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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.


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