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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Reruns - Rose Bowl 2010 Oregon Highlights

Not much going on in Duck football news but there was one little tidbit of CF news yesterday, Sweater Vest resigned and TP will be the focus of a new NCAA investigation. We'll see how this all plays out but the loss to tOSU looks a little sweeter amid this flurry of news. Enjoy the Oregon highlights from the game.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 It isn't very often that I post about anything other than football, but who can resist when the Ducks put the smack down on the beavs to deny them the outright Pac-10 championship in baseball. It was the first Pac-10 series sweep in the last three years for Oregon. The Ducks will have to wait until later today to see if they earned a shot at the NCAA regionals. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.

 Rob Moseley reports that freshman LB Tyson Coleman was arrested on campus for MIP on Saturday night after being caught with a Four Loko. Just dumb kid stuff but not what we want to hear.

Dale Newton did some digging on recent commit QB Jake Rodrigues and has all the stats you could ever want. Bottom line?

But this is all Duck fans need know:  there are over 250,000 senior football players in the country, and Jake Rodrigues is the young man Chip Kelly wants to sign to play quarterback for the Oregon Ducks.  Whether he's four-star, top 100, or eighteenth in the country, that's the fact that counts.  Because Chip Kelly is the smartest, most well-organized football coach in the country.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Reruns - LaMichael James 2010 Highlights - Video

With nothing interesting in Duck football news, here is a look back at LMJ's terrific season last year. Chomping at the bit for some more of this action in 2011. If you enjoyed this video and haven't subscribed before, take a moment and subscribe today over at YouTube.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 ESPN's Mark Schlabach lists which BCS teams are on the rise and fall. Only six schools received his highest mark, a 5, and Oregon was one of the six.

With coach Chip Kelly's offense and Phil Knight's checkbook, it's hard to imagine the Ducks not staying ahead of USC and everyone else in the Pac-12.

 Bob Rickert reports that Oregon landed a verbal commitment from QB Jake Rodrigues for 2012.

Rodrigues, a 6' 3", 210-pound junior from Whitney High in Rocklin, California, has rocketed up the recruiting charts the last couple of months. He's now a 4-star rated quarterback, according to

 Rob Moseley notes that former Oregon QB, Jason Maas, who played as Akili Smith's backup in the late 90's, recently retired after a long career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. Probably best remembered for throwing a 90 yard TD pass to Pat Johnson in the 1997 Civil War.

 The Pac-10 wants your vote to help decide the new Pac-12 Championship Game's logo. Personally, I like the first and second choice the best and voted for the second.

 Dale Newton likes how Oshay Dunmore carries himself, his attidtude, and his well-spoken confident nature. Can't say I disagree as the early 2012 commit looks and sounds like a keeper.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• ESPN's Ivan Maisel looks at the many changes the Pac-12 has made during the off-season as they completely revamped their officiating crew.

Mike Pereira, the conference's interim coordinator of officials, described the work of Pac-10 officials last season as "complacent."

Pereira retired as the NFL vice-president of officiating in 2009 and moved from New York to Sacramento, within driving distance of the Pac-12 office in Walnut Creek, Calif. He has treated the league’s officiating setup as if he were Ty Pennington on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Basically, he changed everything but the officials’ black and white stripes.

• Andy Mac was one of the lucky 42 people to get an early edition of Phil Steele's annual football preview magazine and he shares which Ducks made the preseason All-Amercian team and All Pac-12 team.

Phil Steele's 2011 Preseason All-American Team
LaMichael James, 1st Team RB
Cliff Harris, 1st Team CB & PR

Phil Steele's 2011 Preseason All-Pac-12 Team
LaMichael James, 1st Team RB
David Paulson, 1st Team TE
Cliff Harris, 1st Team CB & PR
John Boyett, 1st Team S

Carson York, 2nd Team OG
Rob Beard, 2nd Team K

Darron Thomas, 3rd Team QB

Kenjon Barner, 4th Team RB
Mark Asper, 4th Team OT
Terrell Turner, 4th Team DE
Josh Kaddu, 4th Team LB


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ivan Maisel says at Oregon, there is strength in numbers.

Like a lot of what passes for conventional wisdom in the sport, that’s not how it’s done at Oregon. Chip Kelly threw convention out the window somewhere between arriving in Eugene as an unheralded offensive coordinator from New Hampshire and taking the Ducks to consecutive Pac-10 championships.

Chip Kelly takes a unique approach in selecting his team captains.So the Ducks don’t have three captains. They don’t have 10 captains. Let’s listen to Chip Kelly on leadership:

“We had 16 captains last year, and we’ll have 16 this year,” Kelly said. “We really have one at each position. I believe there is strength in numbers. We’re all allowed at our level to bring 105 players to camp. It’s tough to say just two kids are gonna lead them. We have a leader at each position, voted on by the players.

George Schroeder examines the NFL draft system in his feature story from the R-G yesterday. Schroeder notes that Chip Kelly thought there should have been more than one player drafted and was surprised nobody picked up Brandon Bair and Jeff Maehl.

ESPN's Ivan Maisel notes that Oregon has holes to fill on the offensive line and looks at the likely starters this year.

SI columnist Andy Staples lays out his post spring Top 25 and has Oregon at #2 right behind Oklahoma.

With new starters at receiver and on the offensive line, Oregon's offense slowed down a bit in the spring. Oregon's defense, which must replace most of its front seven, didn't seem to take a step back at all. This is probably because of coordinator Nick Aliotti's "line change" substitutions, which allowed the Ducks' backups to play almost as many snaps as the starters. That's good news for Oregon, because we know the offense -- still led by tailback LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas -- will be up to speed by September.


ESPN Roundtable Previews Oregon - Video

Rob Moseley breaks down the different analysts thoughts when they discussed the Oregon Ducks yesterday on a segment of College Football Live.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rachael Bachman reports that the NCAA released their APR scores for Division 1 schools and the Oregon football team scored a 941 which was a 1 point drop from last year's 942, which was their best score ever.

• Yahoo contributor, Daryle W. Hier, confirms what we already know, Autzen Stadium is the loudest venue in the Pac-12 and the toughest place to play if you are a visitor.

• Dale Newton gives his reasons the Cowboy Classic (Oregon vs LSU) will be different than the Boise St. debacle.

For one thing, team leaders like Terrell Turner, David Paulson and John Boyett were there that night.  They remember the cost of not being prepared.  This Duck team is seasoned by many big games, successful and not.  They've faced down USC twice since then.  They bested Stanford on national TV after trailing 21-3.  This is a team that doesn't get rattled and doesn't panic.  Led by Darron Thomas and LaMichael James, this is a quicker and more versatile offense.  The Tigers won't be able to jam the line like BSU did.  Thomas is a vastly better passer than Masoli, and reacts better when things aren't going well.  Tennessee and Stanford are two shining examples, and the experience of starting poorly in Glendale and recovering to have a very solid game, will steady him in this one.  Facing LSU isn't anything they haven't handled before.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley reports on the multi-talented Newport High junior, Oshay Dunmore, who verbally committed to the Oregon football team. Dunmore competed in the high school track and field championships held in Eugene this last weekend.

Dunmore, a future safety and decathlete at Oregon presuming he follows through on his commitment, won the triple jump and finished second in the discus and pole vault Friday, then finished second again Saturday in the long jump.

• Dale Newton wonders if the news that Aflac will be sponsoring the Heisman trophy this season is an omen that a Duck will take home the trophy in 2011? Quack on that.


Monday, May 23, 2011

Monday Reruns - Top 15 Touchdowns of 2010-11 - Video

• With fresh Oregon football news at a standstill I decided to revisit this little video I made that was inspired by Takimoto over at Addicted to Quack. Enjoy!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

David Paulson 2010 Highlights - Video

Here you go Dave. All of the best plays from junior TE David Paulson for the 2010/11 season. If you enjoyed this video and haven't already subscribed to my YouTube channel, please take a moment and subscribe so you won't miss any of the new Oregon football videos that I upload.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Dale Newton wonders who will be the next "savage macho man to emerge from the Ducks' depth chart?"

The candidates for this year's Savage Macho Man?  Erick Dargan, Wade Keliipiki, Anthony Wallace, Devon Blackmon, Hamani Stevens, Terrance Mitchell.

Or it could be someone Duck fans haven't even heard from yet, a guy who quietly works his way up the depth chart, gets an opportunity due to attrition or injury, and just starts making plays.

I am compiling the best plays from TE David Paulson in 2010/11 and will hopefully have it finished later today. I will post it here and of course it will be available on my YouTube channel.


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the special teams now that spring practice has concluded.

Rob Beard was very consistent during spring drills, and while Jackson Rice didn't have many booming efforts that drew oohs and aahs in practice, he remains a steady presence. The same applied to the other specialists.

Where the Ducks really looked special in the kicking team was on returns; it's always hard to project how things will go once the hitting is full-contact in the fall, but between the veteran returners and potential new faces like Dior Mathis, Brian Jackson and perhaps even Terrance MItchell and Troy Hill, there was a lot of big play potential whenever a kickoff or punt was fielded.

...and if you need a reminder of how the group did last year check out my highlight video over at YouTube...

• George Schroeder wonders how Mike Riley and the beavs can close the Civil War gap in this feature story from the R-G.

Riley doesn’t deny the Civil War gap, either. He likens it to when Pete Carroll revived USC and raised the bar for everyone else in the Pac-10.

“You were either gonna rise up with it, or you were gonna get left in the dust,” Riley says. “... We want to get back to where this thing (the rivalry) is on an even keel again, where it was a few years ago.”


Friday, May 20, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley takes a closer look at Oregon's first 2012 commitment, Oshay Dunmore. He will be in Eugene this weekend to compete for the Newport High track team in four different events but will be back next year for both track and football as an Oregon freshmen.

In the fall, Dunmore was a spread-option quarterback and all-state cornerback for Newport. He's being recruited by the Ducks as a safety, which fits both his athletic skills and his physical nature.

His coach in both sports, Kurt Hargett, sometimes has to remind Dunmore that, as a quarterback too, he needs to protect himself: "I'll get on him about it, because he'll just light people up."

Bob Rickert has your random recruit of the week, Jordan Simmons. The five star offensive guard from Crespi Carmelite H.S. in Enicino, CA comes in at 6'5" and 333 lbs.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley reviews the secondary now that spring practice has concluded.

Come fall, I anticipate Brian Jackson playing quite a bit behind John Boyett and Eddie Pleasant; the other reserve safeties perhaps need to show a little more in fall camp to earn more playing time. If nothing else, Issac Dixon looks like a contributor on special teams after enrolling for spring drills. Likewise, while Dior Mathis has a few guys ahead of him at cornerback, the speedy redshirt freshman could help as a returner in 2011 if called upon. The cornerback spots will get yet another infusion of talent when freshman Ifo Ekpre-Olomu enrolls.

 Ted Miller has been running a series called "hope & concern" for each Pac-12 team.

For Oregon, he lists the the two biggest reasons for hope; LaMichael James and Darron Thomas. The two areas of concern; the O-line and the receivers.

 LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner have accomplished something that has never been done before by Oregon athletes.

"Thus, they become the first two UO athletes to play on conference championship teams in two (football-track) sports in the same academic year in back-to-back seasons."

 Dale Newton thinks that if Darron Thomas were a movie, the sequel will be better than the original.

Darron Thomas is bright and directed, and he has Chip Kelly to deliver the talk, one of the best teachers and developers of quarterbacks in football.  He took Dixon and Masoli from raw unknowns to stardom in the most electrifying offense in the country.  And he isn't done with Darron Thomas.  Watch out for year two.  It's going to be an incredible ride.  Thomas might surprise the whole country with his development, and before he's finished, rewrite the Oregon record book and establish a legend of his own.

 John Canzano figures Chip Kelly doesn't plan on living easy this summer.

Kelly said he hasn't taken a vacation yet. "I'll take a week in July," he said. But the larger point is that Oregon's attempt to get itself back to a Bowl Championship Series game comes with a higher degree of difficulty this time around. 

I'm not betting against Kelly. 

Hey, he won 10 games as a rookie, and came within a couple of minutes of sending Auburn to overtime in the title game in year two. If Kelly was faced with moving the Broadway Bridge in season No. 3, you figure he'd find a way.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Creative Chip Kelly

• What do Conan O'Brien, Arianna Huffington, Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Mars, Tina Fey, Ryan Seacrest and Chip Kelly have in common? They all made the list of the 100 most creative people in business for 2011.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley reviews the linebacker position now that spring practice has concluded.

Fall camp will be very interesting to watch at this point. A couple of options seem likely. One would probably be for somebody like Josh Kaddu to get some time at WILL, getting Kaddu, Boseko Lokombo and Michael Clay together on the field together; at this point, those are unquestionably the Ducks' best three linebackers. But Kaddu was a great counter to end Dion Jordan on the other side of the defense in the spring, and the Kaddu-Lokombo rotation is so strong that the Ducks might be hesitant to mess with it. In which case, a couple of the incoming freshmen might need to help.

 Dale Newton shares his opinion of the Rob Moseley LB story and offers some intriguing best case/worst case scenarios.

 ESPN's Joe Schad notes that some states are trying to pass legislation that will put new restrictions and penalties on the so called "street agents" who supply colleges with recruiting material.

Duck Territory reports that ESPN's College GameDay will open the season in style with the Oregon vs LSU game on September 3rd in Dallas.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley continues his spring practice review with a look at the defensive line.

The breakout star of the spring might have been Dion Jordan, a converted receiver whose lanky build belies sneaky strength to go along with freakish athleticism for the position. At this point he can play either defensive end position, adding to his value. Coaches also spoke highly of Brandon Hanna in April, as the converted linebacker stepped into Kenny Rowe's old spot. Hanna isn't going to blow anybody away on paper, but he's a heady player who goes 100 percent all the time, effort that will be rewarded come fall.

 Dave Miller from the National Football Post has his Pac-12 post-spring power rankings compiled and has Oregon at the top of his list.

The Ducks are poised for a third consecutive league championship after returning many of the same characters from last season’s high-octane, up-tempo offense.

 Robert Stroup thinks a new mantra should be considered: "Win the day? Win the line of scrimmage."

 Bob Rickert has his random recruit of the week, safety Shaq Thompson. Thompson is a five-star player from Sacramento.

 Construction will begin next month on Oregon's six-level football operations center.

 Matt Hinton breaks down the pre-season favorites and claims Oregon is back, with the pedal still on the floor.

Hide the women and children, and most of the men. Chip Kelly dropped in from out of nowhere (New Hampshire, specifically) four years ago, and the rest of the West Coast is still trying to figure out how to put out the fire. 

His relentlessly up-tempo zone-read/spread option has produced the No. 1 total and scoring in the Pac-10 all four years, peaking with the ridiculous 47-point, 530-yard-per-game Death Star that led the nation on both counts in 2010, and it's done it with a wildly varying cast of stars.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley notes that the return of Hamani Stevens could shore up the offensive line.

“I’m ready to play some ball,” said Stevens, whose plans were first reported by “I’m really excited.”

“I want to come back and give it everything I’ve got, be able to be a starter,” Stevens said. “I used my redshirt year already, so I want to get in there and try to start, at any position, whether it’s center or guard. I don’t plan on sitting.”

Ted Miller ran a series of polls last week and has tabulated the results. Oregon or their players are featured in many of the questions posted by Miller. Not surprisingly, the biggest game of the year figures to be Oregon vs LSU and Ted agreed with the fans.

I understand the idea that the Stanford-Oregon game is the favorite to decide the Pac-12's top team, but the LSU-Oregon game will have significant national ramifications that figure to ripple throughout the season. Of course, same could eventually be said for Ducks-Cardinal, but we know RIGHT NOW that the Oregon-LSU game will match top-10 teams. We don't know what everything will look like on Nov. 12, when the Ducks visit Stanford.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• The biggest Oregon news yesterday came from the track teams where both the men and women defended their Pac-10 titles That's five in a row for the men and three in a row for the women. Great job Ducks.

Bob Rickert adds his two cents on the return on Hamani Stevens to the football team.

• Dale Newton assembles parables from many sources to describe the coaching style of Chip Kelly. He closes with the following:  {and be sure to read the complete story, fun stuff.}

Experts get mesmerized by the flop, and Kelly plays for the river.

Even when he loses, he wins.  Why be afraid of the worst that could happen, or a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, when you know it doesn't define you?  In Chip we trust.  All others buy in for cash.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley has a spring practice review of the offensive line.

The position to watch was obviously center, where [Karrington] Armstrong seemed to have an edge over [Hroniss] Grasu in terms of playing time with the first-string. The decision Steve Greatwood faces will be more nuanced than this, but essentially it boils down to this: Armstrong has a better grasp of the offense, as the more veteran player, while Grasu is more athletic and plays with a more physical style. Whichever one can best address his shortcomings this summer and in fall camp will likely win the job for good.

 Dale Newton has a related article on Hamani Stevens who will return this summer from his Mormon mission. Stevens figures to be in the mix on the depth chart for the center position.

 The Sports Business Journal has a good article on how ESPN and Fox teamed up to win the Pac-12 TV rights and push Comcast to the sidelines.

 Dennis Dodd lets loose has he looks at how the "transparent NCAA enforcement sausage" is made. Great read.

 Dale Newton compares David Paulson and Arnold (Terminator) Schwarzenegger. Fun stuff.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Sorry for the delay everyone, Blogger was having issues earlier today but everything seems to be up and running.

Rob Moseley continues spring practice reviews with a look at the tight end position.

Sets featuring two tight ends have been part of Oregon's base package under Chip Kelly, and the Ducks again appear to have the talent and depth to really explore what they can do out of that look, for the first time since Paulson and Ed Dickson were playing together. Add incoming freshman Christian French to the mix in the fall, and this has the makings of a very good group. The one ominous issue is the impending graduation of both David Paulson and Brandon Williams after this season; Colt Lyerla, Curtis White and Christian French need to prove this fall that they'll be ready to take over in 2012.

• Dale Newton wonders if Cliff Harris can accept the challenge to be even better and then ponders the question, is Chip Kelly the next Pete Carroll?


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley continues looking at each position now that spring practice has ended. Yesterday he reviewed the receivers, probably the biggest area of concern heading into summer workouts.

By mid-spring, it began to seem as if the Ducks might need to rely on an infusion of talent from their recruiting class at wideout in 2011, and at the conclusion of drills the coaching staff made no secret about it. Lavasier Tuinei and Josh Huff will be reliable starters, but the most likely scenario for the fall probably includes backup running back Kenjon Barner taking over the slot receiver position, in his role as a "tazer," and several newcomers helping flesh out the two-deep.

 Bob Rickert notes that twins Eric and Stephen Amoako from Martin High in Arlington, TX have verbally committed to the Ducks. They both play in the defensive backfield but haven't visited Oregon yet which is a prerequisite before a commitment is confirmed.

 The BCS T-shirts and hats declaring Oregon the victor over Auburn will find a new home overseas.

Whether you liked Joe Giansante as a commentator or not, it doesn't change the fact that he is a die-hard Oregon fan and supporter and Takimoto over at Addicted to Quack gives him his due.

On the flip side, now that Fox will be broadcasting a lot of the games in 2012, the announcement that they hired Gus Johnson as their lead play-by-play announcer for its college football and men's basketball overage did not hurt my feelings a bit. Here is a link to a YouTube video with some of his best moments.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has his spring practice review of running backs ready for your perusal.

There's little doubt that an accounting of Oregon's best 11 players on offense includes LaMichael James at running back and Kenjon Barner in the "tazer" role as a second back or slot receiver, so expect fireworks from the duo in tandem this year.

 Two more games have been added to the TV slate this fall having been picked up by ABC/ESPN. Both are Saturday games.

Oregon's Pac-12 opener at Arizona on Sept. 24 will kick off at 7:15 p.m. for the benefit of either ESPN or ESPN2, and given the probable temperatures in Tucson at that time of year, the Ducks will probably take it. Later, on Nov. 19, the Ducks will host USC in an ABC game that will begin at 5 p.m.

 Ted Miller has the Pac-12 spring game attendance figures and Oregon was first with nearly 3 times the amount of second place USC.

Miller also notes names that kept popping up during the spring practices.

For Oregon it was; DE Dion Jordan, CB Troy Hill, and TE Colt Lyerla.

 Joe Giansante, Oregon’s senior associate athletic director for external communications, and play-by-play announcer for OSN, accepted a new position with a San Diego firm that specializes in media and brand management. He will start his new job in June.

 LSU is making plans to combat the fast Oregon attack.

 Looks like USC will join the bandwagon of Oregon copycats when they go with a black helmet for their rivalry game against UCLA on Nov. 26th.

But the reason a rumor like this one has any traction at all, as Wolf points out, is that it so succinctly illustrates the balance of power on the West Coast: Oregon-style black helmets and uniforms does sound exactly like the kind of offensive that Lane Kiffin — and maybe only Lane Kiffin — would attempt to launch after a) Watching his team get blown out by the Ducks for the second year in a row, this time on their own field, and b) Watching a prized recruit who grew up in USC's breakfast nook, De'Anthony Thomas, spurn the Trojans at the last second in favor of Oregon, emerging for a signing day ceremony less than a mile from the SC campus decked out head-to-toe in gaudy Oregon swag to wrap up the best recruiting class in school history. (That was hardly the first timehe'd shown a preference for Oregon gear.) 

If it sounds even remotely plausible that USC might go the alternative route, that's another indication in itself of just how far the fault lines have shifted since the Ducks promoted Chip Kelly.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has posted his spring practice review for quarterbacks.

According to Darron Thomas, the Ducks were going to begin gathering for voluntary workouts two days after the spring game, which means as of today they're already a week into their summer throwing program.

Given the inconsistencies on offense during the spring, that becomes an incredibly important process for the 2011 Oregon football team, and it starts with the quarterbacks, who are the de facto coaches to some extent. 

Both Thomas and Bennett can improve their timing with the receivers and running backs, and their communication with the offensive line. In a month or so, incoming freshman Marcus Mariota could be around, too, and he'll need to get up to speed quickly, as well, since he figures to be the No. 3 quarterback on the travel squad come fall.

 Bob Rickert has his random recruit of the week, Matthew Rowe.

At 6' 2", 220 lbs. he's a prototypical middle linebacker in the making for coach Aliotti's 3-4 defense.

And yes, he's Kenny Rowe's younger brother. I know every player is evaluated differently, but I cringe every time I see Markus Wheaton in a Beaver uniform. I would love to see the Ducks sign Matthew and tighten the ties Oregon already has with the Rowe family.

 Ted Miller was busy yesterday as he posted four articles for your enjoyment. He starts with "what we learned this spring" and declares that Oregon and Stanford are the class of the conference.

The Ducks and Cardinal finished 2010 ranked in the top five and likely will start there -- or close to it -- in 2011. Both are national title contenders, which means their Nov. 12 showdown on The Farm should have huge implications, starting with the Pac-12 North Division.

Miller then relates news on and off the field in the Pac-12 and says some teams have QB issues but doesn't put Oregon in that category.

Ted also lists his favorite moments of the spring and highlights several moments for the Ducks. Oregon's green team defense, LMJ's 67 yrad TD run in the Spring Game and the best crowd at a spring game.

In his last piece, Miller has his spring wrap article for Oregon.

Darron Thomas and LaMichael James to lead: There are two legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates in the backfield: running back James, a finalist last season, and quarterback Thomas, who earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010. Their star power will give them standing on the team, and both seem ready to lead what could be another stellar season in Eugene.


Monday, May 09, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 George Schroeder looks at the difficult decision facing Chip Kelly regarding the final verdict for Kiko Alonso.

But he’s put his coach in a tough situation. It would be simple enough to dismiss Alonso from the team. I’m hopeful Kelly somehow gets creative and finds a way for him to remain involved with the Ducks, even without playing.

 Dale Newton takes a closer look at Evan Bayliss, the TE who verbally commited yesterday, and likes what he sees.


Sunday, May 08, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Bob Rickert reports that 4* TE Evan Bayliss (class of 2012) has verbally commited to Oregon. He is 6'5" and 225lbs out of Grandview High in Aurora, CO.

An eventual signing by Baylis would not only help Oregon, but put an early damper on the momentum everyone says is coming from Boulder. Baylis is the kind of player the Buff faithful expect to keep at home.


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Matt Daddy at Addicted to Quack, has a well thought out and written story on the new TV deal and what it could mean in the future.

It means that as the times change, and new delivery methods are created to showcase the talent of the Pac 12 we'll be able to keep up. If everyone is watching games on their mobile phones 5 years from now, they'll most assuredly be watching the Pac 12 games there too. Actually, if people are watching games on their mobile phones, they'll most likely be watching Pac 12 games since no one else has the flexibility, innovative freedom and ability to benefit from it like the Pac 12 does.

 Kiko Alonso plead guilt to reduced misdemeanor charges yesterday and was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, 2 years probations and attend an alcohol treatment program. His future with the football team is iffy at best.

 Bob Rickert has your random recruit of the week and says RB Rushel Shell is high on everyone's short list.

 Ted Miller looks at the returning kickers for the Pac-12 and notes that Oregon must feel pretty good about Jackson Rice and Rob Beard returning.


LMJ & KB at track meet - Chip Kelly Motivational Speech - Video

LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner talk with Jillian Kay about the difference between the football and the track. LMJ finished third overall with a time of 10.76 in the 100 meters at the Twilight Meet yesterday at Hayward field.

 Chip Kelly gives a motivational speech to members of the Armed Forces and the team after the Spring Game last weekend.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Darren Everson at the Wall St. Journal makes the case for adding Oregon's name to the Hall of Geniuses in describing the Oregon football program.

Every now and then in sports, some team will come up with a better way. Now that spring practice season has wrapped across college football, it's becoming increasingly clear that there may be another team on the verge of reaching this pantheon of all-time creative geniuses. It's the Oregon Ducks.

 Ted Miller lists his top seven returning sackmen in the Pac-12 and doesn't have any Ducks in his list due to graduation but does have DE Dion Jordan in the "who to watch for" section.

 Rob Moseley reports that the new TV deal doesn't mean Oregon will go on a spending spree but rather it will likely use the windfall to stabilize the athletic budget.

 Who has the best football and basketball programs? Oregon comes in at number eleven on the combined list and fourteenth for the football only portion.

 Aaron Fentress reports that several publication have CB Cliff Harris going in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Too early to talk 2012 NFL Draft? Nonsense.

What's a draft without months of projections and guesswork for the sake of entertainment? 

And when it comes to Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris, the guesses are extremely promising.

Sure, it's all conjecture at this point - guessing what order teams will pick is an extreme stretch  - but clearly those who project such things for a living think highly of Harris, who will be a junior next season.


Thursday, May 05, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ted Miller comments on the new TV deal is great news for fans as all the Pac-12 football and basketball games will be on TV and the Pac-12 Digital Network will be something like ESPN3 where games will be available online. Exciting times indeed. Matt Hayes is impressed with commissioner's Larry Scott's first two years after succeeding the ineffective Tom Hansen. lists the benefits for the Oregon program.

 Just a reminder that the inaugural U of O student-athlete talent show, hosted by O Heroes, will be held this Sunday from 4:30-7pm at the McDonald theater in Eugene.

 Ted Miller breaks down the returning ball hawks in the Pac-12. Holding down spots in first and second place are Cliff Harris and John Boyett.

1. Cliff Harris, Jr., CB, Oregon (6 interceptions): Harris just missed getting his seventh interception in the BCS national title game -- it would have been his second of the game -- against Auburn. Harris also led the Pac-10 by breaking up 17 passes, five more than anyone else.

2. John Boyett, Jr., S, Oregon (5): Boyett, whose pick-six was a critical play in the Ducks win at Arizona State, makes a lot of plays in the Ducks secondary as well as bringing some toughness.


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Pac-12 Media Rights Update: Press Conference - Video

• If you would like to watch the complete Pac-12 media announcement that was held earlier today in Phoenix the conference has made if available. Although the video appears to be 42 minutes long it really isn't, I have updated the embed code to start at the beginning which is at 21 minutes. Video courtesy of the Pac-10 Conference.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The biggest news from yesterday was the reported 12 year, $3 billion dollar TV rights deal. This number represents about $21 million dollars a year for each Pac-12 school. Jon Wilner has been the main lead for this story from the beginning. The deal is supposed to be formally announced today in Phoenix.

 Now that spring games have finished in major college football, Rivals and ESPN have updated their pre-season rankings. Rivals has Oregon at #3 (LSU #1) and ESPN has Oregon #4 (LSU #5.)

 Four former Ducks have been drafted by the UFL(?) Not that it matters much.

Not only did the Spring Game draw a new record setting attendance figure but it also raised a record donation of food and cash for Food for Lane County.


Tuesday, May 03, 2011

New TV Deal - Update

• Jon Wilner is reporting this morning that the Pac-12 TV deal is going to be very lucrative and be split between Fox and ESPN. Awesome news and the deal keeps getting sweeter. Should be officially announced tomorrow.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ivan Maisel spent some time with LaMichael James where James talks about becoming a leader and becoming his own cook.

"LaMichael's not a real vocal kid," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "He doesn't have to talk every day, but when he says something, people are going to listen to him. That's new for him. He's no longer the young guy. All of a sudden, he's the wily veteran."

James found a two-pronged cure for homesickness. For one thing, he taught himself how to fry chicken. 

"I try to eat a lot of soul food, a lot of fried food," he said. The nutritionist in the Oregon athletic department just fainted. James fries up some bird several times a week. He is aware that fried chicken isn't exactly tofu.

"I think if I played in a huddle, it would probably be a problem," James said. "Since I'm always running, I get away with it pretty well."

 Charles Fisher (aka FishDuck) breaks down the Spring Game in this detailed X's and O's report.

 Ken Goe reports that Chip Kelly has suspended LB Kiko Alonso indefinitely (no surprise there) and provides additional details of his (loser) arrest.

 Matt Hinton at Dr. Saturday provides his 2011 All-Undrafted Team which includes three former Ducks.

 Jon Wilner has an update on the TV negotiations and thinks a deal could be announced in the next week to ten days.

I fully expect the primary rightsholder to be with Fox or Comcast, with ESPN sublicensing games.

I fully expect the contract to pay the conference $230+ million annually.

I fully expect the Pac-12 to start its own network and form a media company that would oversee the network and the digital/online/mobile rights and a commercial arm.


Looking ahead to summer practice - Video

Oregon will need to workout this summer which will provide huge benefits come fall. Jillian Kay at Comcast Sports files this report.


ESPN Interviews Chip Kelly - Video

ESPN's Chris Fowler talks with Chip Kelly about replacing the seniors who departed, spring practice and the big game against LSU in September.


Monday, May 02, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ken Woody breaks down the Spring Game and says the Ducks are not quite ready for prime time but there where bright spots.

The defense looked good, real good. They are deep and showed no falloff for having been divided up into two teams. Michael Clay looks to be the real deal at linebacker, mixing physical athleticism with speed, which Oregon linebackers have lacked at times in the past.

  Another bright spot at the Spring Game was LB Kiko Alonso. Too bad he will more than likely be dismissed from the team for his second arrest, this time on burglary charges.

 Two former Ducks, Jeff Maehl and Brandon Bair, went undrafted in the NFL and Rivals lists them as some of the best undrafted players.

 Dale Newton says that the receiver position may be a questions mark but the Ducks have several answers.

Lavasier Tuinei needs to work on his routes.  He missed connections with DT twice, once on a post route and the other on a post-corner.  Got to make those breaks sharp and consistent.  They'll work on that.

Colt Lyerla looks like a keeper, making three catches in traffic.  Eric Dungy showed up nicely with a couple of possession grabs.  He helped himself Saturday.


Chip Kelly Press Conference after the Spring Game - Video

Chip Kelly answers reporters questions after the Spring Game. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.


Sunday, May 01, 2011

2011 Oregon Spring Game Highlights - Video

 All of the best offensive and defensive plays from the Spring Game at Autzen Stadium on April 30, 2011. If you enjoyed this video and haven't before, please take a moment and subscribe to my YouTube channel.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The Spring Game not only drew a record crowd but also provides us with ample reading material, seems like everyone has an article on the game. Rob Moseley, Ken Goe, Chris Courtney, Robby Boydstun, Anne M. Peterson, ESPN and

Here are a few samples from my favorites.

Rob MoseleyThe game was a step up for the offense from the two scrimmages this spring, featuring fewer penalties and turnovers, though there were two interceptions and a fumble. But overall it was another day that belonged mostly to the defense, with only the Heisman candidate James able to get the ball into the end zone on a typically outstanding effort.

Ken Goe: The day’s longest pass play was a catch-and-run, 25-yarder from Bennett to tight end David Paulson, in which Paulson swatted aside cornerback Cliff Harris and raced down the sideline before being pushed out on the 4.

“I just didn’t have the wheels to finish it,” Paulson said, smiling. “I saw the opening, I just couldn’t finish. I don’t know if it was because it was the end of a series, or I just need more work in the offseason.”

Chris Courtney: It was the Oregon defense that may have had the most to brag about during the off-season. While the green team had advantage on the scoreboard, Oregon's defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti might have been the most elated. Aliotti served as the coach for the greens while Offensive Coordinator headed the whites.

"We gave up one touchdown to a good football player, with one explosion play, we continued to get turnovers," smiled Aliotti. "The coup de grace was that I was fortunate to be on the winning team and we got a shut out so it is all good." 

 Rob Moseley provides up with a photo slideshow from the game.

 Chris Courtney notes that Nick Aliotti's defense heads into the summer on a high.

 John Hunt is impressed with how quickly Colt Lyerla has made the transition from high school to college.

 Casey Matthews was drafted in the fourth round yesterday by the Philadelphia Eagles.

 If you missed the Spring Game, couldn't or forgot to DVR it, you can still catch it online at ESPN3. I wouldn't wait too long though, it won't be available forever.

I will have my highlight video of the Spring Game posted later today here and at my YouTube channel.


Spring Game - Thoughts, Interviews, Highlights - Video

KVAL provides a few highlights from the Spring Game along with sound bites from Carson York, David Paulson, Chip Kelly, and then some interviews with Colt Lyerla, Darron Thomas and LaMichael James.