Photo courtesy of David Putzier at Flickr.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Bob Rickert recaps Chip Kelly's recent overseas trip in this tribute on Memorial Day. Here is a little sample of Rickert's story.

Kelly's reports continue to be filled with his admiration for the troops' ability to lead, follow and rely on each other as a true team. Until you see it up close it's tough to describe. Having seen some of it myself, I'm sure it's a perspective that will leave Kelly inspired in more than a few ways.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Saturday Reruns



Next in line for recapping last season is Arizona. One of the most exciting games from last year. It was played on Nov. 21 in Tuscon and was a double overtime, 44-41 win for the Ducks that saw me age 10 years in 4 hours. It was a wild ride.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 

Bob Rickert's random recruit of the day is DT Kevin McReynolds.

The four-star defender stands 6' 3" and weighs around 280 right now. He's the 16th ranked defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com

McReynolds has offers from the entire world but the early word is that he will make a trip to Oregon at some point. If so, Coach Azzinaro, early playing time the facilities and all the momentum of the program of course, give the Ducks a shot.


This highlight video doesn't have any sound and watching a defensive player is not as much fun as watching a QB or running back, but you can still get a sense of why everybody is giving him an offer. Look for #40 or #77 in the video.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Bob Rickert would like you to meet Kelvin Fisher from Highley High in Gilbert, AZ. He plays RB and CB in this video but Oregon thinks he would make a great safety. This video is from last year (Junior) and shows his speed and athleticism. As a freshman he scored 17 TD's in just 6 games. Pretty impressive numbers. He has a visit setup to Eugene in the near future.

Rivals has a reporter traveling with Chip Kelly and files this report from activities on Wednesday. Here is a quote from Kelly in the article.

"I got a sense of what we were going to get into back at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., before we left, when we were fit for body armor. They don't fit you for body armor when you go to Club Med."

Kelly will be back in Eugene next week.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Andy Mac reports that Jordan Holmes has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. The award is given annually to college football’s top center.

A U of O student has nominated the  large "O" sign on the side of Skinner Butte to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.

The large "O" was built in 1958. Over the years this structure has been a symbol of collegiate rivalry between the University of Oregon and Oregon State. It was stolen from its resting place in 1962 by OSU students and later put back in its original location in 1965.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Various sources including Scout.com, Rob Moseley and Bob Rickert have reported that QB Marcus Mariota of Saint Louis School in Hawaii will give his verbal commitment to Oregon when he comes to Eugene in about a month for a football camp.

At 6' 3" and now 180lbs Mariota possesses a strong arm, good vision downfield and the ability to make plays with his feet.

Included above are some highlights from last year.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Sounds like the $3m that Mike Bellotti received as his "buyout" was a bargain considering he asked for $7m. Yikes.

• In more rational news.

The Uof O Athletic Department and O Heroes recently announced that it will hold its annual Quackin’ Action community event on Sunday, June 6 at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene. Approximately 150 UO student-athletes will teach more than 250 elementary school children from Springfield “How to Be a Good Duck.”


The Duck Pep Band and Spirit Squads will also be on hand to teach the UO fight song, Mighty Oregon, to the participating youth.

To conclude the event, the student-athletes will also have an autograph signing session.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Rob Moseley shares a feature story that appeared in the R-G yesterday where he lays out the plans for a new football operations center.

With funding from Nike co-founder and UO mega-donor Phil Knight, the Ducks are planning a new football operations center that will also require the construction of a new soccer and lacrosse facility. The university is preparing to present its basic plan for the project to the State Board of Higher Education on June 4, even though many of the specific details have yet to be finalized.

You can read the rest of the story here.

• Rivals follows Chip Kelly as he prepares to leave on the first leg of his journey to pay tribute to the troops.

Oregon  coach Chip Kelly scans the scene around him, looking at the faces of the men and women who are serving his country at McConnell Air Force Base.[Wichita, KS]
 

Chip Kelly does the timing during the first of the tour's combine-style events.
"This is something else," says Kelly, crossing the finish line of a 5K race that was part of the festivities before later coaching a flag football team made of men from the base. "I am happy and honored to be here."


Have a grand time Chip!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

2010 Oregon Football Youth Clinic



Here is a little video put out by GoDucks.TV featuring some of the kids and events held a couple of weeks ago during the 2010  Oregon  Football  Youth Clinic.

This is an annual free event for the youth of Lane county, grades 1-8, operated by the student athletes of the University of Oregon football  team. Looks like everyone had a great time.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Reruns



Last time we watched one of these "reruns" we saw Oregon pound USC into the Autzen turf. We had a bye before our next game on Nov. 14, again at Autzen and the result was pretty similar.

Oregon 44 -Arizona St. 21

Enjoy the memory.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley scoured Phil Steele's preseason all-conference lists to come up with the Ducks who made the grade. The first team selections include these Oregon players:

LaMichael James, RB
Bo Thran, OT
John Boyett, S

Check out the rest here.

Sticking with the preseason hype, Athlon has Oregon at #9 nationally. Sounds like they have pegged Costa as the starting QB. Here is a sample.

No pressure, Nate Costa. All you have to do is take a team that was thought by some to have serious national title aspirations and make sure it lives up to its potential.

Even if Costa is perfect, there’s some work to be done on the other side of the ball. The linebackers are fine, but the defensive front has to grow up, and the secondary needs depth. But that won’t attract the attention the quarterback position will — right, Nate?


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



  Here is a new video as the turf replacement project continues at Autzen Stadium. Video courtesy of GoDucks.TV.

Need a new door mat? Something in green maybe? Your last chance to pick up a piece of the old field turf happens this Saturday between noon and 4pm at the Wildish site, 5001 Franklin Blvd.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Rob Moseley filed a story that appeared in the R-G yesterday on Chip Kelly's Middle East trip to visit the troops.

“It became apparent that this is a guy that fit what we were looking for,” said Mike Whalen, a director of Morale Entertainment, the non-profit that organizes the tours with support from the USO and Under Armour.

In choosing coaches for the tour, Whalen said, organizers look for the personality and charisma required to interact with some 15,000 to 20,000 service personnel over the course of just over a week.


Sounds just like Chip to me.

• Andy Mac reports that LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner have accomplished something that hasn't been done at Oregon since the 1933-34 school year.

They became the first student-athletes in 74 years – and second and third ever - to win conference titles in both football and track in the same academic year, joining former Duck football captain and javelin thrower Bob Parke.

Quite a feat guys, congrats.

• Incoming recruit Derrick Malone was honored yesterday with the 46th annual Ken Hubbs Memorial Award, which goes to the best male high school athlete in the greater San Bernardino area.

"I'm honored and blessed," Malone, a football and track and field star, said after receiving a bust of Hubbs and posing for dozens of photos.
 

Malone's mother, Candice Allen, had a similar reaction.

"I'm surprised," she said. "When I heard them say how (the winner) coached youth football and fed the poor, I said 'Oh my God, that's my son.' I'm very proud. He's a good kid."


Very nice story, check out the complete article if you have a couple of minutes.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Junior TE David Paulson, who is majoring in business administration, was a guest poster on the CNBC Sports Biz blog yesterday and writes on the marketing of college players.

He wonders if the NCAA should always own a college players rights, even after they graduate?

Well written piece, you should check it out.

Rob Moseley pours over the numbers from the off-season conditioning program that come from the U of O strength coach, Jim Radcliffe. Here are some numbers that caught me eye.

The Ducks also measure players “at speed,” over 30 yards with a running start. Tops on the roster this year was senior receiver Jeff Maehl  at 2.84 seconds, followed by cornerbacks Anthony Gildon and Scott Grady at 2.91 seconds. Gildon also posted a record-setting vertical jump of 38 inches this winter.

No wonder Maehl has that knack of finding the open spot.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner assisted the U of O track team as both the men and the women swept the Pac-10 Championships yesterday.

Freshman LaMichael James took fifth in the 100 in 10.72.

The quartet of Vernell Warren, Ashton Eaton, Kenjon Barner and James ran a season-best 40.36 in the Ducks’ fourth-place 4x100 meter relay team event.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Here is a look at the continuing turf replacement project at Autzen Stadium. No narration, just a lot of wind noise, but wait until the end and the semi hauling out excess dirt. Tight fit through that tunnel. Video courtesy of GoDucks.TV.

LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner did their part in helping the 4x100 relay team reach the finals at the Pac-10 Championships being held at Cal's Edwards Stadium yesterday.

James also qualified for the 100 meter final with a time of 10.52, sixth fastest among all runners. The finals for all events will be today.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller reports on the "A-List Position Battle" (not counting the overly discussed QB race) and chooses the cornerback position.

Three spots in the secondary appear mostly set: safeties John Boyett and Eddie Pleasant and cornerback Talmadge Jackson. But one corner spot remains open.

Candidates: Junior Anthony Gildon (6-1, 78), sophomore Cliff Harris (5-11, 170), freshman Terrance Mitchell (6-0, 175) and redshirt freshman Avery Patterson (5-10, 173).

There's a wealth of talent here and lots of guys will be in the rotation. But everybody wants to be listed first. Harris might be the frontrunner, but it seems like coaches are challenging him to step up.


Rob Moseley shares a feature story that appeared in print yesterday and takes an indepth look at the turf replacement project at Autzen Stadium.

The new surface is the latest generation of FieldTurf. It will again alternate between light green and dark green every five yards, with the lighter green turf improved to strengthen its defenses against the UV rays.

A large yellow Oregon logo will be at midfield, and the end zones will have a script “OREGON” in yellow. The new surface will also feature two logos for the Pac-10 Conference, which plans to unveil an updated version of its logo sometime this summer.

Wildish [contractor] will have the surplus turf, already cut into souvenir sizes for safety reasons, available for pickup at its Glenwood location at 5001 Franklin Blvd. from noon to 4 p.m. both Saturday and on May 22.


Norm Maves reports for the Oregonian on  longtime campus barber Pete Peterson who celebrated 40 years of cutting hair, being a friend and a storyteller. Those that met at Taylor's Bar & Grill Friday afternoon included Dan Fouts, Gary Zimmerman, Doug Little, Peter DeFazio and many others.

It was everybody else's turn to tell Pete Peterson stories, which is what happens when you cut hair for 40 years at 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street -- probably the busiest business intersection in Eugene.

You become part of the fabric of the city, and the city becomes part of you.

That's why Peterson threw his little 40th anniversary party Friday – to say thanks to the University of Oregon students who came into the three-chair Red Rooster barber shop once upon a time for a haircut and left with a lifetime friend.


Nice story. Be sure to check out the complete article.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



According to the Arizona Central, Chandler (HS) quarterback Brett Hundley has been offered a scholarship by Oregon.

The Ducks aren't alone in their interest of the 6"3" 215 lb. QB. Offers from other Pac-10 schools include ASU, UA, Stanford and Washington. This highlight video from 2009 shows off his scrambling and passing skills. Perfect fit for the Ducks? Hell yeah!


Link courtesy of Ted Miller.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley delves deeper into what the football television exposure that was reported yesterday means for the coffers of the Oregon athletic department.

Ted Miller wonders what effect the Big 10 "super expansion" rumors will have on the Pac-10. He ponders the possibilities from the plausible to the (admittedly) down right ridiculous.

The conference [Pac-10] adds Texas, Texas A&M, Utah, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska. Commissioner Larry Scott wins Nobel Prize for Kicking Butt at the Negotiating Table, despite Big Ten and SEC opposition.


Projecting how the dominoes ultimately fall on the West Coast, however, continues to be pure speculation at this point.

Jairus Byrd still came in second after a re-vote for the NFL Rookie of The Year award was held yesterday. Even after it was revealed that Houston Texan linebacker Brian Cushing had tested positive in a drug test. The vote was much closer this time, 18-13 vs 39-6, but still, somethings wrong with this picture.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Dave Curtis and Matt Hayes over at The Sporting News rank the Pac-10 QB's and have Costa at 4th and 5th respectively. And Hayes takes it step further with this bold prediction.

The Ducks will win the Pac-10 because coach Chip Kelly will find the right combination of Costa and backup Darron Thomas in specific sets to get enough from the position.

The Heisman Pundit notes that the last three Heisman winners have been sophomores. Which sophomores have the best chance in the 2010-11 season?

Second year players who have already established themselves as stars in college football thanks to outstanding freshman seasons.

In this group, I’d include the following players:

    * Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
    * Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh
    * LaMichael James, Oregon
    * Andrew Luck, Stanford


Andy Mac reports that Oregon has added 5 more nationally televised games to the schedule for 2010. Here is the list which incldues the previously announced UCLA game. All times are Pacific.

    * Sept. 11 at Tennessee, ESPN2, 4 p.m.
    * Sept. 25 at Arizona State, FSN, 7:30 p.m.
    * Oct. 2 vs. Stanford, ESPN, 8:15 p.m.
    * Oct. 21 vs. UCLA, ESPN, 6 p.m.
    * Oct. 30 at USC, ABC, 5 p.m.
    * Nov. 26 vs. Arizona, ESPN, 4 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

In his "spring review" series Rob Moseley rates the special teams players.

Kenjon Barner remains the favorite to return most of the kicks and punts in the fall, but the Ducks appear to have a solid stable of other potential candidates. Cliff Harris has a knack for negotiating up the field and making tacklers miss, and he held on to the ball more consistently this spring, as did Scott Grady. Among the newcomers, both Terrance Mitchell and Dior Mathis look like potential impact players in the return game, too.

Moseley also reports that former Duck, T.J. Ward, could end up being the recipient of the NFL rookie of the year award after a re-vote.

Ted Miller has a "way too early" bowl projection and pegs Oregon for the Fiesta Bowl.

Oregon vs. Nebraska: Ducks lose tiebreaker to USC for the Rose Bowl berth but end up earning an at-large selection here against the Cornhuskers.

Lord Beverage and Muchas G have posted another entertaining podcast for your enjoyment. The guys talk about the top ten surprises of the spring, the Spring Game, Duck U and other Oregon football related news. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Here is a little video of the festivities prior to the Spring Game last weekend courtesy of GoDucks.TV.

• Rob Moseley reports that the artificial turf replacement job at Autzen Stadium gets started this week.

Crews will arrive Monday to begin removing the FieldTurf surface installed in 2002. They will also level the playing field, removing a prominent crown that measures 2 percent.

The crown is very noticeable if you have walked on the field at Autzen.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

First off a big Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!

The Twilight Meet was held yesterday at Hayward Field and the participating football players didn't disappoint.

LaMichael James won the 100 with a wind-aided time of 10.62 seconds. His teammate, UO freshman Kenjon Barner, was second in 10.76.

“I felt good, my training has really paid off,” James said. “I don’t have football to worry about so I’m a little fresher. Hopefully, I can get my time down more next week.”

Barner was making his official track and field debut.

“I was very nervous,” he said. “That’s the first time I’ve run on a track. I would like to think that I could help the team out. Wherever the coaches think I can help, that’s where I want to be.”

In the exhibition 60 meters, featuring five UO football players, freshman Dior Mathis was the easy winner at 6.87.


Rob Moseley does a "spring review" piece on the defensive backs.

Eddie Pleasant started his Oregon career at linebacker, and this spring he moved back yet another level, taking over for the departed T.J. Ward at rover. According to coaches the transition was made with unexpected efficiency.

True freshman Terrance Mitchell vaulted up the depth chart after enrolling in late March, and redshirt freshman Avery Patterson also inserted himself into the competition.


Must say that Mitchell was very impressive at the Spring Game. I think he's a keeper.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Spring Game Highlights - Video



Here are the highlights from the Spring Game last week. Enjoy!

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

The ever prolific ESPN blogger, Ted Miller, was busy yesterday with a quartet of "spring" related posts. He put a wrap on Oregon's spring by posing three question marks. Who will win the QB job, who will the kicker be, and will the defense be better in 2010 after surprising everyone last year.

Looking at the Pac-10 as a whole, Miller wonders if there is a Heisman candidate in one of these players.

As far as star power, there's plenty: Locker and Luck, the Rodgers brothers -- let's not forget receiver James is an All-American candidate -- and LaMichael James. There's got to be a Heisman Trophy candidate somewhere there.

Next up from Miller is "what we learned this spring" in the Pac-10.

Reports of Oregon's demise are greatly exaggerated: Some of you might recall that I not so long ago predicted that Oregon would end up in a BCS bowl game -- THE BCS bowl game. But Masoli was far from the only reason expectations were so high. The Ducks are talented across the board and they are still a top contender for the Pac-10 title.

Rounding out Miller's quartet of stories is this one on "the best of spring" in the Pac-10.

Best competition heading into fall, offense: Nate Costa vs. Darron Thomas to be Oregon's quarterback.

Best position change: Oregon switched Dion Jordan from tight end to defensive end, where his athleticism suggested he could become a dangerous pass rusher. Jordan was going no where at tight end. He may end up in the NFL as a defensive end.


Rob Moseley was busy yesterday as well as he posted three stories for your reading pleasure. He starts by looking at the coaching transition at Tennessee. Will they be ready for the Ducks come September?

Continuing his spring review series, Rob looks at the linebackers and the defensive line.

Linebacker: Michael Clay can capably spell Spencer Paysinger at the weak-side position (WILL), or the Ducks can give middle linebacker Casey Matthews a break by inserting Clay and sliding Paysinger into the middle spot (MIKE).


Defensive line: The Ducks knew what they had in seniors Brandon Bair and Kenny Rowe. In looking for a tackle to start next to Bair, there were a handful of candidates, including some promising newcomers. But Zac Clark got the first shot based on his experience last season, and he consistently played stout rush defense over the course of spring drills to hold on to the job entering the summer.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Expansion or partnership? With Pac-10 and Big-12 television contracts expiring after the 2010-11 season there are rumors of partnership talks going on between the two. Ted Miller delves deeper.

Big 12 and Pac-10 administrators and athletic directors met Wednesday in Phoenix, and afterwards Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott used terms like "strategic alliance" and "pooling TV rights" and "joint network."

There are plenty of reasons the conferences could work together, starting with geography: They are the only two BCS conferences entirely located west of the Mississippi River. It would be easier for the Pac-10 to partner with a conference in the Mountain and Central time zones, rather than one that's entirely in the East, such as the ACC.


Miller also posted the just released Pac-10 bowl schedule for 2010-11.

Rob Moseley continues his "Spring Review" series as he looks at the offensive line and the receivers and tight ends.

O Line: C.E. Kaiser, Bo Thran, Mark Asper and Jordan Holmes return and there is no threat that anyone will take those jobs anytime soon. But Carson York is mending this spring, and Darrion Weems is making the most of the situation.

An athletic player who didn’t always seem to get the most out of his talents in the past, Weems worked all spring with the No. 1 offensive line.

Receivers and tight ends: Jeff Maehl returns and isn't giving up on his usual spot in the highlight reels.

The most consistent production on offense throughout the month seemed to come from Maehl. He has good hands, great toughness and outstanding athleticism, all the attributes necessary to become a top-flight Pac-10 receiver as a senior.

At tight end, David Paulson slid seamlessly into the starting spot vacated by Ed Dickson. He continues to have the best hands on the team, and to hone the other elements of his game.

Justin Hoffman had a prime opportunity to make a name for himself, and the walk-on from Eugene did just that. He consistently caught the ball, occasionally made spectacular plays and routinely got open.


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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Rob Moseley starts off his Spring Review series by highlighting the QB's and running backs.

QB: Nate Costa seemed to have a slight edge over sophomore Darron Thomas, but Thomas roared to the finish over the final two weeks of camp to make the competition essentially a dead heat.

The two are not only close in production but also have relatively similar skill-sets, setting the stage for a competition that doesn’t figure to be settled until late August.


RB: He didn’t get a whole lot of action [at the Spring Game], but LaMichael James didn’t have much to prove, either. Kenjon Barner took yet another step, showing the ability to be an every-down back.

Oregon coaches talk about wanting to get their best 11 players on the field as often as possible; if that’s the case, opposing defenses should face a lot of two-back sets in the fall. James and Barner are two of the best football players on the team, period.


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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley shares a feature story, "no air apparent", that appeared in the R-G yesterday.

But will it be Thomas’ load to carry, or Nate Costa’s?

Chip Kelly has expressed confidence the Ducks can win regardless of which player is behind center come fall.

He didn’t bite following Saturday’s spring game when asked whether he’d be more inclined to go with a steady veteran — i.e., Costa — over a youngster with worlds of potential.

“I’m more inclined to go with the guy who’s going to help us win,” Kelly said.


Andy Mac reports that seven players from the football team will compete in the Twilight Meet Saturday afternoon (5:00pm) at Hayward Field in a new event.

A football-only 60-meter dash will feature Remene Alston Jr., D.J. Davis, Tyrell Irvin, Dior Mathis, Eddie Pleasant, Jide Shinaba and Brandon Williams. They will toe the starting line in front of the west grandstand with the prize of bragging rights for the rest of the football offseason awaiting the winner.


Also on hand will be LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and Talmadge Jackson III who will run the men's 100 meters as well as 4x100 relay.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Why are Oregon Cheerleaders so Hot? - Video

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=77934d6c-2264-428a-8396-dc862605ec65" target="_new" title="">College Experiment: UO Cheerleaders</a>

Gotta love this video. Thanks to Blazer Prophet for the link!

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller wraps up Oregon's Spring Game and came pretty close to my own conclusions. He highlighted the play of Terrance Michell, Kenjon Barner, Jeff Maehl, D.J. Davis, and Justin Hoffman while noting the QB saga continues.

Ted also has a revamped Pac-10 power ranking now that spring practice has concluded. He dropped Oregon to number two based on the fact that the Ducks will have a new starter at QB this year. He also said the Ducks are the fastest team in the conference.

Ivan Maisel calls the Pac-10 the most interesting conference in the land.

Andy Mac reports that LaMichael James has been named to the preseason All-American second team by NationalChamps.net.

Rob Moseley has a Q&A session with Nate Costa and Darron Thomas. Here is a quote from Costa.

Question: How does the lack of a decision about a starting quarterback affect you guys?

Answer: I think it just heats up the competition, puts a little bit more fuel to the fire. It’s going to make us better, therefore it’s going to make our team better. Some teams like to name a starter after the spring, but I think it’s a good move by coach Kelly because he knows it’s going to make our team better in the end.


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Monday, May 03, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley shares a pair of stories that appeared in the R-G yesterday.

In the first article he says that the QB battle rages on between Nate Costa and Darron Thomas.

“We’re quite a bit ahead of where we were in the passing game,” offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. “There’s such wide-ranging factors of reasons why, but those guys have really been able to handle more than we’ve done at any point last season, so that’s a good thing. We’re happy with where we’re at that way. But now those guys need to transfer this out to what they can do by themselves throughout the summer and carry it into fall camp.”

Rob also had this UO Notebook talking about the military tributes, attendance, Rob Beard and Kenjon Barner. I liked this little quote from Nate Costa on the Duck tandem of LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner.

“Somebody’s going to have to come up with a tricky nickname for those guys,” Nate Costa said.

“They’re not thunder and lightning, they’re lighting and lightning. But you got to come up with something a little better than that, because those guys are incredible.”


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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Spring Game Highlights - Video



This video is courtesy of GoDucks.TV.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

It was the White team over the Green team 26-21 yesterday as the annual Spring Game was a definite success. Partly sunny skies, over 25k fans, an ESPN crew broadcasting nationally and Noah enjoying his first taste of the Autzen atmosphere. Great fun.

During the first half, neither QB stole the show but each had their moments. Costa seemed steady with fewer mistakes and moved the White squad down the field during the first quarter in an impressive drive. Thomas came alive in the second quarter after he threw a flea-flicker to D.J. Davis for a TD.

Kenjon Barner had a fantastic day on the ground scoring twice. He lead all players with 116 all-purpose yards, 96 on the ground and 20 in the air. LMJ saw limited action with just nine carries.

Jeff Maehl, D.J. Davis and Justin Hoffman all had nice catches during the game.

The defense was fast and aggressive with everyone going for the ball and not giving up on plays. Terrance Mitchell (true freshman) intercepted Darron Thomas in the first quarter that gave the White squad an early lead. Bo Lokombo was all over the place for the White squad and had a game high six tackles. Spencer Paysinger led the Green squad with four tackles.

The kicking game was the low point of the day. Jackson Rice punted the ball like he was playing JV ball in high school and Rob Beard missed an easy field goal and an extra point.

The (very short) second half featured the third and fourth string players. QB Daryle Hawkins had some nice plays, keep your eye on him in a couple of years, I think he'll be very good.

Here are all the normal links for the pundits stories. John Hunt, Steve Summers, Ken Woody (Wordy) and GoDucks.com.

ESPN3 (formerly ESPN360) has the complete game available. Look for the "schedule" link at the top of the player and then click on the "replay" tab.You can also watch in at GoDucks.TV.

I have the game on my DVR and will try to put together some highlights for your enjoyment. We have company so I might not have it posted until next weekend.

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Today is the day we have been waiting for. Seems like it took forever to get here from the last time we were at Autzen watching our Ducks in action. Need a little pre-game pick me up? Head over to the Oregon Gridiron to watch a video produced by Oregon on "draft day" from last week.

Ted Miller does a Q&A with Nick Aliotti. Part 1 and Part 2. Here is a sample:

TM: Heard a lot about Dion Jordan as just a pure physical specimen. Tell me what he's done transitioning from a tight end to a defensive end.

NA: The guy is just relentless. He chases the ball. For a smaller guy -- in that he doesn't weigh a whole lot [listed at 223 though he's likely closer to 240] -- he knows how to use leverage and his body very well and can run like the wind. He can really, really move. He's going to be a surprise. A lot of people are going to say, 'Wow, where did this guy come from?' I think he's the surprise of spring camp. I'm very pleased with him. He's an excellent pass rusher. He's really doing more than I thought he'd do, physically, at the line of scrimmage. So that's exciting.


Rob Moseley asks his readers, "What’s in the cards for tomorrow?" Some pretty good comments from everyone and the consensus seems to be seeing how Costa and Thomas stack up against each other. We'll know the answer this afternoon.

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Spring Game Jerseys - Video



Chip Kelly shows off 'support our troops' jerseys, video courtesy of KVAL.

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