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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

As you can see above, the USA/Today (coaches) Poll was released yesterday and they have pegged Oregon at the #11 spot, right where they left off at the end of last season. The only other Pac-10 team in the poll is Oregon St. and #22.

The Academic Progress Rate (APR) numbers were recently released and every school in the Pac-10 met the minimum 925 cutoff line. Oregon came in seventh at 949.

Ken Goe asks, is Oregon's non-conference schedule too soft? Ken doesn't think so.

Don't forget, Oregon is breaking in a new, starting quarterback, either Nate Costa or Darron Thomas.

Maybe the three (New Mexico, Tennessee, Portland St.), non-conference softies will allow either Costa or Thomas some growing pains while preparing for the challenging, nine-game Pac-10 schedule, all without suffering for it in the loss column or the polls.

There has been a lot of talk during the off-season on Oregon's defense switching from 4-3 to 3-4. Steve Summers sorts it all out.

The vagueness of describing what kind of scheme Oregon has may be a great subject for message board conversations that are dominated by personal opinion and conjecture, but really what is important is that last year Oregon held opponents to fewer points than the Oregon offense scored on 10 occasions.

Rob Moseley previews the Special Teams heading into fall camp on Monday.

The key competition to watch will be at placekicker...The job will fall to either Rob Beard or Alejandro Maldonado, a true freshman who arrived for summer conditioning...the freshman will get a one-game audition (because of the one game suspension of Beard) for the starting job against New Mexico. 

The real hurdle is the following week, at Tennessee in front of some 100,000 hostile SEC fans. Whether Maldonado is making his second start, or Beard his first, it will be a daunting environment for an inexperienced placekicker.

DuckTerritory has some sweet new photos posted of the new Field Turf at Autzen Stadium. Getting excited for opening day which is 4 weeks from today.


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