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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.


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