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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley and Ken Goe have your Monday practice update.

Rob: Chip Kelly called today's full-pads practice in the Moshofsky Center "as good as we've had."

"They were outstanding," Kelly said.

Ken: Kelly said he didn't sense a squirrely, day-before-vacation inability to concentrate.

"I was concerned about that," Kelly said. "I think we were (unfocused) last year (right before Christmas). We have one more practice, and I told them they set the standard for the way we want to practice."

Coach Kelly won his third coach of the year award yesterday. This time it was the Walter Camp coach of the year. Previously he had been honored by the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.

The Register Guard is featuring a four part series, "Constructing a Title Run."

In the first segment, Rob Moseley examines the second half domination the Ducks possessed all year on their way to a 12-0 record.

In part two, Adam Jude looks at Darron Thomas who unexpectedly led the Ducks with an unflappable air, especially for a first year starter.

Ted Miller reports the Pro Football Weekly announced their All-American team and it's based on NFL potential. LaMichael James is listed at running back as a honorable mention and Cliff Harris is  their first team punt returner and received a honorable mention at cornerback.

George Schroeder takes a light-hearted look at the song selections for practice yesterday.

Cam Newton, a scarier version of Terrelle Pryor? Daryle Hawkins, the scout team QB, tries to prepare the Oregon defense as he emulates the Auburn offensive scheme during practice.

Kenny Rowe's unselfish attitude is a big factor in the success of the Oregon defense this year.

"He's been incredible," said UO defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who paused and then repeated the word for emphasis. "Incredible."

He makes it possible for the Ducks to change defenses without changing personnel.

They can play a four-man line, three-man line, a zone coverage, man-for-man, zone blitz, with Rowe having a different assignment each time.

"He's allowed us to do a lot of things here," [Jerry] Azzinaro said. "He's a big part of our success on defense. He has sacrificed a lot. A selfish guy would want to rush the quarterback all the time. He plays in coverage. He does a lot of different things for us. I'm very proud of him."


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