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Friday, March 25, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Andy Mac is back and ready to talk football.

Cliff Harris and LaMichael James have been named to the 12th-annual preseason All-America team. Harris earned a first-team distinction as both a cornerback and punt returner, while James is a first-team running back. Both players are entering their junior seasons.

 John Hunt previews the receiving corps and the offensive line.

Receivers: Lavasier Tuinei, the rangy target and tenacious blocker, caught 36 balls in 11 games. David Paulson averaged a whopping 17.4 yards a catch, and most of those were of the crucial, drive-sustaining variety. Josh Huff caught 19 balls for a 15.9-yard average and averaged 17.8 more yards on 12 rushes.

Behind Paulson are Brandon Williams, a bruising specimen who caught two passes for 48 yards but saw the field only in special situations, and Curtis White, another big, athletic target who redshirted last season.

OL: Darrion Weems, who started six games in 2010 should claim a tackle spot, and Ryan Clanton, coming off a redshirt season, should be ready to step in, too – perhaps at center. Nick Cody has experience, too, to go along with returning starters Carson York and Mark Asper.

In the past two years, the Ducks have brought in a barge-full of talented bodies for the O-line. To expect any of those true and redshirt freshmen to be ready to contribute in 2011, however, would be asking a lot, but perhaps not of Hroniss Grasu if he impresses at center.

Ted Miller has an early look at potential Pac-12 Heisman candidates which includes LaMichael James and Darron Thomas.

Dale Newton takes a look at how former Oregon players are positioned for the NFL draft and then notes that DT Jared Ebert will make it to campus in time for Spring Practice.


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