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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Bob Rickert reports that former Ducks Haloti Ngata and Ed Dickson are primed to have a huge year for the Baltimore Ravens.

Ngata's coming off a Pro Bowl year in which he's also recovering from off-season surgery a few months back for a torn muscle. The surgery went well, he's been lifting for almost three months and he's ready for a huge year in 2010.

Dickson came to them this year via the draft as a third round selection and he's done well in early showings on the field as well.

• Pac-10 recruiting is becoming more national every year as Ted Miller relates in a story from Jamie Newberg.

Writes Newberg:

For the players themselves from the Eastern seaboard, the Pac-10 offers a slightly different version of student-athlete. The Pac-10 is known for their wide open, pro-style offenses. The conference also has a very good academic reputation. Those are just two important variables for recruits when making their college decision.



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Friday, July 30, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Here are some of last years highlights for Tacoi Sumler, the 4* WR who gave his verbal to the Ducks yesterday.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pac-10 Media Poll - Oregon #1

• Thought I would get one last post up before we head out of town. Ted Miller just posted this from his blog.

In a tie for the second-closest vote, Oregon nipped USC to top the Pac-10 media poll, but it's a sign of perceived conference parity that seven teams received No. 1 votes.

Here's the poll (No. 1 votes)

   1. Oregon (15)... 314
   2. USC (12)... 311
   3. Oregon State (3)... 262
   4. Stanford (1)... 233
   5. Arizona (2)... 222
   6. Washington (1)...209
   7. California... 175
   8. UCLA (1)... 134
   9. Arizona... 81
  10. Washington State... 39


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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley notes that a report out of DuckTerritory.com have 4* WR Tacoi Sumler from Miami committing to Oregon. Here is a video interview with Sumler from ESPN.

“There is no better sports marketing program than the Warsaw program Oregon offers. I think it’s one of the best fits for me on the field as well. The combination of what they offer on and off the field is simply the best overall opportunity for me."

• Rob also posted  his fall camp preview of the running backs.

The question for James entering fall camp is, what does he do for an encore, now that he’ll be the centerpiece of Oregon’s offense, to the extent that there even is one in a spread.

Here is another indication that Masoli is headed for Ole Miss.

Chip Kelly took the time yesterday to do an interview with ESPN Radio and says we'll only have one QB come opening day. You can listen to the complete podcast here.

Heading out for our annual Man Camp trip today and will be back Sunday afternoon. I have a couple of posts scheduled for Fri-Sun but will not be able to report any breaking stories until I get back.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Masoli going to Ole Miss?

• George Schroeder just posted that he talked with Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt this morning regarding their interest in Jeremiah Masoli joining the team. It looks like they are very serious about taking the chance with the former Duck QB.

“We’re just looking into the entire situation, from the background, to his (academic) transcripts, to his graduation (from Oregon) to graduate school—the whole bit,” Nutt said. “We’ve made no determination.”

Nutt said he didn’t expect resolution for “a couple of days,” but a decision must be made in a hurry because preseason practices are less than two weeks away.

“Time is a factor,” Nutt said.


Wow, they must really be hard up.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Andy Staples at SI.com calls Larry Scott "savvy" when it comes to re-branding the Pac-10 image and this video suggests, to me anyway, they are on the right track. With a new logo, a re-designed website and a new focus on social media. Now we just need a fat new TV contract. We'll see. And when Utah and Colorado join the conference it will be the Pac-12.

• Andy Mac has posted his 2010 season preview and says the Ducks have the potential for a very special year. Now, will they deliver?

• Ted Miller looks at the Pac-10 receivers and has Oregon in the good, not great category.

The Ducks aren't flashy, but they welcome back their top three receivers from last year. By season's end, Jeff Maehl was one of the best in the conference. Things would have been better if Tyrece Gaines and Diante Jackson weren't ruled academically ineligible.

• Rob Moseley lays out the fall camp practice schedule and does a preview of the QB position.

During the spring, [Nate] Costa seemed to have the advantage when practice opened, while [Darron] Thomas improved over the course of the month and had a solid spring game.

There really isn’t as much separating the two as some believe.

Costa and Thomas both have big arms, and both can make yards outside the pocket. This sets up as a very dramatic battle over the course of fall camp, potentially to go unsettled until the week Oregon begins preparations for the season opener.


Just a personal opinion but I think (barring injury) Costa will be our guy, I think he is pushing himself to prove he can do it.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• The Pac-10 media day is on Thursday but there a host of activities leading up to the big day. Things get started today with the Pac-10's official new website that is set to unveil at 2pm local time.

Everyone heads for NYC today, a trip to ESPn HQ's in Bristol, CT tomorrow and be back at the Rose Bowl on Thursday where coaches and a select member of each team will represent their respective schools and speak with reporters.

Ted Miller has the complete itinerary here.

• Cleveland Browns second-round pick, T.J. Ward, has agreed to a four-year deal, according to National Football Post's Aaron Wilson. Ward was selected 38th overall in last April's NFL Draft.

• Ted Miller has a preseason look at the offensive line for each Pac-10 team and has Oregon in the top spot.

The Ducks not only welcome back all five starters, they welcome back all 10 members of their 2009 two-deep.

Miller also looks at the road schedules this season and calls Oregon's October 30th game at USC the conference game of the year.

Hopefully, with the same outcome as last year.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Here is a 2009 highlight video along with an original song posted by MrRustyDuck late last year. Good times.

Senior QB Nate Costa is filling the leadership role this summer and he seems to relish the opportunity as Steve Summers reports.


Costa is recognized as an inspiration as he has made comebacks from three knee injuries that might have spelled the end of his career. However through hard work and toughness in attitude, Costa was back. 

Just to demonstrate the kind of player and leader he is, on Friday, Costa was one of the very first to arrive at the practice field in preparation for the summer workout. In fact he was there almost an hour before the workout was scheduled to begin.


The players set up about five-yards from the goal line (on Papè field) and worked against the Duck defensive backs and linebackers on getting the ball into the endzone. Costa was dead-on with the familiar tight-spirals he is known to throw.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



As good as the defense was last year I have a feeling the Duck "D" might have to step it up a notch to give an inexperienced QB a little extra breathing room this year.

MrRustyDuck has compiled this video to remind of us one very special year, 1994, and our beloved Gang Green. Enjoy.

Twenty nine former Oregon players will put on uniforms in the NFL this year. Aaron Fentress at the Oregonian has the complete list here.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Chris Coutney at eDuck (pay site) looks at Tra Carson,3 star, 6'0", 215lbs. RB, who hails from Texarkana (TX) Liberty-Eylau, the same high school that LaMichael James attended, stating he and James talk often about life, football, and Oregon. Catch his moves in the highlight video above.

• Steve Summers at eDuck, spent a recent sunny afternoon with the Ducks as summer workouts wind down in preparation for fall camp.

Nate Costa did most of the passing and the drill lasted about 20 minutes... Costa demonstrated his great spiral pass and was nearly dead-on with each throw. D.J. Davis made catching the ball look easy, but it was easy to see there were plenty of receivers, whether it was running backs, tight ends or wide receivers, to man the Duck roster for the upcoming season.

The team will conclude summer workouts next week and will reassemble on Aug. 9th when fall camp begins.


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Ted Miller continues his preseason position reviews for the Pac-10 and has Oregon on top for the running back category.

While the Pac-10 blog rates Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers ahead of LaMichael James (I think not Ted, see video) as an individual player, the Ducks have a decided edge in depth, and not only because James' backup, Kenjon Barner, is one of the conference's most explosive players. The incoming recruiting class also features Lache Seastrunk and Dontae Williams, the No. 6 and No. 13 prep running backs in the nation in 2009.

Most of the preseason Bowl predictions that I have seen that involve the Ducks repeating in the Rose Bowl have Oregon going up against Iowa.Andy Gardiner and Sam Aleinikoff, from USA TODAY break that mold by choosing Oregon going up against TCU in the Granddaddy of them all.

Ted Miller features Oregon in his best case-worst case scenarios. An entertaining look at what could happen for the Ducks in the upcoming season. Hilarious closing statement in the worst case scenario. A must read story.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Just in case you're not getting excited about returning to Autzen Stadium in September this video should bring back some memories. YouTube member keeerrrttt1 did a great job compiling the scenes that make it so special.

Ted Miller went a little crazy yesterday with three posts and reminds us that Pac-10 Media Day is just a week away. DT Brandon Bair makes the trip for Oregon.

Miller also looks back on the 2007 recruiting class and has high praise for the Ducks.

How many are expected to start in 2010: 10 (Rowe, WR D.J. Davis, LB Casey Matthews, CB Talmadge Jackson, OG Carson York, TE David Paulson, OG Mark Asper, WR Jeff Maehl, S Eddie Pleasant, DE Terrell Turner).

Verdict: When you toss in DE Will Tukuafu, WR Aaron Pflugrad (a starter who transferred to Arizona State) and WR Terence Scott, this is a good, if not great, class. Three or four of these guys should be All-Conference players.


And finally, Ted reviews the Pac-10 QB's and takes a wait and see stance for Oregon.

Rob Moseley notes that another offensive lineman has committed, this time it is homegrown James Euscher of Aloha.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Bob Rickert reports that Tyler Johnstone, a 6' 6", 260lb. tackle out from Chandler, Arizona. Johnstone and carries a 4.0 GPA has verbally committed to Oregon. Here is a highlight reel from last year.

The Sporting News gives the Pac-10 high marks for the strength of their non-conference schedule and ranks the top and bottom five games. Oregon makes each list with the game against Tennessee  in the best category and Portland St. on the bottom.

Rob Moseley spent some time with Chip Kelly's first recruiting class and finds out they have lofty goals.

“I believe in a few years we’ll have at least the national championship,” said [Ricky] Heimuli, a highly regarded defensive tackle who committed to the Ducks on signing day in February.

Big dreams, sure, but big things were expected of the newest class of Ducks before they ever got to town. Both Scout.com and Rivals.com rated the class No. 13 in the nation, among the highest ever for Oregon.


Be sure to click on the "video" tab of the article for some player interviews and practice action.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Fun little video that's new on YouTube yesterday, The Ten Duck Commandments.

Bud Withers at the Seattle Times takes a look at the upcoming Pac-10 meetings in Pasadena where the AD's will discuss, among other topics, revenue sharing.

"That'll be a great drama to watch unfold," said Washington State athletic director Bill Moos.

"It's the elephant in the room," Washington AD Scott Woodward said.



Before they ever get this far, the Pac-10 fathers have to figure out a way to align the league members. None of it — divisions, revenue sharing, deciding on the lunch menu around the meeting table — is going to be easy. As they say, the devil is in the details.

Bob Welch takes a tongue in cheek approach to the new AD at Oregon, Rob Mullens.

Bo Thran is helping to host a benefit youth football camp on Saturday.

The event is a benefit for the families victimized by a shooting in Gresham earlier this year.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Phil Steele has updated his 2010/11 Bowl Projections now that USC has been officially sanctioned from playing in any post season bowl games.

Steele has the Ducks going to the Rose Bowl facing Iowa.

Of course, we knew that all along, sanctions or not.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Reruns



As we closer to the end of July it means one thing, each day we get that much closer to Fall Camp in a couple of weeks. And "fresh" Duck football news is getting very scarce.

I think one of the things we can count on this season is a dominant defensive unit. Here is Part 1 of my highlight video on Oregon's defensive highlights from 2009. Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Reruns



• As there wasn't much of anything in BlogLand yesterday (I don't count lame former QB non-stories) I thought I would share one of my favorite highlight videos. Gotta love the music too.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Chip Kelly gives his views on the hiring of Athletic Director Rob Mullens from Kentucky. Here is the full story at GoDucks.com where you can also watch the complete press conference. And the official statement by U of O President Richard Lariviere.

“Rob Mullens brings a deep reservoir of experience to the University of Oregon,” Lariviere said. “He has played key roles in managing large and complex organizations at the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland, and those universities have flourished as a result. His management and financial expertise will be invaluable to the UO as our athletics department continues to thrive and secures its place as one of the preeminent programs in the nation.”

Rob Moseley reports on the receiving corps. He notes that the coaches will look to some freshmen to step up their game in the wake of off-season departures. One of the standouts is Josh Huff.

Huff is physically mature, at about 6 feet and a muscular 205 pounds, has good hands and is also “fast as lightning,” according to freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett. Huff is slated for the “tazer” slot receiver/running back position along with Barner, he said, giving the Ducks two versatile players who can line up all over the field.

Check out the complete story here and be sure to click on the video tab to see some footage of Huff working with freshman QB Brian Bennett in the Moshofsky Center.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Here is another, more detailed look at the new Field Turf at Autzen Stadium with Jerry Allen as your host. Video is courtesy of GoDucks.TV. Definitely looking good and I can't wait to get back.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



KVAL shares their video of the new "flat" Autzen Stadium field.

The Omaha World Herald has a good story on native son and Oregon QB Daryle Hawkins who is trying to work his way up the depth chart.


“He's got to learn how to harness all that talent and become efficient as a passer and a signal caller,” [assistant coach Scott] Frost said. “But Daryle's going to be right there in the mix.”

The Sports Brewery compiled a list of the early betting line for most of the Oregon games this year. Looks like the bookies are picking the Ducks in each game mentioned.

Single-game reserved tickets for all six of the University of Oregon’s 2010 home football games will go on sale to the general public beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday (July 15) at www.GoDucks.com.

CBS Fantasy News has Oregon as the Pac-10 favorite.

Oregon is the current favorite to establish itself as the new Pac-10 superpower.

LaMichael James is nothing less than jaw-dropping as a runner, and the team has Kenjon Barner and five-star recruit Lache Seastrunk providing even more big-play ability behind him. Replacing Masoli is obviously a concern, but whoever takes over at quarterback will need to do little more than hand it to the running backs and watch them take off.


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Among Jonathan Stewart's passions are music and giving back to the community he was raised in.

You can find his music on his MySpace page and the montage of highlights above feature some of that music in the background.

When it comes to giving back to his community, you would be hard pressed to find another NFL player who sponsors a football camp for kids and then does it for free.

Aaron Fentress at the Oregonian spent some time at Stewart's camp in Lacey, WA last week and came away impressed. Here are some snippets from that story, and be sure to read the entire article if you have a couple of minutes.

But whether Stewart was making errant passes, faking out 9-year olds or urging players to work hard, he did it all with the smile of a child at play among children who reminded him of himself when he was young.


Said [camp director Rod] Huber: "Stewart is truly one of a kind. I've been doing this for years and have never seen anything like what he does."

Stewart's philosophy is simple: "For me, why make somebody pay to get better at something or to be inspired. That's what this is all about. I'm not in it to make any money, especially in my hometown."

In addition to {Jarius] Byrd, former Oregon teammates, Pittsburgh quarterback Dennis Dixon and Carolina tight end Dante Rosario also appeared. Carolina running back DeAngleo Williams coached on Wednesday.



Displaying selfishness is not part of Stewart’s message to kids. His camp preached teamwork and dedication. During a speech at the camp, Stewart told the youth that the camp was more about lessons for life and not about football.

“Football is preparation for life,” he said.


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Bob Rickert has another one of his "random recruits" posted and this time it is Darrius Jennings. He plays QB in these high school highlights from last year, Rickert notes that he is being recruited for the WR position.

Jennings has over two dozen offers from all over the country in every conference and brings the kind of athleticism to the field that the nation's best teams covet. The Baltimore, Maryland nativeis 5' 11", 180lbs. of play-making ability and playing quarterback right now in a Wildcat formation in high school.


Jennings would be a great fit in Oregon's offense with his quickness and ability to make guys miss. If he visits,the chances of him coming to Oregon go up significantly.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Bob Rickert reports that DE/TE Kyle Boller, 6'4" 200lbs., has Oregon as one of his final two choices. The video above above shows his many skills.Coach Az has the North Carolina native pegged for the perfect choice as an Oregon DE.

• Anyone that knows me wouldn't be surprised to learn that I would seriously consider getting a new TomTom GPS just so I could listen to a Star Wars character give me directions.

Hmmm, your destination you have reached, hmmm.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• EA Sports NCAA Football 11 has some cool new features and this video shows off the "no huddle" look as Oregon takes on Oklahoma. Notice how the QB looks to the sideline to get the play when he calls an audible? And is that Costa in the backfield with LMJ? Does EA know something we don't?

• Getting back to reality, Ted Miller has Oregon at #3 in his list of top five "defensive three-headed monsters."

DE Kenny Rowe, LB Casey Matthews, S John Boyett

Rowe led the conference with 11.5 sacks and ranked 13th on our top-25 list. Matthews earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 and ranked 24th on our list. Boyett was the first freshman to lead the Ducks in tackles since they started keeping defensive statistics in 1969.


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Friday, July 09, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley links to this video that was co-produced by offensive lineman Nick Cody. Good stuff on strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe. Moseley also mentions offensive guard Jamal Prater intends to commit to Oregon on a visit later this month according to Scout.com.

Rob also spent some time watching the team workout yesterday afternoon and no one was letting the heat get them down. Here is a sample of his notes on the action:

Nate Costa continues to impress me with his arm, and Darron Thomas had some nice throws as well; the quarterbacks weren’t running in this setting, so that element of their game wasn’t in play.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Former U of O TE Dante Rosario will host a youth football camp this Friday and Saturday in McMinnville to benefit the See Ya Later foundation. He will be joined on Saturday by fellow Carolina Panther teammate Jonathan Stewart. You can find all the details here. (Link courtesy of Rob Moseley.)

The Oregonian has confirmed that Jeremiah Masoli will not be entering the NFL supplemental draft as had been earlier rumored.

While Ted Miller has finished his top 25 Pac-10 players before the season starts, he also expects a couple of Ducks could make his top 25 by seasons end.

John Boyett, S, Oregon: Stepping in when T.J. Ward went down, he became the first freshman to lead the Ducks in tackles since the defensive records were first consistently recorded in 1969. Should be an all-conference threat as a sophomore.

Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon: A clutch playmaker, he ranked 10th in receptions and 10th in receiving yards per game in the conference in 2009, but those numbers figure to go up as he looks like the go-to receiver for a team that might throw more in 2010.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

It seems that LSU is looking to fill an open spot on their schedule for 2011 with a high profile game at a neutral site. Could it be Oregon? According to this LSU blog (link courtesy of Rob Moseley) it is a possibility that makes sense.

LSU Associate Athletic Director Verge Ausberry said last week that LSU is in final-stage negotiations with a handful of potential foes for the 2011 season opener on Sept. 3 and said it’s possible the Tigers could wind up in another high-profile intersectional neutral-site game.

Cowboys Stadium, the 80,000-seat state-of-the-art home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, as the most likely site for a 2011 neutral-site game.

The Ducks need to replace a game because right now their 2011 schedule includes a road game at Utah, which will now be a league game.

Oregon is scheduled to begin the 2011 season with a home game against Kansas State, but Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said this week he would like to adjust his program’s schedule to include mostly non-conference home games.


Other teams are mentioned of course but wouldn't that be some kind of exposure?

Ted Miller finished his top 25 players of the Pac-10 Tuesday with Jacquizz Rodgers but wanted to include 6 players who almost made it and Spencer Paysinger is on that list.

His numbers are as good as Casey Matthews(#24.) Maybe better. Felt like I flipped a coin between them.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud


 • Brandon Bair and LaMichael James talk with a KVAL reporter on summer workouts and getting ready for fall camp which is only a month away.

• Two of Oregon's QB recruits are taking part in this year's Steve Clarkson Maui Super Seven.

Jerrard Randall and Brett Hundley joined five other QB's in Maui as they continue their development and map out a plan to play at the next level.

It would be easy to argue that Randall has the strongest arm of any of the quarterbacks we have seen in person, on tape or both for the 2011 class. However, his blessing can also be his curse because he knows only one speed -- 110 mph. 

That being said, the slightly built, wiry signal-caller is a quick learner, has feet like a sewing machine needle and is a terrific athlete. He lacks ideal height, but his dimensions fit perfectly to Oregon's style. He is such a good athlete that he will give defenses fits with his legs, but his ability to make all the difficult throws is what is most impressive.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

If you remember back to late May I mentioned how everyone in the world sought DT Kevin McReynolds. According to Bob Rickert, he will be visiting Oregon on a west coast swing in late July.

Kevin McReynolds may be one of the most important recruits of the entire year for Oregon. He's got the size and skill to anchor the Oregon defensive line along with Ricky Heimuli for years to come... Oregon needs talented interior line defenders like McReynolds in the worst way in this recruiting cycle.

Phil Steele has his Pac-10 "Team of the Decade" posted for your viewing pleasure and Oregon comes in at #2.

Oregon comes in at #2 fresh off their Rose Bowl appearance... The Ducks had 3 titles, 9 bowls, 3 AP Top 10 appearances and the conference’s 2nd best win % at 67.9%

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

KVAL has posted the photo shown on this post of the new Pac-10 logo on the field turf at Autzen Stadium.

Bob Rickert reports that QB commit Jerrard Randall will be visiting on September 18th, during the Portland St. game,  instead of coming earlier this summer.

Randall has attempted to give his verbal commitment but under Coach Chip Kelly's policy it's not accepted until a player has visited campus. Look to hear some good news on September 18th.

Happy Fourth of July everyone, enjoy yourselves and be safe.

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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Andy Mac thought it would be fun to compare LaMichael James stats versus Jacquizz Rodgers and Jake Locker in games played against Oregon. Locker (can you say "overrated") and Rodgers are making the rounds on the East Coast primping for Heisman publicity.

The clear winner is James, no surprise there.

• Mike Bellotti, Rich Brooks, Nick Aliotti and baseball coach George Horton are among the big names expected to participate in a Duck Athletic Fund benefit being held later this month in the Lake Tahoe area.

The event is Ducks in Tahoe 2010 and will be held July 29-30. A welcome party and auction is July 29 at Round Hill Pines Beach & Marina in Zephyr Cove, Nev. The next day’s golf tournament will be held at Genoa Lakes Golf Resort in Genoa, Nev.

You can register here. Link courtesy of Rob Moseley.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Ted Miller continues to rank the Pac-10's Top 25 and LaMichael James comes in at #3.

James is the best home-run threat in the conference, if not the nation. He led the nation last year with 21 carries over 20 yards, including four over 50. He averaged 133.5 yards per game rushing in the 11 games he started. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, became Oregon's first freshman to earn Most Outstanding Player honors and was named to numerous freshmen All-American teams. 

He's been named second-team preseason All-American by NationalChamps.net and Sporting News. He will be a leading candidate for the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the nation's top running back. James has legitimate track speed: He placed 5th in the 2010 Pac-10 championships at 100 meters while posting a personal best time of 10.52 in the semifinals. He also anchored 4x100 relay to a fourth-place finish.

Rob Moseley shares his story that appeared in yesterdays R-G, "Signal callers pilings up for Ducks."

Generally the UO football team has carried five quarterbacks per season, and thus it was expected the Ducks would try to sign two come February, when Costa’s eligibility will be exhausted. In the past week, Oregon has indeed received two verbal commitments from prep signal-callers — but the player thought to be atop the Ducks’ wish list at the position is still uncommitted, as is a wonderfully athletic prospect from Florida who has said he’d like to be in Eugene come 2011.

Click here to read the complete story.


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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

George Schroeder ponders the pros and cons of splitting the Pac-10(12) into divisions, whether they be north/south or east/west.

Expansion, even the smaller version, was a good move. Although [Larry] Scott didn’t get everything he wanted, he introduced a novel concept: the Pac-10 (-12, whatever) as catalyst, a driver in college sports rather than a sleeping passenger.

Jeremiah Masoli to the WAC? That's the latest rumor and this Oregonian story covered it from front to back.

Jeremiah Masoli visited Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., over the weekend, The Oregonian has confirmed, as the former Oregon quarterback attempts to sort out his future after being kicked off the Ducks team this spring. 

Are ESPN and Fox in a bidding war for a new Pac-10 contract in 2012? John Ourand at the Sports Business Journal says you can count on it.


ESPN recently sent word to the conference that it is interested in discussing a possible channel partnership, sources say.

But ESPN isn’t alone. I expect Fox will also make a significant bid for the broadcast and cable rights.


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