasn’t been obtained since 1994.

I’m glad for this season, and its two losses...but not for this season. I’m glad for next season. Most of this team will be returning, and if you think their heads will get big, I would have to beg to differ. They have these two key losses this year. Not enough to keep them out of a Rose Bowl, but plenty to keep them from their ultimate goal. These losses prove that we have to work harder, pay more attention, and clean up every last skill we have. These two losses are probably the best thing that’s ever happened at Oregon football, ever. Wink.

I know I’m not supposed to look ahead, according to Chip, past ASU. But I can’t do that. I’m not wired that way. He can get the team to focus, but fans are a bit more fickle. I’m looking at a possible Rose Bowl this year. Beat ASU, and it’s even closer. I’m also looking at what next year may bring. We have been scary-good at times this year...wow...just imagine the possibilities. Still, we have to beat ASU, or this looking like a very average season. What about ASU anyway?

How bad do you think ASU’s starting quarterback was, for Dennis Erikson to decide that it would be better to start a freshman for the first time in Autzen Stadium? It’s not like Erikson doesn’t know what happens inside Autzen. I can only conclude that he was pretty atrocious. And that’s my analysis of ASU. I’m sure they stink. I’m sure Autzen will be thirsty for blood. Without being as brash as I was in my Stanford post, I’m going to say that we should easily win by 21 points.

Oregon 45

ASU 17

Quack!

If you liked Dave's post be sure to leave a comment over at his blog, "As Seen By Dave."

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley covers walk-through Friday inside Autzen Stadium and reports Chip Kelly feels good about how practice went this week.

“lt was good we got out the last few days. I don’t know if it’s going to rain, but it’s supposed to be cold. It didn’t bother them at all. They’ve had great focus."

John Hunt noticed this interesting fact when perusing college football stats, Jeremiah Masoli is third in the nation in interception rate: 1.02 (two picks in 197 throws). The two picks came against Boise St. and Utah so he is perfect in Pac-10 play. Good stuff.

If you were at the game against USC you probably noticed a ton of folks wearing the Grip Reaper t-shirts and sweatshirts. Here is a story by R-G reporter Sherri Buri McDonald that details how one fan made a dream come true.

Rob Moseley posted his prediction, Oregon 48, Arizona State 6, and then details what other pundits predict, a unanimous Oregon victory.

John Hunt, Oregonian: Oregon, 34-9
Ted Miller, ESPN: Oregon 40-17
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Oregon, 31-17
Jason Vondersmith, Portland Tribune: Oregon, 33-17
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Oregon, 34-13
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Oregon, 35-14
Phil Steele: Oregon, 41-13
Nick Daschel, Buster Sports: Oregon, 34-6
Vince Grippi, Spokane Spokesman-Review: Oregon, 27-3
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: Oregon

I like the Ducks as well. Oregon 38 - ASU 10

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John Canzano and Ken Goe Discuss the Ducks - Video

College Football Insiders, Week 11

John Canzano and Ken Goe talk about the loss last week against Stanford (2:15 - 4:55) then discuss today's game (4:55 - 7:20). Video courtesy of the Oregonian.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Oregon vs Arizona St. 2008 - Video


My highlight videos look a little different (better) this year but thought you might enjoy watching the highlights from last year against Arizona St.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller will lead the way today with his "who's going to win week 11 Pac-10 picks." I think he likes the Ducks in this one.

Oregon 40, Arizona State 17: The Sun Devils have issues on both sides of the ball -- a true freshman quarterback, a secondary thin on personnel -- and Oregon figures to be plenty motivated to right itself after the tough loss at Stanford. The Ducks defense, in particular, should be eager to bounce back.

Miller also has his "what to watch in the Pac-10" story posted.

How will true ASU freshman QB Brock Osweiler respond to Autzen Stadium? Alright kid, go get 'em! What? Go get 'em! What? Osweiler will make his first career start in one of the nation's loudest and toughest venues against an extremely fast defense that was humbled last weekend at Stanford and will be plenty motivated for redemption.

The Ducks practiced outside in Autzen yesterday and it was a little chilly according to Rob Moseley.

“They were good, we had a really good practice today,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “It’s cold, so we needed to get outside and get a chance to get acclimated.”

Forecast Saturday when ASU visits Autzen Stadium is for highs in the 40s, and probably down into the 30s seeing as how it’s a night game. Hard to imagine the Sun Devils are able to replicate that in Phoenix this week.

Ken Goe looks at our game against Arizona St. in this story.

True freshman Brock Osweiler gets his first-ever start. Autzen Stadium isn't the place for a baptism of fire.

I like Oregon's chances to rebound in a big way. The Ducks control their own destiny in the run for the roses, and nothing should change on Saturday.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley was at practice yesterday in the Mo Center and filed this report.

“They did a nice job today,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “They really worked hard — we had a really good session."

The day ended with a “clutch” drill simulating a late-game situation, and the offense was able to reach the end zone.

Moseley also reports the Ducks will be facing true freshman Brock Osweiler at QB who is replacing senior Danny Sullivan.

ASU has issues at cornerback and Rob reports on that as well.

Senior starting cornerback Terell Carr has been suspended after his arrest Tuesday. Cornerback Omar Bolden is sidelined as well, with a knee injury, leaving ASU very thin at the position entering this weekend.

Andy Mac noted that four Ducks are on November watch lists.

The College Football Performance Awards has named four Ducks to its November watch list, led by Jeremiah Masoli, who is among 19 players under consideration for National Performer of the Year.

LaMichael James (Running Back Trophy), Ed Dickson (Tight End Trophy) and Kenjon Barner (Kickoff Returner Trophy) are also nominated for postseason accolades.

Carson York continues his Oregon football journal: It's not the loss that matters; it's how we respond." Here is how York sums up his story:

We still possess the ability to control our future. This Saturday's game against Arizona State is another opportunity to prove what kind of a team we have, and to display the kind of character that we have come to define ourselves by.

It's summed up by a simple saying, which is engraved on a sign we slap as we take the field on gameday but applies to every practice, too. WIN THE DAY!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

There are fewer stories to relate today for one main reason. Most of the blogs I cover are writing about Blount. That's okay, he is news, but if that news has nothing to do with the team, I'm not going to relay that info to this blog. Most of it is simply rehashing what we have already heard.

Rob Moseley was at practice yesterday and everyone was glad to be back in full pads.

Both sides of the ball seemed particularly sharp during a seven-on-seven period against scouts midway through the morning. Rory Cavaille and Lavasier Tuinei had highlight-reel grabs on offense, while Cliff Harris and John Boyett made athletic interceptions on the other half of the field.

“These last two practices have been really good,” tight end Ed Dickson said. “The tempo that we’re moving at, the focus of the guys, we’re hungry.”

Ted Miller reports that ASU coach Dennis Erickson hasn't decided which Sun Devils QB will start.

Erickson might know exactly what he's going to do: start true freshman Brock Osweiler or stick with senior Danny Sullivan. But he actually sounds like he's still thinking about it.

"I'm waiting to see what transpires in practice and so forth," Erickson said. "[Sullivan] did not play as bad as everybody might have thought [in the 14-9 loss Saturday to USC]."

Miller also reported that T.J. Ward has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game on Jan. 23 in Orlando, Florida.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller has his Pac-10 power ranking posted for week 10. He has Oregon in the top spot.

The reason media sorts talk about "let-down" games is because they happen so often. Give Stanford credit. That was an impressive offensive display against a team that knows a thing or two about impressive offensive displays. But it's not that difficult to conclude again this week that Oregon, still alone in first place, should remain atop the conference pecking order.

Miller also tries to break down the Pac-10 race here.

What happens when you pit the Pac-10's number one offense against the number one defense? Mike Tokito sorts it out in this article. Here is a sample:

The Sun Devils (4-5, 2-4) are so good defensively, they’re usually in games. The problem is, the offense doesn’t score many points, and as a result, the ASU is mired in a three-game losing streak as it heads to Eugene.

Rob Moseley covered practice yesterday and you can catch the story here.

“I thought they practiced pretty well today,” Kelly said. “We didn’t execute on Saturday. The effort was there, we just didn’t execute.”

Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, whose unit is coming off its worst game of the season, also thought the Ducks bounced back well today.

Moseley also reports on the Arizona game time.

Oregon’s game at Arizona on Nov. 21 will kick off at either 12:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. for broadcast on ABC, UO officials said. The game will be subject to a six-day selection window under the conference’s media agreement, the second UO game in a row to be finalized on such short notice.

Which means we won't find out until this next Sunday.

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Jeremiah Masoli on Blount - Video

Ducks QB Jeremiah Masoli on LeGarrette Blount's return


Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Running back coach Gary Campbell on Blount - Video

Gary Campbell talks LeGarrette Blount


Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Chip Kelly on the Blount Decision - Video

Chip Kelly on LeGarrette Blount's reinstatement


Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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LeGarrette Blount Reinstated

As you have probably heard, it was announced this morning by head coach Chip Kelly that LeGarrette Blount has been reinstated.

Ted Miller probably describes the impact better than anyone in this story.

Basically, it gives LeGarrette another chance to prove that he has learned and grown from his mistake without disrupting what the team has accomplished without him. Another positive move by coach Kelly.

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