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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.


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