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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dion Jordan (
The defense won the day as Oregon held their first scrimmage in Autzen stadium yesterday. Rob Moseley reported the play of the day was when Cliff Harris broke a few tackles for a big return during punt drills early on.

For Chris Courtney it was DT Taylor Hart, DE Brandon Hanna, and LB Michael Clay all stood out this morning with their effort. Clay was particularly impressive, showing a great nose for the football and finishing tackles.

John Hunt said the offensive highlight might have been receiver Justin Hoffman, who made the catch of the day, lunging for a pass on a crossing pattern, as he continued a very strong spring.

Andy Mac said his standout included tight end turned defensive end Dion Jordan (pictured), who Aliotti has dubbed the "Praying Mantis," and tackle Zac Clark. Jordan had a sack of Thomas that resulted in a safety among his three tackles and Clark made five stops while playing primarily with the first unit.

Stewart Mandel says that even without Masoli, Oregon looks like the Pac-10 favorite.

If you're ready to anoint a new Pac-10 favorite in light of Masoli's absence ... well, that's only because you haven't watched this team practice. The Ducks are really good.

Bruce Feldman has a fun story on the top 10 moments in Oregon's rise (ESPN Insider account required but you can read it here also.)

My favorite moment on his list came in at number two.

Blowing out Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 2, 2002
The Harrington-led Ducks might not have been able to catch Miami, which was about to finish out its perfect season by hammering Nebraska in the Rose Bowl, but Oregon (11-1) scored 38 unanswered points on a CU team that had just whipped the Cornhuskers. The 38-16 Fiesta Bowl rout helped the Ducks finish No. 2 in the country in the AP and coaches' polls, Oregon's highest final ranking in school history.


1 comment:

Dave said...

I like hearing about how well practice has been going. I can't wait to see for myself!