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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley reviews the offensive line heading into Spring Practice.

The 2011 offensive line boasts 55 career starts, including 24 by right tackle Mark Asper and 22 for left guard Carson York. They are now the leaders of this group, and bring contrasting abilities to the table.

Just below Asper and York on the experience scale is left tackle Darrion Weems, who figures to be entrenched at his position after a breakout season in 2010.

The Ducks will first turn to underclassmen Karrington Armstrong and Hroniss Grasu in the attempt to identify a placement for Jordan Holmes.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Armstrong and Grasu have a healthy battle that brings the best out of both, securing the center position for 2011 and beyond.

 John Hunt looks at the QB's as the Oregonian start their position reviews heading into Spring Practice which starts next week.

Although Darron Thomas excelled in spring practice and fall camp last year, beating out Nate Costa and taking on leadership of the offense, the player who wowed was Bryan Bennett.

Thomas made many good throws. Bennett made plays – with his arm and with his legs – that had observers exchange wide-eyed smiles.

So this spring probably will hold no real quarterback competition (although coaches will say all jobs are up for grabs), but many will be watching Bennett’s progress.

 Oregon freshman outfielder Aaron Jones has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week for March 14-20, Commissioner Larry Scott announced yesterday.

 Rachel Bachman shares a nice story about an iconic waffle iron that just keeps giving.

 The Ducks extend their basketball season with a nice win over Duquesne last night, 77-75. Now they will face Boise St. in the semi-finals Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Tip-off set for 7p.m. local time.


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