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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley continues his positional previews with a look at the linebackers.

Michael Clay will take the next step from dependable reserve to full-time starter, assuming all goes well for him this month. One of the more intriguing guys to watch this spring on the entire team could be Josh Kaddu,, because he could help in a lot of ways come fall. A full-time starter at SAM in 2010, Kaddu could easily return at that spot this year. But Bo Lokombo is an impressive talent behind him, and the Ducks have needs elsewhere that Kaddu could potentially fill, such as the hybrid defensive end position manned by Kenny Rowe, or SAM linebacker. Since the Ducks like to play two-deep at linebacker as much as possible, the key to freeing up Kaddu for more responsibility as a senior could be redshirt freshman Derrick Malone.

Very positive reviews have trickled out of Oregon's offseason conditioning workouts about Kiko Alonso, the middle linebacker who emerged as a redshirt freshman special teams force in 2009. Alonso is a physical, mobile player who has bulked up over the last couple years, and he has all the tools to be a force in the Pac-12. According to teammates, he has come all the way back from his knee injury and is moving well this winter.

The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Alonso confirms the reports of his progress by showing no ill effects from the knee while demonstrating a superior grasp of the defense.

 Bob Rickert is back with his random recruit of the week, QB Matt Davis. a gun-slinging, running, throwing, dual-threat quarterback out of Houston, Texas.

He's 6' 2", 200lbs. and ran and threw for around 1,400 yards each in his sophomore season. He also ran for 22 touchdowns and threw for another 14 TD's. Huge year as a sophomore but tore his ACL last year and missed most of the season. He's fully recovered and ready to go for his senior year. Back in mid-February he said he wanted to get out to Oregon and see it this summer. Let's hope he finds a way and holds true to that.

 Ted Miller looks at some impressive numbers on how big college football is in terms of the fans attending and watching games.

 Dale Newton likes what he sees in Christian French and thinks he could have a big impact in a year or two.

 Oregon took down Boise St. last night with a 79-71 victory at Matthew Knight Arena. I don't care if it is basketball, any win against the Broncos feels good.

Oregon will face Creighton, Dana Altman's former team in a best of 3 series that gets underway on Monday in Omaha. The Ducks will return home for a second and possibly third game next Wednesday and Friday. You can find ticket information on the home games here.


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