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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.


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