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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Senior Bowl Ducks - Video

Legarrette Blount scores on a 14 yd run in the 2nd quarter in the Senior Bowl yesterday as the North beat the South 31-13.



Later it the 2nd quarter Ed Dickson snags this 31 yard pass from Beaver QB Sean Canfield.



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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The Senior Bowl was yesterday and LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown on a 14 yard run for the North. The North won the game 31-13. Ed Dickson had one reception for 31 yards from Beaver QB Sean Canfield.

Trouble still brewing? Walk-on Matt Simms was cited yesterday on simple misdemeanor assault charges in an alleged retaliation attack for the assault on placekicker Rob Beard.

Rob Moseley briefly reports on recruiting news.

Yesterday, Team USA defeated an international roster in a 19U exhibition game that included a handful of UO recruits. Running back Dontae Williams, who is committed to Oregon, rushed 10 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in Team USA’s 17-0 victory.

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy was in McArthur Court today to watch the UO men beat USC. Dungy’s son, Eric, is a football recruit who was on an official visit to Eugene.


Lindsay Schnell introduces future Oregon CB James Scales.

“I’m ready to go to Oregon and be a Duck because they have a great tradition,” Scales said. “They’re one of the top programs in the country and I feel it’s the right place for me.”

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Jeff Smith introduces OL Ryan Clanton, a 6'6" 305 lb. junior college transfer out of City College of San Francisco.

In 2009 earned junior college all-American status while playing guard and tackle for a team that went 9-1. 


Clanton is enrolled for the winter term and participating in offseason workouts with the Ducks’ returning players.

Jeff Smith also introduces JC transfer TE Brandon Williams. Williams is 6'5" and 245 lbs. and played for Joliet College last year.

Williams brings an exciting blend of athleticism and power to the tight end position, using his basketball background to his advantage.

“It’s a big opportunity,” Williams said. “I like challenges. I wish spring football started right now because I’m so ready to get going.”



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Friday, January 29, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Ted Miller looks at who is making the grade in preparation for the Senior Bowl.

Oregon TE Ed Dickson -- He fought the ball early in the week, but Dickson caught everything thrown at him on Day 3. He looked comfortable running routes, and his athleticism showed when he was able to separate from Nebraska LB Phillip Dillard and make a nice catch over his shoulder down the field. Dickson also made two catches in traffic and didn't appear to flinch. He is undersized, though, and will have to add some bulk to his lean frame if he hopes to be more than a sub-package H-back in the NFL. Dickson played to his potential on Day 3, though, and showed that he is by far the best athlete among the North tight ends.

• The NFL website for the Senior Bowl has LeGarrette Blount's stock on the rise.

Blount has impressed scouts with his solid play throughout the week. Blount has displayed a nice blend of speed and power as a runner, and his nifty footwork allows him to slither in and out of holes. Throw in the fact that he catches the ball as well as some receivers, Blount's value as an every-down back has started to rise in the minds of many scouts.

• Eugene police made a second arrest in the Rob Beard assault case.

• Lindsay Schnell continues introducing future Oregon players, today she has Safety Derrick Malone.

Ducks fans should be excited because: When asked to describe Malone, Colton High School coach Harold Strauss didn't hesitate: "He's a really vicious hitter," Strauss said.

But with Malone, Strauss says the Ducks are getting more than just a good kid on the field.

"He's just really gonna fit in," Strauss said. "He's the type of kid you would want to have around your family and the community."


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

John Hunt reports that an arrest has been made in the Rob Beard case.

As I mentioned yesterday afternoon, it was nice to pick up the commitment from five star RB Lache Seastrunk. Here is a YouTube highlight video, pretty impressive speed.



Lindsay Schnell introduces Duck fans to a couple of our new recruits. First up is center Hroniss Grasu.

Grasu came up for an official visit in early October and got a taste of the crowd at Autzen Stadium. Grasu said he was "shocked" at how loud it got that day.

"It will be awesome to play there," Grasu said. "It gets you pumped, gets you going. I just can't wait."


QB Brian Bennett made his visit at the same time as Grasu.

"He's a stud, he's the most competitive kid I've coached," said Jeremiah Ross, Bennett's high school coach. "He does not like losing and will do anything he can to win."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud - Update

• Lache Seastrunk verbally committed to the Ducks this afternoon according to numerous reports, Rob Moseley included.

With the addition of Seastrunk (4th ranked RB) to Oregon’s current class, Rivals.com boosted the Ducks’ team ranking from No. 20 to No. 13 nationally.

Great news when there hasn't been much of late.

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LaMichael James 2009 TD's & Highlights



I put together this highlight reel for your viewing enjoyment. LaMike gave us some thrilling moments game after game. Makes you wonder just how good he can get. Can't wait to see what he brings this fall. To get the most out of the video watch in HD.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Lindsay Schnell introduces Oregon commit, RB Dontae Williams.

Williams, ranked No. 12 in the nation at his position by Rivals.com, was named first-team all-district his junior and senior seasons. He did it all for Aldine (TX) on offense.

Rob Beard keeps improving and should be released from the hospital today according to Rob Moseley.

No new information regarding the alleged theft at the frat house on Sunday. There is video evidence that the two accused players were enjoying themselves at a local bar & grill according to this report by John Hunt.

Ted Miller is counting down his top 30 players in the Pac-10 for the 2009 season. Kenny Rowe comes in at #28.

Rowe isn't a complete player -- yet -- but his record three sacks in the Rose Bowl gave him a conference-high 11.5 for the season. His 15 tackles for loss were seven more than any other Ducks defender. He also broke up four passes and forced three fumbles.

Rob Moseley reports that you can scratch Owa from the list as a possible recruit.

Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa of David Douglas in Portland, told the Portland Tribune his three finalists are now Nebraska, UCLA and—in place of Oregon—Oregon State.

John Hunt covers the practice field leading up to the Senior Bowl this weekend.

In his first practice at the Senior Bowl it was clear that [LeGarrette]Blount had the kind of talent that attracts NFL eyes.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


U of O kicker Rob Beard is expected to make a full recovery according to this report by Rob Moseley. Beard underwent minor surgery yesterday to repair his nose and should be released from the hospital sometime soon. Very good news after the initial scare.

Lindsay Schnell has a detailed report on the theft incident which alleged two Oregon football players were involved in the disappearance of some electronic items from a campus frat house.

After that report, the Oregonian did name the two players, but until they are charged by the Eugene police, I won't list their names on this blog.

Jerry Ulmer at the Oregonian has a feature story on Keanon Lowe who committed to the Ducks this past weekend.

"I've been a Duck fan since I was little, so I've always had some dreams of playing for the Ducks," Lowe said. "It's close to home, it's in the state of Oregon, and I'm playing for my home state."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Lowe, voted The Oregonian Class 6A defensive player of the year as a senior, wanted to play for Oregon all along.


Rob Moseley notes that two Oregon players will be at the Senior Bowl this weekend.

Running back LeGarrette Blount and tight end Ed Dickson have been named to the North roster for Saturday’s Senior Bowl, to be played in Mobile, Ala., at 1 p.m. PT on NFL Network.

Congratulations guys and we hope you do well at the game.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Duck placekicker Rob Beard is in stable condition after being admitted to River Bend hospital in critical condition yesterday according to the Register Guard.

The incident occurred on campus early Sunday morning as Beard tried to help his friend Mike Bowlin, a freshman kicker, after a verbal dispute turned physical.

Here's wishing Rob a speedy recovery.

Rob Moseley reports that two "persons of interest" will be contacted by Eugene police in a theft report.

A U of O student has accused two Oregon football players of stealing several items from a frat house on campus. Police declined to name these individuals saying the case is still under investigation.

There is a ton of speculation as some blogs identified these two players. I will not name these players here until an official statement is released.

According to Scout.com, Keanon Lowe, switched his committment from Washington to Oregon after taking a visit this past weekend.

Lowe, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound WR/DB from Jesuit High School in Portland, is a U.S. Army All-American four star player.

Bob Rickert hopes safety Erik Dargan becomes a Duck.

Of all the potential Ducks I've spoken to, Erick Dargan might be my favorite. Humble, smart, very deliberate in making his decision. All of that reflects who he is. And from a football standpoint he's got a chance to be everything TJ Ward is and Patrick Chung was at Oregon. Tremendous instincts, a big hitter and has running back speed.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley posted a feature story, recruiting profile rises with success, for your reading pleasure.

It was just two years ago that the Ducks were mentioned during the recruiting of Terrelle Pryor. Pryor never visited but Oregon sensed they could play the recruiting game at a national level.

“This year there’s 10 Terrelle Pryors,” said A.J. Jacobson, publisher of DuckSportsAuthority.com on the Rivals.com network and a longtime follower of UO recruiting. “And they’re actually visiting. Now the question is, will they come or not?”


“In a general sense, this is unheard-of heights in terms of who they’re in on,” Jacobson said.

Check out the complete story here.

Bob Rickert reminds us that there are only ten days left to influence the recruits and has a story on some new names.

Linebacker Joe Hemsshoot is making his visit but may be close to committing to Stanford. Also on hand this weekend in Eugene is  Shaydon Akuna. A four-star player rated number one in the Islands at mid-season. He's a linebacker right now and  Oregon's pursuing him aggressively.

Current TCU commit and 4-star receiver/rb Josh Huff is still talking to Oregon about winding up in Eugene, as is Keanon Lowe who reportedly is in Eugene this weekend.

Oregon's also hosting Eric Dungy next weekend. The son of former NFL coach Tony Dungy is a 6 1", 185lb receiver from Tampa.


Linday Schnell introduces DE Tony Washington.

Named the defensive MVP in 2009, Washington recorded 87 tackles on the season and was also named All-Inland Valley and All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation).

You can see him in action at YouTube. Very quick and he tackles well.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley looks at special teams in his continuing series, 2009 the year in review.

What’s on the horizon: The biggest issue to address is replacing Morgan Flint. Neither Rob Beard nor Mike Bowlin had the kind of consistency in practices last fall that the Ducks need from their placekicker. The good news is, pretty much everything else is set. With consistent development, Jackson Rice will be one of the best punters in school history, and Kenjon Barner also has a promising future. One change may come at long snapper, where the Ducks are thought to have a commitment from prep snapper Drew Howell.

Ted Miller looks like he might have exhausted his "decade in review" articles and now ponders what the next decade might bring.

Here are two on his list of ten that caught my eye.

5. A rising Northwest: Oregon and Oregon State don't appear to be headed for a drop anytime soon. They may play for the Pac-10 title again in the 2010 Civil War.



1. Can the Pac-10 keep up? The SEC and Big Ten make a lot more money than the Pac-10. Those conferences have better bowl arrangements, but their biggest advantage is TV revenue. New commissioner Larry Scott must figure out a way to negotiate a lucrative deal, which will start in 2012, that doesn't leave the conference behind.

Miller also has this story on what the Pac-10 recruiting needs are. Here is his take on Oregon.


Defensive line: The biggest question mark for the Ducks heading into 2010 is the D-line, which must replace two starters, including stalwart end Will Tukuafu. The class presently features four D-linemen, including a JC transfer.

Cornerback: While both starting corners are back, that's due in large part to the season-ending injuries to Walter Thurmond and Willie Glasper. Coach Chip Kelly wants more and better depth here, and he's already got three commitments at the position.


Tight end: A guy like Ed Dickson isn't easy to replace. While David Paulsen did some nice things last year, expect JC signee Brandon Williams to be in the mix.

Hot on the recruiting trail, Bob Rickert keeps us up to date on the status of DT Bjoern Werner (Connecticut), DE Owa Odighizuwa (Portland), DE Gabe King (Eugene), safety Erik Dargan, RB Lache Seastrunk, and receiver Anthony Jefferson.

Jeff Smith introduces us to DL Isaac Remington, a JC transfer who is on campus and attending classes.

Remington will be an experienced junior in the fall after redshirting one season and playing two seasons of junior college football.

Remington told Scout.com that he committed to the Ducks as soon as they made him a formal offer because "that is my dream school."



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Friday, January 22, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Ted Miller is at it again. This team he lists his Pac-10 "decade favorites" for programs, coaches and all-decade team.

For programs he has Oregon at number two.

Oregon (87-37): The Ducks started the decade fast and finished fast, ending up with five seasons of 10 or more wins and two BCS bowl berths, making the Ducks the only Pac-10 team -- other than USC -- to go to more than one.

On his coaches list he has Chip Kelly at number ten and Mike Bellotti at number two

Miller's all-decade team has three Oregon players. OG's Adam Snyder and Max Unger along with DT Haloti Ngata.

Lindsay Schnell continues her countdown to signing day story, meet CB Terrance Mitchell.

A first-team all-city cornerback who plans to enroll in Eugene in March.

"I wanna keep the secondary strong," said Mitchell, who was also the Metro Conference 2009 Offensive MVP. "Oregon was my No. 1 school."

Mitchell's high school coach, John Heffernan, believes Mitchell has the ability to make an immediate impact in Eugene.

"The bigger the challenge, the better he performs," Heffernan said. "He always played his best games in our biggest games.

"He's not afraid of the big stage."


Rob Moseley reviews the secondary in his continuing series.

Walter Thurmond III was simply one of the best players in the country when he suffered a knee injury in late September, and Willie Glasper started just twice in his place before also being lost to a knee injury.

The silver lining in that dark, dark cloud was the emergence of John Boyett, who replaced T.J. Ward in the starting lineup after Ward’s injury.

Boyett took a major step in his development early on this fall and finished as Oregon’s leading tackler with 90, along with three timely interceptions.

The most likely starting group for 2010 would seem to be Talmadge Jackson III and Cliff Harris at the corners, with Boyett and Lewis the safeties.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Ted Miller continues his Pac-10, best of the decade series, with teams and games.

Teams:Oregon, 2001: How strange was the Ducks 49-42 loss vs Stanford, their only defeat of the season? The normally staid AP said this in the game story, it was "a game that had everything but aliens landing on the Autzen Stadium turf." The Ducks led by 14 in the fourth quarter before a blocked punt and interception from Joey Harrington allowed the Cardinal to take the lead. While Oregon fans mostly remember getting BCSed out of the national title game by Nebraska, the Stanford game prevented them from playing Miami in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks blasted Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 2, still the program's best final ranking.

Games: Oregon 56, Arizona State 55 (2 OT), 2000: Many of you are drawing a blank, but the ones who saw this one are jumping out of their chairs and going, "Oh man. That one was nuts." Both teams scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. The teams combined for 1,228 yards, 663 of those for the Sun Devils. Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington threw six -- SIX! -- touchdown passes, including three in the fourth quarter, the last of which tied the score with 27 seconds left after the Sun Devils gave away a critical fumble. Arizona State freshman QB Jeff Krohn threw five TD passes, by the way. ASU lost the game when coach Bruce Snyder decided to fake the extra point and go for the two-point conversion in the second overtime. It failed, leaving fans in Tempe stunned.

Andy Mac has posted his 2009 football season in photos for your enjoyment.

Rob Moseley also looks back at 2009 and reviews the linebacker position


This group wasn’t quite as prolific as even they had hoped; [Spencer] Paysinger and [Casey] Matthews entered the season hoping to approach 100 tackles, but each finished with 81, tied for second on the team.


Matthews and Paysinger will be touted as two of the top linebackers in the Pac-10 entering next season, and they should be the guys leading the team in tackles, week in and week out. NFL futures will be on the line for both.

Bob Rickert assesses the recruiting front.

Oregon's still solidly in the mix for Owa after his in-home visit with the Duck coaches went very well on Monday night. I'd consider Oregon the favorite for both Lache Seastrunk and Erick Dargan at this point. And I'll also offer up that Oregon has a strong chance to land both Anthony Jefferson and Gabe King at this point and I'd be surprised if they don't land at least one of those two.

Those are all four and five star players. It would be a phenomenal class if they just landed most of those players.


Lindsay Schnell introduces future Oregon TE Curtis White.

The standout from Sheldon High School in Eugene helped lead the Irish to two state titles, winning both games he played in Oregon State territory, an accomplishment he plans to continue in an Oregon uniform.

"I'm going to prepare like I can get the starting job," White said, speaking of Ed Dickson's departure. "The only position on offense they lose is the one I play."


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley continues his year in review for 2009 and takes a look at the defensive line.

Will Tukuafu was the heart of the unit, a demanding leader who set a tone of toughness and effort every day. As a bigger end, he could hold up whenever the Ducks moved from their base 4-3 look to a 3-4, though his numbers weren’t off the charts. At the other end, Kenny Rowe developed into a pass-rushing terror with 11.5 sacks, including three in the Rose Bowl to tie that game’s record.

Ted Miller is looking back at the decade and picks his top ten players in the Pac-10. One Duck made his list.

Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon: The 345-pounder was the best run stuffer the Pac-10 has seen of late. He blocked seven kicks at Oregon and piled up 17.5 tackles for a loss his final two seasons before becoming the No. 12 pick in the 2006 draft (Baltimore).

In another decade piece Miller remembers his top ten moments. Oregon makes four of the ten spots. Here is one of those Duck moments on his list.

Civil War for the Roses: While both teams were ranked higher in the 2000 Civil War, Oregon and Oregon State had never previously played for higher stakes: a Rose Bowl berth for the winner. The game matched the pregame hype as the Ducks prevailed in a 37-33 thriller.

Nick Daschel looks at the Pac-10 stability ratings. In his "rock solid" category are the Ducks.


The Ducks have been churning out bigger and better seasons longer than Oregon State, and the financial pockets of the program are deep as long as Phil Knight is interested. Two mild differences: 1) Oregon’s entitled fan base expects more, and won’t tolerate a string of six and seven-win seasons; 2) College football remains a coach’s game, and as long as Chip Kelly is in charge, Oregon should be fine. But unlike Riley, Kelly’s will hasn’t been tested by offers from big-name schools. Until it’s clear Kelly is here for the long haul, there will be a little uneasiness when one of the big boys is looking for a coach.

Lindsay Schnell would like you to meet future Oregon OL Nick Rowland in this story.

Rowland is a four-star recruit ranked No. 7 nationally at his position by Rivals.com. He was named to the all-state team by the Arizona Republic and Arizona Football Coaches Association.

"The minute I got off the plane I fell in love with Eugene," he said. "The crowd is awesome. It blows away Sun Devil Stadium."


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Ted Miller looks back at a decade just completed in the Pac-10.

While the decade was mostly owned by USC, it wasn't entirely. Four conference teams finished ranked in the final top five of the AP poll at least once: Washington, Oregon, Oregon State and USC.

And yet, in the final year of the decade, they (USC) fell back into the pack -- and the "pac" moved up, with Oregon and Oregon State playing a Civil War for the Rose Bowl berth.

Greg Biggins reports that two-way standout Anthony Jefferson (Los Angeles/Cathedral) will be making his college choice later in the week between UCLA and Oregon

"They're pretty much dead even," Jefferson said. "They're both at the top of my list and I plan to commit to one of them sometime this week. I'm done with home visits so I'm just going to take the next few days and look at things like where can I play early, my relationship with the coaches, comfort level and just my gut feel as well.".

Nick Daschel looks at preseason polls and finds it favorable for the Pac-10.

Lurking third in many of the preseason polls is Oregon, which returns 18 starters from its Pac-10 championship team. Oregon State and USC are mentioned in every Top 25 ranking we found.

Ever wonder why or how American Samoa continually produces some of the best college and NFL talent?

DT Simi Toeaina is from there, and his brother, former Duck Matt Toeaina, along with Andrew Iupati and QB Jeremiah Masoli has family there, too, as  Samoan blood runs deep through the Oregon program.

60 Minutes had a very good story on this phenomenon this last Sunday. You can watch it here. Be sure to check it out.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Lache Seastrunk Highlights



Kid is fast, follows his blocks and can really work the sideline. Hope he chooses Oregon.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


• Bob Rickert reports that RB Lache Seastrunk will announce his final decision in his high school gym on Jan. 27 in Temple, Texas.He is considering; Auburn, Louisiana State, Memphis, Oregon and Southern California. Here is what Rickert says on Oregon's chances.

You've undoubtedly read about his visit, the bowling trip he took with some teammates, seen some shots of him laughing with fellow Texan LaMichael James, etc. His game is pre-made for the Duck spread offense. Needs to add a little weight to be a solid blocker to protect in the play-action game and be durable. But not unlike LaMichael who did the same thing in one year and we all saw how that turned out. I like Oregon's chances here.

• You can scratch top RB Marcus Lattimore from the Oregon list. Rob Moseley notes that Lattimore has narrowed the field to South Carolina and Auburn.

While Lattimore's decision isn't a huge surprise it is pretty cool that the top two RB's have Oregon on their radar.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Addition


Dave and I had our first chance to go see our newest Duck fan yesterday. Suzi and Chuck are the proud parents of Jaxson David who was born on January 13th. Vital stats, 8lb. 12oz. and 21 inches long.

We took some photos of our visit and you can see them all at my Flickr page.

He is one cute boy. Congrats Chuck and Suzi!

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Bob Rickert keeps bringing the recruiting news as he relates the latest details on Seastrunk, Dargan, Jefferson, Heimuli, Baxter, Thomas, Owa, King, and Lattimore.

Dillon Baxter is in Eugene and touring the school and facilities.

Seastrunk opted to go bowling and just hang out with some of his potential future teammates.

Gabe King has Oregon and Cal as his final schools it looks like. Cal offered first and has been after him longest. Oregon is now the hometown team and he's been to seemingly every single Duck game this year, knows the program, the coaches and the school really well. And, two of is best friends are coming to Oregon in Chris McCain and James Scales
.

Check out the complete story for other details.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley report that the Sporting News print edition has Oregon listed at number two heading into the 2010 season.

The publication predicted that the Ducks “will the run table in the Pac-10.’‘

Oregon, perhaps, got some help in that regard today when Stanford running back Toby Gerhart and Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski announced they will leave school early and enter the NFL draft.


Adam Jude reports that Oregon has climbed into the 25th spot in national recruiting according to Rivals.com.

Dillon Baxter is in town on an official visit.

Baxter, from San Diego, was named U.S. Army national player of the year. He committed to USC long ago, but reopened his recruiting in the wake of the USC coaching changes.

The Ducks are also in on two of the nation’s top running backs, Lache Seastrunk and Marcus Lattimore.

Seastrunk, rumored to be leaning toward Oregon, will apparently announce his decision on Jan. 27.




The top in-state player, Portland defensive end Owamagbe “Owa” Odighizuwa, told Rivals this week that he’s eliminated USC and Oregon State from consideration—leaving UCLA, Oregon and Nebraska as his finalists.

If Oregon gets lucky and signs a couple of these guys, it would be huge.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


• Rob Moseley looks at how the offensive line did in 2009.

The unit began the season as one of the youngest in the country and took its share of the blame for the loss at Boise State. But it matured relatively quickly, and the Ducks ended up leading the Pac-10 in rushing offense as usual.


The Ducks will go from being one of the least experienced lines in the BCS at the dawn of 2009 to one of the most experienced in 2010. The starting five had a combined 20 career starts entering last season, and that number is now 83 entering the senior season of Thran, Holmes and Kaiser.

These guys should be fun to watch in 2010.

• Bob Rickert, who does a good job of following recruits, gives us an update on the latest rumors and news.


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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley does his year in review, this time with the receiving corps.

Moseley concludes that replacing Ed Dickson is the number one priority at tight end. David Paulson might be that guy but JC transfer Brandon Williams will give him a run for his money.

At WR, there is a ton of talent waiting in the wings "but in terms of true difference-makers right now, the list starts and ends with Maehl."

Ted Miller has another top ten list, this time he looks at the top "moments" of 2009 in the Pac-10. Oregon makes the list four times. My favorite:

Oregon beats Arizona 44-41  in double-overtime: It was as entertaining a game as you could see. Oregon overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit because of a tour de force performance from Masoli, who scored three touchdowns running and three passing, including an 8-yard toss that tied the score with six seconds left and forced overtime, stunning Wildcats fans who already had jumped from the stands for a postgame celebration. The loss kept Arizona from playing in its first Rose Bowl.

Andy Mac has posted his Rose Bowl photo blog and there are some nice shots. Check it out here.

John Canzano weighs in on USC hiring Lane Kiffin and says it is a good thing for the Pac-10. Canzano doesn't mince words.

Remember, Kiffin is a 34-year old guy with a 12-21 record as a head coach. Same dolt who incorrectly accused Florida's Urban Meyer of cheating. Same guy who committed a brash string of NCAA secondary infractions and other absurd actions in 14 months of mediocre football at Tennessee.

His misdeeds ranged from improper use of social networking sites to the controversial use of female hostesses to lure recruits to staging a simulated news conference. Everytime he opened his mouth off the field, you cringed. His shining moment on the field? A two-point loss to Alabama.

Basically, he's a bozo with a headset.

Wonderful, yeah. Give the Kiffin hire your blessing, Oregon and Oregon State.

Then, get ready for another Civil War with the Rose Bowl on the line.


Andy Staples at Sports Illustrated posted a, way too early, look at the top 25 for 2010. He has Oregon at number six.

Aside from standout tight end Ed Dickson, Oregon returns all offensive starters from a group that scored 36 points per game in 2009. Yikes. Nine starters return from a defense that should improve this season. Double yikes. Expect to hear more quacking in Pasadena -- unless the Ducks fly to Glendale, Ariz.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


The biggest story from yesterday is that USC has hired Lane Kiffin of Tennessee as their next head football coach. Ted Miller has his thoughts on the hiring of Kiffin.

It's a stunning, splashy decision that few saw coming, but will inspire a lot of "Really?" from media and fans.

Kiffin's head coaching career has been spotty. He was 7-6 in one season at Tennessee and had an acrimonious split in 2008 with the Oakland Raiders, where he went 5-15.


George Schroeder sees the departure of Pete Carroll as an opportunity for Oregon and other Pac-10 teams.

All of which is to say, there’s a huge opening here for the rest of the Pac-10, and especially for Oregon.

Sorry Pete, no one Wins Forever — not at that level, anyway. But now that you’re gone, Oregon has a real opportunity to Win For Awhile.


Bob Rickert is keeping a close eye on the flurry of activity surrounding recruiting in two separate stories. Check them out here and here.

Looks like five star running back Dillon Baxter, who has been a USC commit since almost grade school, will be visiting Oregon this weekend in the wake of Pete Carroll and much of his staff leaving for the NFL.

You can view some of Baxter's highlights at YouTube.

Rob Moseley continues his year in review, this time with the running backs.

LaMichael James emerged as a top-tier Pac-10 back. The little jitterbug from Texas ended up running for 1,546 yards, second all-time at Oregon, with 14 touchdowns. He became a better breakaway threat later in the season, and went on to be named the Pac-10’s freshman player of the year on offense, and a freshman all-American.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley has a year in review story on Jeremiah Masoli. Moseley does a nice job of recapping 2009 and takes a look at what Oregon might do to prep the next QB for the 2011 campaign.


Masoli started 12 of 13 games and was named second-team all-Pac-10 by conference coaches. He was 177-of-305 passing for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns, with six interceptions. Masoli was also Oregon’s second-leading rusher, with 668 yards and 13 touchdowns.

At his best Masoli is a thrill-a-minute player, and Oregon fans are lucky they’ll get to watch him for yet another season in Eugene.



A compelling storyline in the fall will be how the Ducks portion out reps behind Masoli during the season.

Adam Jude notes that three Oregon football players have joined the track team.

A sprint champion in high school, redshirt freshman LaMichael James was one of three football players added to the Oregon track and field team on Monday, the school announced.

Senior running back Andre Crenshaw will compete as a jumper, and junior offensive lineman Josh Sanford will throw the shot put and discus.


Ted Miller looked at the Pac-10 bowl season and takes a best and worst of article. Oregon made his list twice, once in each category.

Worst play: Trailing 19-17 in the Rose Bowl, Oregon faced a second-and-2 from Ohio State's 18-yard line. A huge hole opened. But running back LeGarrette Blount couldn't handle a high handoff from quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. The Buckeyes recovered the fumble and dominated the rest of the game.

Best performance, defensive player: Oregon's undersized but quick defensive end Kenny Rowe set a Rose Bowl and Oregon bowl record with three sacks in a losing effort against Ohio State. He finished the season with 11.5 sacks, which led the Pac-10.


John Hunt reports that four Oregon players have been invited to the NFL combine being held Feb. 24 to March 2 in Indianapolis, IN.

Four Oregon seniors have been invited to the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine: tight end Ed Dickson, safety T.J. Ward, running back LeGarrette Blount and cornerback Walter Thurmond.

Good luck guys.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Bob Rickert looks at the remaining spots the Ducks have available for recruits, seven or eight, and wonders who might fill those spots.Rickert points out that Anthony Jefferson is the only receiver who has indicated he is leaning heavily towards Oregon. You can catch a highlight clip at YouTube.

 Ted Miller announced that the LA Daily News reported that Pete Carroll handed in his resignation to USC yesterday evening. Check out the comments on the LA paper site. Kind of get the feeling the ship is sinking in LA.

Miller also reported that Mike Riley accepted an extension to his contract which ends speculation on the USC opening.

“Due to the fact there is a lot of speculation on my future, I want to make it known that I’m very excited to be coaching at Oregon State University and I anticipate doing so for a long time,” Riley said in a statement from the American Football Coaches Association convention in Orlando, Fla.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley notes that four star prospect Dior Mathis (see previous post which has video), committed to Oregon yesterday on national television.

Mathis is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound back who reportedly runs the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds. “It was the academics and the coaches that really inspired me to go there,” Mathis told the television crew. “I love Oregon, so that’s where I’m going to be the next four years.”

The rumor mill continues to churn out stories regarding Pete Carroll's apparent decision to leave LA for Seattle.

The latest stories revolve around recruiting. Will potential USC recruits have a change of heart now that they suspect Carroll is leaving? Are other Pac-10 coaches seeking out possible USC recruits in hopes of swaying them to their schools?

I think it definitely is a possibility and the phones might already be ringing around the country.

And how about this story on Mike Riley being offered a possible lifetime contract to keep him in Corvallis?

We'll keep you posted as the drama unfolds.

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Dior Mathis commits to the University of Oregon 1-09-2010



Michigan prep standout CB Dior Mathis commits to the University of Oregon Ducks during the US Army HS All-Star Game yesterday.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Rose Bowl Highlights - Video



I know, we didn't win, but how many times can you actually say our Ducks went to the Rose Bowl. There were plenty of great offensive and defensive plays to fill 10 min. worth of video. It was a fantastic year and although we didn't win we still love our Ducks! (HD version will be available after a hour or two.)

Just like Arnold says, we'll be back.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Biggest story from yesterday didn't involve the Ducks directly, but if you look at the long term ramifications, it just might.

ESPN reports that USC head coach Pete Carroll has reached an agreement to become the next Seattle Seahawk head coach.

Carroll wasn't the only Trojan to fly the coup. RB Joe McKnight says he will enter the NFL draft and backup QB Aaron Corps transferred to Richmond. It was also reported that Carroll wants to take USC OC Jeremy Bates with him and the Chicago Bears are interested in Bates.

Quite the shakeup in the first week of the winter season. Last one out please turn the lights off.

Where will USC look for their next head coach. Corvallis, Eugene, Palo Alto, TCU or the NFL? Some folks think that is a possibility.

Will USC still come out strong in 2010, even with all these changes? Or will they have another down year?

Be sure to catch the Army All-America Bowl today at 10am local time on NBC if you would like to see some players recruited by Oregon in action.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


The Football Writers Association of America announced yesterday that LaMichael James and John Boyett made their Freshmen All-America team. Chip Kelly nabbed the rookie head coach award. Congrats to all.

 Andy Mac and Rob Moseley take an early look at the two deep for the Ducks. Moseley notes:

It will be very interesting to see who gets backup quarterback reps. Costa is still the best option for a full-time replacement for Masoli, but (Darron) Thomas will need reps if he’s going to start in 2011...

If you have access to the NFL network programming you might check out this game on Jan. 30 at 9am PST. The USA Junior National Team will compete in USA Football’s “Team USA vs. The World” game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. You'll get an early look at RB Dontae Williams, an Oregon recruit.

After Alabama beat Texas in the championship game last night, the final polls were released.

The Ducks were voted as the No. 11 team in both The Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Our group had a fabulous experience trip to Pasadena last week to catch the Rose Bowl but not everyone did.

Jack Moran at the RG reports that some Oregon fans "lost" their wallets.

Ever wonder how Oregon stacks up against the rest of the Pac-10 when it comes to the current recruiting class? ESPN has a nice little chart with all the numbers.

Rob Moseley shares a feature story with his viewers and looks at a "fully stocked flock" returning next year.

“Any experience you get is valuable, and we can build on that,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re a young team. We got to the Rose Bowl and we won the Pac-10. But we obviously have higher aspirations of not just getting to a bowl game but winning a bowl game.”


The Ducks return 10 starters on offense and on defense, the entire two-deep is back at linebacker and in the secondary, with the exception of safety T.J. Ward.

How many days until the Spring Game? Should be a fabulous season and I can't wait.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Recruiting and more recruiting as we take a look at the stories from yesterday. While the loss of Dominique Easley to Florida was a big blow, Greg Biggins at ESPN says signing Gabe King would be a nice consolation.

King (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene), a standout defensive lineman, favored Cal back in the summer, but Oregon rallied and has been a fairly-solid leader for the last three months.

Biggins also noted that hard hitting defensive back Erik Dargan (Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg), is a solid possibility for the Ducks. "UCLA is going to have to really do a lot to overtake Oregon," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli said. "Oregon has recruited him very hard from the beginning and coach (Nick) Aliotti has a great relationship with our program since he played here and knows our kids really well.


Bob Rickert has a few thoughts on possible Oregon recruits.

Nothing sounds like its changed in the mind of Dior Mathis with regards to the Ducks and I expect he'll announce for Oregon.

Oregon's also in the final three for cornerback/receiver Anthony Jefferson out of Cathedral High in Los Angeles.

He's not just a four-star player with great speed, hands, and instincts, he's able to turn  a small crease into a huge gain, or make up ground on a receiver while the ball is in the air. You can't always coach that, most of it is just raw skill that you know how to use.


Two stories on former Duck coaches hit the blogs yesterday. Longtime coach, Rich Brooks (Kentucky), has announced his retirement and Mike Bellotti had double knee surgery yesterday and is recovering with no complications.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Rob Moseley reports that three new faces can be found on campus now that winter classes have started.

Offensive lineman Ryan Clanton, defensive lineman Isaac Remington and tight end Brandon Williams are all enrolled after signing with Oregon out of junior college last month. Tyrece Gaines should be good to go seeking his redshirt status after taking only one snap this last season. The NCAA will have to sign-off on this though.

The Pac-10 announced the 2010 schedule yesterday. You can view the changes to the Ducks schedule at GoDucks.com.

Ted Miller has a chart comparing all the Pac-10 teams not so stellar stats from the bowl games. This just adds more fuel to other conferences claiming the Pac-10 is weak on defense.

Bob Rickert relates the efforts of Oregon to recruit defensive players.

The obvious dissappointment of EAsley choosing Florida aside, Oregon's still in the thick of it for four quality defensive linemen. Owa, Ricky Heimuli, Gabe King and Bjoern Werner. I expect at least two of them to commit to Oregon. That's about the minimum of what Oregon needs going forward. Three would be ideal, and all four would of course be spectacular.

John Hunt says most of Oregon's big guns return next year.

After a Rose Bowl championship in his first year as head coach slipped from his grasp -- or was held from him tauntingly by a disciplined Ohio State team -- Oregon coach Chip Kelly looked over to Kenjon Barner and saw the silver lining.

"You know, the great thing about tonight, and I know there are a lot of negatives about tonight," Kelly said, "but I get to spend three more years with Kenjon."


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Monday, January 04, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Not much in the way of new content from the blogosphere yesterday. I have added my pictures from our trip to Flickr for your Monday morning enjoyment. Here is one of the pictures, our group standing in front of Gate A, you can find the rest at Flickr by clicking here.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Schroeder looks ahead to next year and thinks the Ducks could be very good. Here is a little sample.

Winning the Pac-10 is always the goal. Winning the Rose Bowl comes next. But with 18 returning starters for 2010, the Ducks should think bigger.

Like the BCS Championship.

You’re thinking, in the wake of the loss to Ohio State, that this sounds crazy. It might not be.


Rob Moseley has a feature story, the one that got away. Moseley takes a look at what might have been had a few plays turned out differently.

Moseley also lays out the plans for the team through the winter in preparation for spring practice.

Rachel Bachman has a story on the financial aspect of the football program and the challenges AD Mike Bellotti faces.

This isn't football related but how surprising is the 2-0 record of the basketball team after defeating the Huskies yesterday, and on the road? Good job guys!

Leaving for Eugene in about a hour on the last leg of our journey, I'll check in tomorrow.

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Saturday, January 02, 2010

Duck Stuff - Rose Bowl

We really had a fantastic time with our Pasadena experience. Tailgating on a golf course was fantastic and the Duck fans out numbered the Buckeye fans probably 30 to 1. That didn't transfer to the stadium which looked about 50-50.

The game was a disappointment, I think we played a little conservatively and could have thrown some long balls as the run action was going anywhere.

We are on our way home and made it back to the Bay area. Home to Eugene in the morning. The photo is from our seats in the stadium, I will post others after I get home.


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Friday, January 01, 2010

Rose Bowl Preview




“We are about to embark on a season that has all of the possibilities to be memorable. It could be memorable as a season when we had so much talent, only to lose close games, and scratch at our potential. Maybe it will be memorable as a stepping stone...a season where we won big games only to lose some that were within grasp, making us even more gritty for the following season. Or it could be a different kind of memorable. It could be a season where we have Lee Corso don a duck head to the adoring cheers of thousands, prior to a dethroning of USC as conference badasses. It could be a season with unprecedented attention—unprecedented accomplishments. It could be that season.”

I know. It’s awfully self-serving to quote myself, but as I prepared to write on the Rose Bowl, I reread my posts from this year, trying to find inspiration. It’s funny how a season comes together. You never quite know what you’re getting into...each game has significance, but until all of the games are played, you never really know which matches result into the most important ones. When it all winds down, you have a feel for which moments turned your season around—which moments had the gravity to change the future course of events.

The Cal game provided many moments to remember. My favorite moment of that game actually came on Cal’s only scoring drive...a drive of -8 yards. Field position allowed them their only three points of the game. Another moment to remember this season was when Chip the Skip donned the Duck head during GameDay. That’s our coach. And how about Nate Costa getting the ball in place against Arizona? Yeah, that was memorable. Of course Ed Dickson’s clutch grab to put us into overtime has to be on this list. Maybe my favorite memory from this season is watching Jeremiah handle OSU’s safety on his way to a late-game first down. These are moments that have defined our season.

Boise State could have defined our season. Stanford could have derailed us. But no—not this team. Despite the ugliness of the early season games, and despite the pounding we received from Toby Toby Toby, we never stopped fighting. Always this team’s mantra—WIN THE DAY.

The beauty of it all is that our biggest moments have yet to come. The biggest moments are going to take place this afternoon, on the largest stage possible. The plays we’re going to watch to remember this season haven’t even occurred. How exciting is that? Masoli truckin’ a big ol’ Ohio State safety hasn’t happened yet. LaMichael taking one up the middle for a Rose Bowl recored 89 yards hasn’t happened yet. Cliff Harris’ coming out party...a pick 6 on TP hasn’t happened yet. These are the plays we’ll remember...these are the plays that will define this season. We’re in the Rose Bowl. We’re playing Ohio State. This season—everything has led us here. Unlike 1995, our goals have not yet been met. This year we win. We win for the seniors. We win for the coach. We win for the fans. This is our time...this is our season...this is our team.

Having travelled to the game, I’ve had lots of time to make a variety of predictions. My predictions can be summed up simply...I predict a preseason #1 ranking, following the beat-down we’re getting ready to hand to another OSU. Of course, this is a true Oregon homer speaking...but I love it.

Foot on the throat. Full throttle. Don’t let up, not even for a second. Raise your hands in the air. Cheer with me.

Oregon, our Alma Mater
We will guard thee on and on
Let us gather round and cheer her
Chant her glory Oregon
Roar the praises of her warriors
Sing the story Oregon
On to victory urge the heroes
Of our mighty Oregon!
Go Ducks Go!
Fight Ducks Fight!
Go!
Fight!
Win Ducks Win!

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


Quick post from a StarBucks just outside of Pasadena. Hotel room (fail) had issues with the internet so we had to come here to get our Quack fix.

Roamed the thousands of people camped on the streets for the Rose Bowl parade this morning. Lots of Duck and Buckeye fans and we chatted with a few of them here and there.

My prediction is Oregon will not make this close.

47 - 28 Oregon

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Rose Bowl: Chip Kelly

Rose Bowl: Chip Kelly

Chip the Skip at a media day conference. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

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