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Friday, April 08, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ken Goe notes that Oregon is tinkering with the defense and drop end position.

Inside linebacker Michael Clay likes the way Josh Kaddu and Boseko Lokombo have taken to drop end.

"They're both tall, lanky, tough guys, and they know how to play their SAM position," Clay said.  "I think they'll be able to play the 'Kenny Rowe position,' the drop end. I think we might see that later into spring ball and fall camp."

 Jason Vondersmith says the Ducks are bigger, stronger and faster.

The fast and flashy Oregon Ducks are working on instituting some power blocking into their game during spring football practices, fully aware that Auburn pushed them around for most of the BCS National Championship Game.

 Matt Hinson says the Oregon QB, Darron Thomas, has a steady hand on the throttle.

Thomas isn't the most imposing athlete in terms of his size, speed or arm, and may not be bound for NFL riches, but there's nothing he didn't do well enough last year to keep the Ducks from averaging more yards and more points than any other offense in America.

 Rob Moseley reports that the newcomers are taking on multiple roles.

Four players joined the team this offseason, and each is making his presence known already. Junior college transfer Jared Ebert is playing defensive tackle with the second-string defense, and tight end Colt Lyerla and defensive back Issac Dixon are filling a number of special teams roles. Linebacker Tyson Coleman, another true freshman, also has the body type to help out in the kicking game for the Ducks.


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