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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Matt Hinton at Rival's Dr. Saturday website takes an early look at the Ducks and tries to predict how they will do in 2011.

At this point, there are no further questions about Chip Kelly's system or whether he has the talent on hand to gun it into the national elite. His brand of the up-tempo zone-read/spread option attack has generated consistent success with three very different players at quarterback.

With second-year blazer Lache Seastrunk shedding his redshirt and diminutive true freshmen De'Anthony Thomas and Tacoi Sumler joining track teammates LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner in the fall, the backfield will look even more like a day-glo electron cloud. Darron Thomas can run a little bit, too.

 Dale Newton has been impressed with the play of redshirt freshman WR Eric Dungy and thinks the Ducks might be wise to consider moving Eddie Pleasant to linebacker instead of safety.

Rob Moseley shares a feature story on Cliff Harris that appeared in yesterday's edition of the R-G.

“I love the game,” Harris said. “And I’m a winner. I don’t like to lose. The drive to win, that’s what it is. ...

“At the end of the day, you work for your season, but you want the big game. That’s what you strive for, and we feel like we came up a little bit short. That means a little more work we’ve got to put in.”

Finally, Harris is willing to do it.

“There’s been a great maturity on his part,” [Nick] Aliotti said. “If he continues to do that, he’s really going to help himself in a lot of ways.”

And he’s going to cause even more nightmares for opponents in the fall.


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