Thursday, September 30, 2010
Ken Goe: Tight end Brandon Williams practiced at full speed Wednesday, albeit wearing a club on his injured hand, and Oregon coach Chip Kelly said it appears that Williams could play Saturday against No. 9 Stanford.
Rob Moseley: As far as practice highlights, Darron Thomas had a pretty teardrop deep ball to Justin Hoffman, and receiver Josh Huff had some nice moments. Rob Beard drilled a 39-yard field goal to give the offense a win in the clutch scenario that closed the day.
• GoDucks.com snapped a few photos as the GameDay trucks last night and will have a live webcam as the crew begins building the set this morning. Here is the TV coverage map which shows the split between ABC/ESPN2 feeds.
• Lindsay Schnell notes that there will be quite a few recruits on the sidelines Saturday.
• Casey Matthews and Stanford's Owen Marecic used to play on the same team and you might recognize their coach.
• Ted Miller contrasts the different styles of Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh.
There is one contrast that Kelly is clearly embracing: this year and last. Oregon prefers the din of Autzen Stadium.
"I'm just really glad we've got them at home this year," he said.
• George Schroeder says forget the finances, Chip Kelly's contract is about finding the right fit.
Kelly is richer today, and has more job security. But Oregon is better off today, and Duck fans should feel more secure, too.
They’ve got the right coach. And he thinks he’s in the right place.
• eDuck wonders if Oregon is underrated.
Last week in a “sloppy” road win the Ducks managed to score 42 points against what is easily one on the top three defenses in the Pac-10. It’s hard to suggest a team is underrated with an overall ranking of fourth but these Ducks just might be.
• The San Francisco Chronicle has a preview of the Oregon vs Stanford matchup and caught up with Jim Harbaugh. Stanford and their coach have received a lot of accolades lately but...
Harbaugh quickly climbed down from his lofty perch and quoted wrestling great Ric Flair: "If you want to be the man, you've got to beat the man."
Oregon is undoubtedly the man.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:31 AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Rob Moseley: Brandon Williams not only suited up but participated, for the first time since suffering a hand injury at Tennessee.
“Today was his first day back and we’ll figure that out as the week goes along, how he progresses, and what he can do and what he can’t do,” Kelly said.
Ken Goe: Walk-on Ramsen Golpashin is getting noticed.
"Ramsen has proved he can play football for us," Kelly said. "Ramsen has played in all four games. ... Ramsen has really worked very hard, has had a great offseason, had a great preseason camp, has really solidified himself as a No. 2 guard for us right now. He is going to earn playing time."
• Bad news for Duck fans as it was announced that the road game Oct. 9 at Washington St. will not be televised.
• Swinging wildly to the positive side was the news that Chip Kelly has signed a six year extension through 2015.
• Ted Miller has some interesting Pac-10 numbers to ponder and looks at the shrinking list of Pac-10 Heisman candidates.
• GoDucks.com has posted their week 5 football release that includes all the numbers and trivia you could ask for.
• Ken Goe reports that Brandon Bair is confident that Oregon will be better prepared for Stanford this year.
“We’ll handle whatever comes our way,” Bair said. “Seven offensive linemen, five, two – I don’t care what they put up there. We’ll get ready for it, and we’ll handle it.”
• John Hunt talked with Spencer Paysinger and although he didn't call it a "revenge" game they definitely have a bad taste in their mouth after last year.
"I wouldn't say it's revenge as in hate-hate, but we know they're a good team,'' Paysinger said. "We know they did beat us last year when we were pretty much at our highest point, so there's a sense of urgency that we want to get this for last year's seniors, for this year's seniors and just play our game.''
• Rob Moseley notes that Chip Kelly is getting back to basics.
“We just need to do a better job of getting lined up, and tackling,” Kelly said. “We didn’t do a good job of tackling them last year in last year’s game. What’s going to be key is, how well do we tackle on defense?”
• Lord Beverage and Muchas G have posted their podcast for the Stanford game and you should make this a top priority. These guys have too much fun and are totally entertaining. They break down last weeks game, look ahead to Stanford and issue a well deserved Duck You.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:03 AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Chip Kelly went back to basics with the points of emphasis that he stressed for this week during a post-practice interview.
“It’s a fundamental game,” Kelly said. “Offensively we have to improve our blocking, and defensively we have to improve our tackling.”
• John Hunt notes that Darron Thomas and Andrew Luck played against each other in high school.
• Ted Miller ranks Oregon #1 in his weekly power ranking and the Pac-10 moved up to second in the ESPN conference power rankings after a big weekend.
• Rob Moseley reports that the home and home series against Georgia has been canceled for 2015-2016 and the GameDay crew will be setting up in the Casanove Center parking lot.
• Andy Mac has the Oregon players of the week awards as chosen by the Oregon coaching staff.
• TCU head coach, Gary Patterson, is very impressed with the Ducks.
"If I was voting, after what I saw last night, I'd vote Oregon ahead of us," said Patterson after watching Oregon win at Arizona State on Saturday night. "because they were freaking awesome."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:35 AM
Monday, September 27, 2010
The Ducks still found a way to win. Their opportunistic defense forced seven turnovers. They turned two into touchdowns, and three times turned away Arizona State in the shadow of their own goal posts.
The Ducks found a way, which is what good teams do.
• Rob Moseley notes that the second half adjustments by the Oregon defense made all the difference.
“That’s what great teams do,” said linebacker Casey Matthews, who had one of three UO interceptions in the fourth quarter. “They fix their mistakes.”
• George Schroeder says the Ducks kept driving to keep the dream alive.
Eight plays, 80 yards, touchdown. Followed by three plays, 80 yards, touchdown. The Ducks needed 75 seconds for the first score, 24 seconds for the next.
Just that fast, you knew they would win.
“We kind of weathered the storm,” Kelly said.
• John Hunt recaps the win at ASU.
You could say Oregon dodged a bullet Saturday night at Sun Devils Stadium. Then again, you could also say the Ducks have a certain bullet-proof quality these days.
• Ted Miller shares his "what we learned" weekly story.
Stanford's visit to Oregon could be the Pac-10 Game of the Year: At this point in the season, Oregon and Stanford look like the conference's top two teams, though Arizona is in that conversation. Stanford beat the Ducks last year just when the Ducks looked unbeatable. The Cardinal's visit to Autzen Stadium on Saturday figures to have major Pac-10 and perhaps national ramifications.
• The Heisman Pundit rate the Ducks #3 in the country.
• Lindsay Schnell recaps possible Duck recruits play this last weekend.
• Rob Moseley reports that Chip Kelly is now focusing on Stanford.
After watching some film, Kelly said he is, like everyone else, impressed with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. But even minus Toby Gerhart, the Cardinal have a strong run game, he said.
“They got a couple of other really good running backs that have filled in. They’re doing it a little bit more by committee ... but they’re still the same type of operation, the same power run of game,” he said. “There’s not a better offensive line around, and they have some quality wide receivers and a quarterback as good as there is the country. He’s a great one.”
Rob also sets the stage for the game, where he looks at all the numbers for each team.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:44 AM
Sunday, September 26, 2010
• The Ducks jumped TCU and TCU-Texas in the AP and coaches poll respectively and are ranked 4th in both polls. Stanford jumped an amazing 7 spots to 9th. Meaning the matchup next week will be two top ten teams. Exciting stuff.
• Another piece of good news, next weeks game was picked up nationally by ABC and will start at 5:00PM local time instead of 8:15PM.
• Another piece of good news, next weeks game was picked up nationally by ABC and will start at 5:00PM local time instead of 8:15PM.
Posted by Mike Wines at 1:24 PM
• Rob Moseley leads off with his wrapup and I liked this quote from Chip Kelly.
“We’re 1-0 in the league on the road right now, and that’s good for us,” Kelly said. “They did a lot of good things. That was the top defense in the conference last year, and a lot of guys came back. We don’t make excuses. We’ll get better.”
• Ken Goe has his version here and this quote from secondary John Neal caught my eye.
"The good, the bad and the ugly," UO secondary coach John Neal said. "And the good won."
• Steve Summers gives a lot of credit to the defense and deservedly so.
John Boyett was the leading tackler with 11 tackles (nine solos) and the interception. Spencer Paysinger had eight tackles and a forced fumble. Terrell Turner had six tackles (five solos) and was given credit of a sack and a half. Brandon Bair also had a sack as did Lokombo and Eddie Pleasant was given the other half sack. Matthews recorded six tackles (four solos) and had an interception and recovered a fumble that would likely have been returned for a touchdown, but the play was called dead.
• Here are some of the other reports from Ken Woody, Ted Miller, John Hunt and Marty Martindale.
ESPN has a short highlight video and the R-G along with as the Oregonian have some photos,
• Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for John Boyett.
The Oregon safety had a game-high 11 tackles and an interception he returned 39 yards for a TD. He also had three pass breakups in the 42-31 win at Arizona State.
• Andy Mac wraps things up with all of the numbers and facts. Here are just two of them.
• The Ducks have not allowed a point in the 4th quarter of any game this season.
• UO's 231 points are the most in a four-game stretch in school history (210 in 1998).
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:53 AM
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The Pac-10 had a good day in another game as well with the shocker being UCLA taking out #7 Texas, who saw that coming?
Let's see how the Schmeeves and the Ducks do this evening.
• Ken Goe says "the heat, who cares?" as long as they have a plan for the QB, LB and return game.
• Bob Rickert thinks the conditioning of Oregon's defense will be tested tonight.
Believe Oregon will win if they play their game. It may be close for awhile but Oregon's defense is loaded with speed and Coach Radcliffe does a tremendous job preparing guys physically.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:10 PM
• Rob Moseley has your Friday practice update.
“We’re ready to go play a tough conference game on the road, and we’re excited to see how we match up,” coach Chip Kelly said.
Kelly didn’t have much to add to Thursday’s injury report. For the second straight week, Brandon Williams and Everett Benyard were the only players definitely ruled out.
• George Schroeder shares a feature story that was in the R-G yesterday about how Chip Kelly manages stress and joins CK for a little running time.
My watch says we’ve been running for a little more than 21 minutes. My head tells me we’ve covered almost three miles.
“It’s like we tell our players,” the football coach says, “Go as hard as you can for as long as you can."
We’re running together because I wanted to see how Oregon’s football coach deals with stress — not that he admits to any.
• Could we see Bobby Bouche (Adam Sandler's Waterboy) on the sideline one day? Maybe.
• The Heisman Pundit compares conference vs conference games since the BCS started and comes away thinking maybe the whole, "SEC is the best," thing doesn't add up when you look at the numbers.
• Ted Miller has his weekly "did you know" series ready for your perusal.
The Ducks haven’t allowed a point in their last 104 minutes and 21 seconds (almost seven straight quarters). They’ve allowed only one touchdown all season, something that only Alabama can also claim.
• Adam Jude has a nice feature story on Jeff Maehl who is sneaking up on some Oregon receiving records.
• Wade Evanson is buying in on others belief that it could be a special season for the Ducks.
” I’m going to think strong, believe what I’ve seen, and expect to see what I believe: that Darron Thomas IS what he seems to be, the offense IS as explosive as it’s looked, and the 2010 Oregon Ducks ARE a special team on a potentially special journey.
But I still want to see it.
Teach me Ducks, show me what I want to see, what I feel may be the case, and what the fanatical minority has been telling me for weeks.
Take me to school.
• Rob Moseley has all the predictions from his usual sources and everyone is picking Oregon although the margins very widely.
•The Daily Emerald reports on the "swagger" of Cliff Harris and leads the story off with this quote as he addressed his teammates for the first time, which was 2 years ago. (link courtesy of "Off the Pond")
"My name is Cliff Harris, and I'm here to lock shit down," the newest addition to the Oregon secondary said. Harris then immediately returned to his seat without uttering another word.
Some of the older players scoffed at the remark initially, before they recognized the newcomer's incredible talent on the football field.
Now, two years after that preliminary meeting, Harris is one of the most well-liked members of the Oregon football team.
• And that's exactly what I'd like to see today, an Oregon defense that stops ASU with authority.
My Prediction: Oregon 54 - ASU 10
Uni's - White Lid-White Jersey- Black Pants
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:20 AM
Friday, September 24, 2010
|This post is courtesy of Dave @ As Seen By Dave|
After some laughers, it’s time to get down to business. The Pac-10 season opens with Mighty Oregon facing the lowly Sun Devils of ASU. But how can they be lowly Dave? They almost beat a premier team from Wisconsin!
FAIL! How did they lose to Wisconsin? They missed an extra point. Again. They missed an extra point. A team that misses an extra point to be an upper-tier team is not a team that will compete with the Ducks. And this presumes that Wisconsin is an upper-tier team, which they do not really appear to be. They didn’t lay the wood to their weak opponents, and they let a second-rate ASU team take them down to the end. Wisconsin won’t be in the top 25 by the end of the year, and they’ve shown that early.
So, that leaves you with ASU, a team that lost to Wisconsin by missing an extra point. Here’s the point...games are won and lost on special teams, and their weakness is our strength. The back-breaker for ASU will be 21 points from our defense and special teams (7 and 14 respectively). When you let Oregon put 21 points on you, without their offense, your only option is left to getting embarrassed by the end of the game.
And more to the reasoning of a whoopin’ is Oregon’s must-have desire to go out, and show the nation that a bottom-level Pac-10 team is no more difficult than New Mexico, PSU, or Tennessee. People are predicting a close game—the line is only for Oregon to take it by 11.5. Come on. Really? I believe it to be the case that Oregon wants to go out, and show ASU for what they are...a team that finished 9th in the Pac-10 last year, and a team that won’t do much better for themselves this year. You hired Dennis ASU. Now make your bed.
More interesting is going to be the uniforms for this game. I see Oregon breaking into the game with the yellow helmet that they rocked at the Civil War last year, matched with the white/green jersey, and white pants. My thinking is this; ASU’s colors include yellow, but it’s the worst shade of yellow known to man. You may recognize it. Have you seen a spit-up rag from a friend with a baby? You know the stain on it? Yeah, that’s the ASU version of yellow. Oregon’s gonna bring some real colors to that stadium, and they’re going to bring a ruckus that the She Devils won’t know how to handle. Hope nobody gets hurt.
This post is courtesy of Dave @ As Seen By Dave. Be sure to leave Dave a comment if you enjoyed his article.
This post is courtesy of Dave @ As Seen By Dave. Be sure to leave Dave a comment if you enjoyed his article.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:34 AM
Ken Goe: Running back Kenjon Barner, who hadn't practiced much if at all this week with what has been variously described as a groin or hip injury, returned without apparent restriction on Thursday.
Rob Moseley: Overall, [Chip] Kelly called this another successful day of work, despite what from the sidelines seems like a methodical pace.
“We had another really good Thursday,” he said. “They’re really focused and concentrating on what we need to do to get better.”
• Ted Miller has his predictions for Pac-10 games and "what to watch for" in the Pac-10. Here are both concerning Oregon.
Oregon 35, Arizona State 20: This will be -- by far -- the best defense Oregon has faced. If Sun Devils fans care, I just spent two minutes staring at my screen thinking, "Upset?" (sorry Ted, don't think so)
Is Oregon's offense that good? Oregon ranks No. 1 in the nation in total offense and scoring offense. It ranks No. 2 in rushing offense. But the Ducks haven't played anyone with a defense as fast and as talented at Arizona State. Quarterback Darron Thomas withstood the atmosphere of Tennessee, but how will he do against a defense that can run with the Ducks?
• Rob Moseley discusses the revamped ASU offense.
So while ASU’s offense might resemble Oregon’s prior to the snap, the Sun Devils are much more inclined to throw the ball, while Oregon is a run-based spread team.
In other words, Threet appears to be no Darron Thomas in the running game.
• Sports Illustrated sits down with Chip Kelly and they discuss reader submitted questions in this video.
• The Armenian Demon tells it like it is and Oregon's #1 fan puts a fork in the Sun Devils.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:20 AM
Thursday, September 23, 2010
From Rob: David Paulson and Spencer Paysinger were both removed from the injury report this morning, though both wore red non-contact jerseys. Kenjon Barner, Nick Cody, Daryle Hawkins, Bryson Littlejohn and Darrion Weems all remained on the injury report. It only being Wednesday, and those being experienced guys who know their stuff, it’s probably still too early to predict their availability Saturday at Arizona State.
From Ken: The Ducks continued to work hard on special teams, and the defense went hard against what is expected to be a pass-oriented ASU spread offense.
Bryson Littlejohn, perhaps Oregon's fastest linebacker, practiced without apparent restriction. Littlejohn was listed on the UO injury report with a hip injury.
• Ted Miller has all the details on Colorado's Pac-12 arrival.
• Ron Bellamy reports on the family ties involved in the ASU game.
• Rob Moseley discusses special teams, which could make the difference on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a challenge,” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “I’ve always said, when you get in this league, especially on the road, special teams are going to be the key.”
• Ken Goe has an excellent story on DT Brandon Bair, who is so much more than just a college football player.
He is smart, analytical, prepared, sets goals, and is willing to work hard to reach them.
As UO defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro says, "I would guess Brandon Bair was a great man when he was 9 years old."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:41 AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
|Ducks football: Previewing Oregon-Arizona State|
• Ken Goe previews the game at Tempe this weekend. This video was filmed on Tuesday and is courtesy of the Oregonian and Joel Odom.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:21 PM
Rob Moseley: To my eye, Darron Thomas had a phenomenal day throwing the ball, with very few incompletions. The Ducks held a scored 3-on-2 passing drill the defense won 39-34, but Thomas completed all but one of his 10 passes, and the one he didn’t was dropped by a receiver.
Ken Goe: Running back Kenjon Barner (hip), slash guy Daryle Hawkins (ankle), linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hamstring), linebacker Bryson Littlejohn (hip), tight end David Paulson (hip), offensive lineman Darrion Weems (back) and tight end tight end Brandon Williams (hand) all attended practice wearing red, no-contact jerseys.
I saw Paulson practice a little with the UO offense, and Paysinger practice a lot with the UO defense.
• Ted Miller posted several stories yesterday including the news that Colorado will join next year making it the Pac-12. Ted also has some impressive numbers to "chew on" and finally wonders what "sickness" the Ducks will bring to Tempe.
Oregon is just sick. And by "sick" we mean sick in the ironic way the cool kids talk.
Oregon has looked sick on both sides of the ball thus far. But there will be strong emotions, new found confidence, a home crowd and a hot desert evening swinging the Sun Devils way.
• GoDucks.com has their week 4 football release posted hwere you can get all the facts and figures for the ASU game.
• The Heisman Poll has been completed for week 3 and LMJ sits in the number five slot.
• Rob Moseley talked with defensive backs coach John Neal who said that the deep rotations allow Oregon to help limit injuries and exhaustion.
• Ken Goe says there is one particular ASU LB the Ducks will keep their eye on, Vontaze Burfict.
Burfict is his own worst enemy at times. He plays with unbridled emotion that sometimes translates into personal foul penalties.
• John Hunt talks about how coaches relieve stress and here is what Chip had to say.
“I don’t think of it as stress,’’ Kelly said. “I think coaching football isn’t a job; it’s a lifestyle. We chose to be in this.
“My stress relief is I come to press conferences and hang out with some great friends, and we yuk it up a lot.’’
A classic Chip reply.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:07 AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
|Chip Kelly talks about Arizona State's tough defense and new-look offense|
• Chip Kelly addresses reporters at his weekly news conference and talks about the upcoming game. Video courtesy of Joel Odom and the Oregonian.
• OregonGridiron has posted another outstanding motivational video for your enjoyment. Lots of Tennessee clips in this one.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:42 AM
The day ended with a clutch drill, with the offense needing a field goal to win, but Darron Thomas and the first offense went ahead and scored a touchdown, going 50 yards in four plays.
• Andy Mac has the Oregon players of the week for week three.
• Bob Rickert says Oregon is on the national radar of experts and recruits.
• Bruce Feldman at ESPN says the Pac-10 stock rose over the weekend.
• ESPN is buying into the Feldman story as they have moved the Pac-10 up to third in their conference power rankings.
• Ted Miller continues to have the Ducks on top of the Pac-10 power rankings.
• Ken Goe says the Ducks will be tested by the Sun Devils defense.
• Marcus Moss previews the matchup at Tempe against ASU and likes what Oregon brings to the game.
This isn’t the typical Oregon team built to score a mountain of points to make up for a porous defense. So far in the 2010 season Oregon has forced 11 turnovers on defense while adding three touchdowns on special teams. These stats lead to the Ducks being a complete football team.
• Lord Beverage and Muchas G discuss the PSU pillage, look ahead to ASU and have a big fat Duck You for the Dawgs. Be sure to catch their podcast here.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:38 AM
Monday, September 20, 2010
Rob Moseley: "Oregon football notebook: Thinned roster remains stout - Injuries limit the contributions of a few regular players"
Adam Jude: "Oregon football:Defense keeps Ducks' ledger clean - Oregon gets its second shutout in a season for the first time since 1964"
“One thing our team always has is effort,” said senior tackle Brandon Bair, who added two sacks and a third tackle for loss.
“Our guys came out and worked hard, and that’s one stat that’s not on the scoreboard, is effort. And that’s our edge.”
Ron Bellamy: "Ducks appear to be on the edge of something very, very, very good"
In any checklist of a good team that would aspire to be a great team, you ask yourself: Does it have a quarterback? Can it run the ball? Can it stop the run? Can it force turnovers? Does it have special teams that can be both dependable and, sometimes, even spectacular? Does it have coaching, and elite speed, and some depth? Does it have character, and its own style and identity?
And does it bring a certain work ethic, a sense of pride, a business-like approach, regardless of venue, and regardless of opponent.
It all adds up to a top five team and, right now, it all adds up to Oregon, which has a chance to be very, very, very good.
• The Ducks position in the polls remains the same this week. We are currently sitting at #6 in the coaches poll and #5 in the AP poll.
• The Heisman Pundit has LaMichael James in the sixth slot this week.
• The Ducks lead the nation in offense and defense after padding the numbers against PSU.
• Rob Moseley compares NCAA stats between Oregon and Arizona State.
• John Hunt compares ASU"s preseason "creampuff" schedule with Oregon's.
• Lindsay Schnell keeps us up to date on how future Ducks did in high school play this past weekend.
• Ken Goe and Rob Moseley look ahead to Arizona St. and Pac-10 play where the road to victory gets tougher. A little sample from each article.
Ken Goe: The Sun Devils probably aren't an upper division Pac-10 team, but they beat PSU by 45 points and are better than anybody the Ducks have played so far -- at least, on defense.
Rob Moseley: This year the Sun Devils moved to a no-huddle spread-option, operated by quarterback Steven Threet, a Michigan transfer. ASU also has UO transfer Aaron Pflugrad at receiver.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:37 AM
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Rob Moseley: Chip Kelly was underwhelmed. LaMichael James was disgusted.
The Ducks overall? They were good. Historically good.
But in a season unfolding like no other in school history, it’s possible for the Oregon football team to be both dominant and underwhelming on the same day.
Ken Goe: The Ducks now wade into Pacific-10 Conference play, beginning next weekend at Arizona State, and the challenge gets larger.
John Hunt: Brian Jackson, a freshman defensive back, had an eventful day.
Not only did he lead the Ducks in tackles and force a fumble, but he also put the exclamation point on Oregon’s second shutout of the young season.
GoDucks.com: Oregon set a school record with 528 yards rushing, surpassing the mark 465 set at Washington in 2007.
Steve Summers: “He did another nice job,” Kelly said of Thomas. “He was forced to run a couple times and showed speed. For 3 games in, I’m really happy where Darron’s at. He’s young, he’s a sophomore, and he’ll keep getting better."
Ken Woody: The pre-season tune ups for the Pac-10 season are done, to the relief of some fans who can lose interest watching teams being blown out before halftime. Winning is nice, but you are left wondering just how good the Ducks really are. I suspect they are really good, but how good, we will soon see.
• Chris Pietsch and Thomas Boyd both have photos taken at the game.
• Andy Mac has all the stats posted.
• John Hunt takes a closer look at the multi-dimensional Daryle Hawkins.
Oregon's "Slash" finished up the game at quarterback and also played running back, not to mention receiver, where he caught a 12-yard touchdown. For Hawkins, who had a 7-yard touchdown run against New Mexico, it was his first career touchdown catch.
• The Statesman Journal received a letter from a Duck fan's Dad, who lives in Tennessee expressing his gratitude to the Oregon coaching staff. Very nice story and just one more reason to be impressed by Chip Kelly and his staff.
• My highlight video will be coming later today, stay tuned.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:44 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
“These guys came out and were focused all week long,” he [Kelly] said. “You only get so many shots in college football, and this group understands that. Sometimes you say that and it’s just coach-speak, but these guys understand that. But we’ll see how they come out and play tomorrow.”
• Ken Goe wonders what the wet conditions will mean for PSU's pistol offense.
• Rob Moseley noted that we received a verbal commitment from 6'2" 215lb. linebacker from Bakersfiled, CA, Kyrie Wilson. Rob also gives his prediction along with the rest of the pundits.
• There will be some high profile recruits on the sidelines today.
• Andy Mac wonders if Kenjon Barner can keep his streak going today. Barner is the only Duck to ever have three straight games with 200 or more all-purpose yards.
Andy also thinks this is pretty cool, I'd have to second that.
• Ted Miller asks, did you know?
Oregon has returned five punts this season. Three of those have gone for touchdowns. Only one other team has more than one punt return TD (Oklahoma State with two). The Ducks have the nation’s top punt return average at 43.6 yards per return.
• Last week I was following the #goducks Twitter hash as I was watching the game. After about the third time a Vol stayed on the turf, I began to wonder, are they doing this on purpose to slow our momentum? Several agreed with me and now John Hunt wonders the same thing.
• Wade Evans says this is serious and hopes the Ducks will come out firing.
If Kenjon Barner returns 2 kicks for scores…he was supposed to. If LaMichael James runs for 150 yards and 3 scores in the first 20 minutes…he was supposed to. And if Darron Thomas goes Denard Robinson and puts up 300 yards of total offense, contributes to 6 touchdowns and levitates and flies out of Autzen Stadium by the half…he was supposed to.
• Adam Jude has a very nice feature story on Chad Peppars who perseveres in the classroom and on the field.
• The Armenian Demon has some harsh words for Portland State. This might be one of his best ever, check it out.
• My predictions: Oregon 56 - Portland 3. I see some real ugly (weather-opponent-TV coverage) for the Uni's today. From top to bottom: Yellow-Green-Gray.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:07 AM
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursdays are conducted at a slower pace than most workouts, and are heavy on situational work—third-and-short, third-and-long, goal-line situations, special teams, etc.
• Couple of other notes from Rob. The tunnel from the locker room to the field has been spruced up and he has a couple of snapshots. DB Troy Hill was granted a waiver by the NCAA and has joined the team.
• Ted Miller has his Pac-10 predictions.
Oregon 1,000, Portland State 3: And then the second half starts. No, actually, my guess is Chip Kelly doesn't want to play his starters much after halftime.
• Ken Goe says the Ducks will be at full strength with the probable exception of TE Brandon Williams.
• Ken also has a story on the Ducks running away with the game but it was this little quote from Chip the Skip that had me appreciating his dry humor.
Incidentally, I love Kelly's approach to the NCAA's decision to rename college football's top two divisions FBS and FCS.
"Way too many letters right there," Kelly said. "I'm confused to begin with. I'm still a Division I-A, I-AA guy, if you're going to refer to it."
• Everything you wanted to know about the Portland "pistol offense."
• Ron Bellamy says the Portland fans are no longer star-struck.
• Lord Beverage and Muchas G look back at the Tennessee game, talk about Portland and take a stroll around the Pac-10. They provide the best Oregon podcast so be sure to stop by and check it out.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:58 AM
|This post courtesy of Dave @ As Seen by Dave|
Wow. It’s hard to write anything inspirational when Portland State is coming to town. I mean really...what do we have to look forward to? I’m looking forward to nobody getting hurt. I’m looking forward to the scout team seeing some playing time. I’m looking forward to wings at the tailgater. And that’s about all there is to say.
I don’t get us scheduling this game. New Mexico was a stretch. At least they are Division I...this is a move I expect from the Beav-Trash, but not the Ducks. We can schedule patsies without coming down to this level. Why not throw Utah State on the schedule? What’s wrong with some hoser ACC team? At least we’d be getting serious practice. As it stands, we have the potential of thinking that we’re better than we are...thinking we are faster than we are...thinking other teams will allow us to cut back, changing a four yard loss into a 72 yard touchdown. That’s not how it’s going to fly when Stanford comes to town.
Portland State is a team seething with Oregon boys, thrilled to play in Autzen. Everything is great for them. They get to pretend that they’re Ducks for a day, and they will play with everything they have since they feel that it’s their home turf. They are like kids in their backyard, pretending to be something that they are not.
And the worst thing has the potential of happening—we could give up a touchdown—to Portland State. We could injure a player...a key player. We could be stopped from doubling the point spread. NO!
In all seriousness, I don’t see us playing our starters for more than a quarter. We’re not going to risk injuries in this game. If we give up a touchdown, so it is. I think LaMichael, KB, and Remene all have 100 yard games, because we aren’t going to go mass air-attack on this one. That said, Maehl is going to see a deep ball or two. He doesn’t have a touchdown yet, and I’m sure that the plays will go his way, and I’m certain that their DBs won’t be able to bring him down. Maehl has two TDs.
I don’t see us dropping 72 on PSU...too many run plays from our side.
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Posted by Mike Wines at 4:28 AM
|Oregon football: Looking back, looking ahead with Mark Helfrich|
• Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich talks about Tennessee, the progression of Darron Thomas and looks ahead to Portland State. Video courtesy of Joel Odom and the Oregonian.
Posted by Mike Wines at 3:52 AM