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Friday, April 15, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• John Hunt describes Taylor Hart as a big part of the Oregon defense.

If there is a defensive MVP this spring, it could be defensive end Brandon Hanna (or linebacker Michael Clay). Then there is the freakish quickness, speed, power and length of Dion Jordan and the emergence of Ricky Heimuli, the poor man's Haloti Ngata.

The guy we're leaving out is the one who drew the most raves after Wednesday's scrimmage, defensive tackle Taylor Hart.

"He plays really well, real fast and real hard,'' Clay said of Hart, his roommate.

Mark Asper, the other returning starter on the offensive line, said he was shocked Wednesday when Hart beat him soundly on one move.

"He dropped me on my face, and I thought, 'I thought that was Taylor Hart I was blocking,' '' said the 325-pound Asper.

Ted Miller looks at the returning 1,000 yard rushers and there are no surprises at who is number one on his list.

1. LaMichael James, Oregon: James was a Heisman Trophy finalist, a unanimous All-American and was the Doak Walker Award winner as the nation's top running back. He also has a fine singing voice and cooks a mean batch of oatmeal cookies. Rushed for 1,731 yards and 21 TDs in 2010. Only thing that might cramp his numbers is a backfield that is crowded with talent. Two 1,000-yards rushers in 2011? 

• Robert Husseman at the Daily Emerald wonders who will replace the production of Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis.

The Register Guard has a nice collection of photos from the scrimmage on Wednesday.

• Matt Hayes at the Sporting News says Cliff "Kash" Harris talks a good game and then backs it up. 

Be sure to read the complete story to learn who Harris tries to emulate. Here is the last couple of lines from the story.

In this age of players saying the right thing and avoiding bulletin board material, Cliff Harris is a walking, talking billboard.

"We're not just making it back to the national championship game," Harris said. "As far as I'm concerned, we're making it back and winning it."

We hear you, Kash.


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