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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley talks with Nick Cody and wrapping up summer workouts and what the work has meant to the team.

ESPN played host to the Pac-12 North Division coaches and they got the grand tour. Video courtesy of the Pac-12 conference.

• Rachel Bachman notes the Oregon Ducks are being proactive in their efforts to track sales of autographs and game-worn gear.

• Scott Reed did a lot of digging through every recruiting article he could find to come up with an accurate and fact based article on the relatioship between Lache Seastrunk and Will Lyles. This is a two part series and you will find part one here and part two here. Very well done Scott.

• I usually don't add music to my YouTube videos but I had a request from a FB friend so I came up with this Big Hits video. Enjoy.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Kurt posted part two of his vlog and talks about the progress of his YouTube videos, hooking up with FishDuck to do articles, Pac-12 media day and his favorite music. Good stuff Kurt.

 Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott talks about the Pac-12 Network in NYC.

 CK talks with Maggie Gray of about the investigation not being a distraction, DT and LMJ won't be carrying the load and preparing for LSU.

 Fletcher Johnson talks with Keenan Howry in this audio podcast where they talk about the NFL. Oregon football, and the new look Pac-12.

 Dale Newton believes the Ducks have to be quick like a chicken to avoid the Eye of the Tiger and looks at some key indicators that will give you an indication of how this season will unfold.

 Dale also posted an article on what Darron Thomas could learn from sports psychologist Bob Rotella.

Rotella wrote one of the best-selling golf books of all time, Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, a slim, understandable, empowering, beautifully-written little book that offers simple, practical, time-tested principles that a competitor can use to perform better in any area of life, whether it's golf, a sales presentation, a job interview or a history test. Or a nationally-televised football game between two of the top five teams in the country.

Good read, check it out here.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Chip Kelly and Jeff Tedford talk with si.coms Maggie Gray in the first two videos regarding recent unsavory news and then on the new Pac-12 conference.

 Colin Cowherd talks with Chip about recruiting in this audio podcast on The Herd.

 Jon Wilner has some additional details regarding the new Pac-12 Network.

 Ted Miller is doing his top 25 Pac-12 player series and the first Oregon player to show up gets the #23 slot, TE David Paulson.

Making the case for Paulson: The 6-foot-4, 241-pound senior earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010 and -- apologies to Stanford's outstanding troika of TEs -- he's the best tight end in the Pac-12. Not only is he an effective receiver -- see an average of 17.4 yards per reception -- he's also a tenacious blocker. The Pac-12 blog also has a warm spot for good football players who earn academic honors -- Paulson was one of just four players to be first-team All-Pac-10 and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic in 2010. Further, the Ducks are rebuilding at receiver and lack depth behind Paulson. That means it wouldn't be surprising if Paulson doubles his production this fall, which could mean All-American and Mackey Award consideration.

Steve Summers talks with Terrell Turner and Lavasier Tuinei about summer workouts as they wind down in preparation for fall camp.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The Pac-12 conference announced their new Pac-12 TV Network deal yesterday and you can count on one thing, starting in 2012 there will be no more missed games.

So far, the conference has signed deals with these cable operators; Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox and BrightHouse to carry the networks but expect to add satellite and telephone companies.

The new deal also includes “TV everywhere” rights,  (great deal here) permitting the networks to be viewed outside customers’ homes on any digital device, such as smart phones and tablet computers.

There will be six regional networks and a national network. The six regions will cover the schools in the following areas: Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain (Utah and Colorado.)

You can read summaries from the New York Times, Jon Wilner and Ted Miller.

 Rob Moseley shares his article on David Paulson's experience at the Media Conference which turned out to be a good one despite a couple of problems.

 Former Oregon QB Kellen Clemens has agreed to terms with the Washinton Redskins.

 Dale Newton got a little airtime as he talked with Tyler Pyburn on a local TV station in Boston, MA. They talked about the PAC-12 Media Day, Will Lyles, Chip Kelly handling the press, the build up to LSU and the start of fall practice.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oregon Highlights 2010

Just got an email from Oregon DuckMail about tickets and it has the link for this video. While most of us are familiar with all the images it's still a fun little video for your Wednesday afternoon.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Chip Kelly answers reporters' questions yesterday at the Pac-12 Media Day conference.

 Rob Moseley, Ted Miller and Dale Newton share their thoughts on how things went regarding Oregon's day at the media conference.

 One thing the media did agree on was who is going to win the Pac-12 conference. That would be Oregon. Articles by Jon Wilner and Rob Moseley.

 Oregon's 2011 media guide was released yesterday and it has the new additions to the roster.

 There was a flurry of action for undrafted free agents yesterday and the following former Oregon players made some news. Spencer Paysinger to the Giants, Jeff Maehl to Houston, Kenny Rowe and Jeremiah Masoli to the 49ers, D.J. Davis to the Falcons, Bradon Bair to Kansas City, Talmadge Jackson to the Ravens and Bo Thran to the Chargers. Good luck guys.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Are You Ready for Pac-12 Football?

Not ready for football yet? You will be. Video courtesy of the Pac-12 conference.


Canzano shut down - Video

John Canzano tries to stir the pot at the Pac-12 Media Day this morning but gets shut down by Dave Kirsch. Chip being the guy he is, answers anyway. Funniest thing about the whole deal is Clownzano's wife is the one who posted this video. Perfect.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 It's Pac-12 Media Day and Chip Kelly will have everyone's attention as he takes to the podium around 9:20am PDT this morning along with senior TE David Paulson. Inisde the article you will find a link to watch the live stream.

 Rob Moseley lays out some of the new officiating rules that were shared with reporters yesterday from Pac-12 coordinator of football officiating Tony Corrente and football officiating consultant Mike Pereira.

 Jon Wilner highlights some of his thoughts on the Pac-12 TV Network.

 Coaches will leave LA and head for Bristol, Conn. where they will tape shows for ESPN. Chip Kelly will be very busy on Thursday as you can see from the schedule.

 Ted Miller looks at some high-risk, high-reward matchups this year. Oregon vs LSU tops the list.

Unlike Boise-Georgia, both teams in this game, not just one, start the season with legit national title hopes (and both could be ranked in the preseason top 5). And unlike Boise, life gets no easier for either team once this game is over. On the positive side, a close loss might not sting so bad if both teams spend the remainder of the season battling for conference titles and for spots in the top 10, which they should. Still, the loser of this game could end up regretting having scheduled it by season's end.

 Ted Miller recaps all of his position reviews and gives each category point values. Oregon and USC come out on top.

 Bob Rickert has another of his Q&A pieces, "Once a Duck always a Duck," with former RB Reuben Droughns.

 George Schroeder reviews AD Rob Mullens first year on the job.

 Jeff Maehl has reportedly agreed to a free agent contract with the Houston Texans. It should become official later today.

 The Heisman Pundit lays out what they think are the steps LMJ needs to take to secure the Heisman Trophy.

James has an opportunity to do, or be a part of, some huge things in 2011.  Playing well in wins over LSU and Stanford would serve him very well in the Heisman race.  Get past the Tigers and the Cardinal and you have to like the Ducks’ chances of making it to New Orleans. But James could, with another fine season, push himself into second place on the all-time Pac-12 career rushing list.  He’s 1,767 yards away from having only Heisman winner Charles White ahead of him. Furthermore, he’s likely to set the conference record for career touchdowns as well this year.  Those kinds of achievements would be a real boon to his Heisman hopes.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Hamani Stevens talks about transitioning from one kind of mission to another. Video courtesy of KVAL.

 John Canzano lists his top 25 most influential people in Oregon sports where you will find Oregon donor Phil Knight at the top followed by Chip Kelly at #5, Rob Mullens #7, DT/LMJ #13, and Dana Altman #14.

 Dale Newton takes a closer look at Darrion Weems who he says is a solid protector with brains and brawn.

Weems is a bright, articulate guy, a political science major off the field.  He bench presses 365 pounds and is 6-5, 300, agile enough to spring LaMichael James at the second level. Asked about his blocking assignments in the Oregon offense, Weems told TV station KVAL, "It helps having LaMichael back there, making guys miss."


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oregon Ducks Top 10 Plays of the Decade 2001-2011

• A little video to keep the juices flowing during the off-season. One of my subscribers at YouTube, judgepuddles, came up with his top ten list for the last 10 years. Of course, you might not agree with his choices, and if that's the case, leave a comment. Maybe I'll do a video of your top 10.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Kurt Liedtke (aka keeerrrttt1) unveils his premier video for his vlog and talks about everything going on in DuckWorld plus some exciting plans for the future.

 Darrion Weems talks about reshaping the O-line. Video courtesy of KVAL.

 Rob Moseley talks with DT and Lavasier Tuinei about the opportunities at hand for the young receiving crew.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 David Paulson and Curtis White talk about the loss of Brandon Williams to the tight end group and what that loss means to the team. Video courtesy of KVAL.

 Rob Moseley reports on the sudden departure of reserve tight end Brandon Williams due to a previously unknown back issue that required he give up the sport.

 Dale Newton ponders the future for the receiving corps now that Brandon Williams has departed.

 Ron Bellamy notes that AD Rob Mullens has sent an email to key Oregon donors and constituents stating Oregon is taking the Lyles matter very seriously.

 Oregon Daily Emerald photographer Aaron Marineau has some fun photos of the team on the practice field.

 Rob Moseley reports former Oregon DB Aaron Gipson will conduct a series of youth clinics at the US Sportsplex in West Eugene beginning today.

 Ted Miller has a preseason position review for the Pac-12 cornerbacks and has Oregon in his "good shape" category.

We're assuming Cliff Harris gets his act together -- he's suspended for the LSU game. If so, he's one of the best cover corners in the country. The experienced Anthony Gildon steps in for Talmadge Jackson, while redshirt freshmen Terrance Mitchell and Troy Hill turned in strong springs.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Dale Newton goes on the recruiting trail looking for talent that will help the Ducks in 2012. He likes what he sees in WR Eugene Lewis out of Plymouth, PA.

A terrific leaper with great timing and desire for the ball. Very tough in traffic, uses his body well and positions himself strong for the football (a forward/power forward in basketball; has a tenacious rebounder's mentality with the ball in the air. Good discipline in route running, cuts sharp, tough to cover. Timed in the 40 at 4.5 but he's "football fast." Gets open. Gets to the football. Excellent open-field runner with a long stride and good moves in traffic.

 Dale has another piece on backup QB Bryan Bennett who has had some vital experience.

Bennett has good tools, and he could be a great starting quarterback one day.  Trouble is, football is a collision sport, and someday could be as soon as the third play of the LSU game.

Ideally, Bryan will get a chunk of snaps in the Southwest Missouri game and in game three versus Nevada.  The Ducks will likely have another three or four opportunities during the year when they're comfortably ahead and Bennett can take the reins. He'll continue his apprenticeship. He'll develop his gifts, and develop timing with Oregon's promising young receivers.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Ted Miller continues his preseason position rankings and looks at the safeties where he has Oregon is his "great shape" category.

Free safety John Boyett is a big hitter and ball hawk -- see five interceptions -- and earned honorable mention all-conference honors. Rover Eddie Pleasant was solid last season after moving from linebacker to safety, and he's expected to take another step forward in 2011.

 Jon Wilner explores the possibilities regarding the Pac-12 Network and thinks Time Warner might be the best fit for the near term.

 Greg Biggins checked in with the QB's who have already commited and were selected for the Elite 11 camp to find out the reasosns for selecting their preferred schools. For Oregon that was Jake Rodrigues.

After a strong showing at the Stanford Nike Camp, Rodrigues' stock started to take off, but Oregon was the only one school he really wanted to play for. When coach Chip Kelly offered Rodrigues a scholarship while on an unofficial visit, he jumped on it. USC offered the signal-caller a few weeks ago, but Rodrigues is rock solid in his commitment to the Ducks.

In case you are in need of a little humor check out this video by longtime YouTube King, keeerrrttt. NSFW.

 Stephen Alexander says there is no looking back for the Oregon rushing corps.

Being better does not necessarily mean LaMichael James rushing for more yards. He wants to become a more complete back, and that includes the times when the football is not in his hands.

“I don’t just have to have the statistics be better,” he says. “I want to block better, run better, catch better, be a decoy more. I do good things when I have the ball, but I need to get better when I don’t have the ball. ”


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Rob Moseley talks with Hamani Stevens about his return from his church mission and getting ready for fall camp.

 Dale Newton believes stopping LSU sophomore running back Spencer Ware is the key to containing the LSU offense.

Rivals has compiled their top 100 prospects coming out of high school in the last decade. Three Oregon players make their list. Can you guess which three? I got two of them right. Just remember, their list has nothing to do with how these players eventually did in college or the pros. (Link courtesy of Rob Moseley.)


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Rob Moseley tries his hand with producing YouTube videos to accompany his stories and starts off with this video where a few members of the football team talk about attending a Leadship Seminar.

Anthony Gildon, Michael Clay, and Karrington Armstrong are featured in the video and talk about what they took away from the first weekend of the seminar.

 Ted Miller has his preseason review of the Pac-12 linebackers and puts Oregon in the "good shape" category.

Sure, Oregon lost multiyear starters Casey Matthews and Spencer Paysinger, but a regular rotation of backups the past two seasons means there's plenty of experience surrounding returning strongside backer Josh Kaddu. Junior Michael Clay is a budding star, and Boseko Lokombo, Dewitt Stuckey and Derrick Malone are also going to see action. The wild card is MLB Kiko Alonso, a big hitter who had a great spring but is presently under indefinite suspension for a criminal mischief arrest in May.

 LaMichael James and Darron Thomas were named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list yesterday.

 A.J. Jacobson has a Q&A session with Oregon safety Eddie Pleasant.

 Dale Newton reminds us all that behind the fantastic LMJ runs or Cliff Harris picks and returns are linemen who create the holes and apply the pressure to the opposing team that creates these opportunities. Who will be the unsung hero this year? Dale picks four potential candidates.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Todd Kaufmann believes Darron Thomas and LaMichael James are ready to run over the Pac-12.

These two players alone make Oregon a team to be reckoned with when the 2011 season begins. No matter what happens with the Oregon program, the team can still maintain it's high level of play on the backs of their two stars.

The Ducks showed what kind of prolific offense they could put on the field last season. If that returns, this could be the most exciting and dynamic offensive team college football has seen in a long time.

 Dale Newton looks for candidates who have the potential to move from just good to great. Dale looks at five pairs of players who make his list. Here is just a short sample of the first pair, Kenjon Barner and David Paulson.

If Barner stays healthy this season and blossoms in his TAZR role, he could have a Bobby Moore-like season.  Duck fans love the purposeful way he runs, so very efficient slashing in and through the hole with one cut.  He's a tremendous change of pace from his good friend and backfield mate LaMichael James.

Paulson's story is similar in that he's been a solid player for the Ducks, but he could join the ranks of great Oregon tight ends in 2011. Darron Thomas needs someone to rely on for those crucial first downs, someone who will hang on to the ball in traffic.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley had a radio interview with the Bald Faced Truth on Friday and talked about the grey area of recruiting, wide receivers and the offensive line. You can listen to the audio here.

• Bryan Bennett worked as a counselor last week at the Manning Passing Academy put on by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.

“It allowed me to measure myself against those guys, and also to see the way the Mannings act, just kind of that poise,” said Bennett, who redshirted last season but was on call as the backup to Darron Thomas following Nate Costa’s season-ending knee injury.

“They’re professional quarterbacks that have both won Super Bowls, so it was good to see.”

• Dale Newton believes the Ducks should target OLB Bryce Cottrell out of Plano, TX in their recruiting efforts.

He plays outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense at Plano West, a school with a great tradition that suffered a winless season last year. Cottrell didn't disappoint, however.  He's started since his sophomore year, and in his highlight film what stands out is his speed and quickness to the ball.  He knifes in, speed rushes, throws down, a high-volume tackler who pursues and breaks down ball carriers with fantastic effectiveness and enthusiasm.  Fans will love how hard he plays, the relentlessness, the refusal to be blocked.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Terrell Turner talks about the past and looks ahead to his senior year, Josh Huff talks about rehabbing his knee and looks forward to fall camp, and Darron Thomas is excited to be playing back at home (Texas) on September 3rd. Video courtesy of KVAL.

 Rob Moseley reports that LMJ is in the running for his second straight Doak Walker Award, DT is on the Davy O'Brien Award watch list and Josh Kaddu is on the Butkus Award watch list.

 Dale Newton wonders who will have an impact in their first year at Oregon and gives the following players the best chance of playing this year.

Colt Lyerla, Rahsaan Vaughn, Jared Ebert, De'Anthony Thomas, Devon Blackman, Anthony Wallace and (with a question mark) Tyler Johnstone or Andre Yruretagoyena. Out of these players Dale likes Colt's chances the best.

He'll play regardless, a physical freak with off-the-charts skills, 6-5 230 and still filling out, able to leap tall Plyo Boxes in a single bound.  With a 40" vertical leap and uncommon poise, he'll be productive from the beginning, proving himself in the Spring Game with three catches in traffic.  He'll be a reliable possession receiver and a perfect complement to David Paulson, giving the Ducks the ability to use two tight end sets to augment the young receiver corps and get a physical advantage in run game blocking.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rachel Bachman reports that former Oregon head football coach Mike Bellotti gets a promotion at ESPN to a two-member broadcast team working mainly Big Ten games this fall.

"He really impressed us last year," said Ed Placey, senior coordinating producer for ESPN's college football coverage. "We weren't 100 percent sure how good he was going to be until we kind of got him out there. We found out quickly enough that it wasn't going to be too long before we wanted to spread his wings even further."

 Dale Newton notes that Oregon received a verbal commit from QB Jeff Lockie. 6'2", 180lbs. with a 4.68 forty out of Monte Vista HS in Danville, CA.

Jeff told Greg Biggins of, "I've always liked Oregon and I camped with them last month and had a really good time. I like the offense a lot and feel it's a good fit for me. I'm a dual-threat guy but feel that I'm a guy that can throw the ball and make plays with my arm as well as my legs when needed."  Confidence, and a determination to make plays, that's a good start for anyone who wants to be a successful quarterback.

 Ashley Swafford notes that Oregon commit, QB Jake Rodrigues, has a big responsibilty other than finishing high school and coming to Oregon next year.

Rodrigues said Oregon was a little hesitant to have him as their number one guy at first when he mentioned he had a son.

“Oregon knows I have a son,” said Rodrigues. “They were a little skeptical at first, but when I told them it only makes me more focused, they understood. In the end, I am responsible for his future and going to college is the best way for that to happen. They are excited for me to be a Duck!”

 Dale Newton thinks that if Ken Ekanem comes West, the Ducks might have their most intimidating defensive end ever.

Ken Ekanem could be the next great Oregon defensive end, if they can land him.  They cooled on Jeremy Castro, partly out of hope that Ek would come out West and put on Oregon hat.  He's making an official visit this fall, and signing him would be a perfect fit for the fast, pressuring defense the Ducks like to play.  He's the bullet, the missle, the red arrow pointed at the quarterback's grill.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 The Heisman Pundit lists the most exciting players in college football for 2011 and while some on the list might not have a shot at the Heisman Trophy one player most certainly does.

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon – Anyone who saw his video game-like run against Tennessee last year knows what James can do.  He’s built low to the ground  and has excellent speed, so you never know when he’s going to squirt out of a pile and into the clear.

 Bruce Feldman says that Oregon has the best backfield in the country with the trio of LaMichael James, Darron Thomas and Kenjon Barner.

 Ted Miller breaks down the players from the Pac-12 on Phil Steele's list of draft eligible players with a shot at the NFL. You'll find a few familiar Oregon names on the list.

 Dale Newton introduces incoming freshman OL Andre Yruretagoyena. 6'5", 260lbs. with a 4.94 forty out of Chaparral HS in Scottsdale, AZ.

On the field, he's punishing, nasty and relentless, nothing like the normal and well-adjusted guy you'd find hanging out with friends. There are linebackers and defensive backs picking themselves up all over Arizona with bruises that attest to his effectiveness in that area.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley reports that Cliff Harris has rejoined the team on the practice field after his family helped him get caught up on his traffic fines.

“It’s good to see him back in there,” said UO senior cornerback Anthony Gildon, the captain of Oregon’s defensive backfield. “He’ll be good. He’s a hard-working individual. You know, everybody makes mistakes; it’s not that big of a deal. He’s here to work. ...

“Of course we’re going to try and help him mature as he goes along, but he’s a good kid and he’ll be all right.”

 Rob Beard has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list as the nation's best placekicker and Carson York was named to the Lombardi Award watch list.

 Ted Miller continues his preseason position reviews for the Pac-12 and looks at defensive ends where we find Oregon in the "good shape" category.

The Ducks lost their lead player -- Kenny Rowe -- but Terrell Turner is back, and Dion Jordan looks poised for a breakout season after a strong spring. There's capable depth, topped by Brandon Hanna and Tony Washington.

 Single-game reserved tickets for five of the University of Oregon’s seven 2011 home football games will go on sale to the general public beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday (July 14) at

Standing room-only tickets will go on sale at a later date for any sold-out home game. Fans wishing to be placed on an e-mail list for notification of standing room-only sales can sign up for DuckMail at

Steve Summers at eDuck takes a quick look at the 2011 Ducks and must like what he sees, he has them running the table at 13-0.

The Pac-12’s defending champion dominated the conference last season, coming just 3-points short of the BCS title. This year’s Ducks are loaded at every position and boasts the top running back in the nation and one of the very best quarterbacks. Slowing down Chip Kelly’s offense is a major task and the Ducks look to be better defensively from a team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation last season for several weeks in a row. The opening game against LSU will likely match the No. 1 and 2 teams and the winner should hold he No. 1 spot for the rest of the season.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 The post today will have a definite Ted Miller flavor to it and the video above was shared by Ted as EA Sports simulated the entire 2011 season -- including every BCS bowl game -- using NCAA Football 2012, and it projects Oregon stomping Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

The new version should be available today for all you gamers out there. I could live without the dreads though.

 The most indispensable player for Oregon? Ted says it is Darron Thomas.

 John Boyett has been named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation's best defensive back.

 Former Oregon center Jordan Holmes was one of four winners of the the Tom Hansen Conference Medal.

Given to student athletes based on "the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership."

 Pac-12 media day is two weeks from today and the Pac-12 released the official list of each teams returning starters.

 Rob Moseley returned after a three week vacation and posted a little analysis and commentary on the distractions the Oregon program has been facing while he was away. Nice to see Rob back and add his level headed opinions.

 Dale Newton has a profile story on incoming freshman LB Anthony Wallace. 6'0", 221lbs with a 4.55 forty out of Skyline HS in Dallas, Texas.

He's been training for this all his life, a passionate, complete football player with the potential to be a star.  His high school coach told Corbett Smth of the Dallas Morning News, "He's going to find the ball. He's going to make plays. He lets you know he's on the field by what he does."  Picture a linebacker with the pedigree and work ethic of Casey Matthews, but with more speed and athletic ability.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 A little John Boyett video I put together yesterday that covers his best plays from 2010.

 George Schroeder reports the U of O Athletic Department is looking to hire an individual with a unique skill-set.

To sum up, Oregon is looking for an ex-cop with jujitsu skills who is computer savvy and likes to read to first-graders (or at least, to get athletes reading to first-graders).

 Adam Jude notes that Darron Thomas is counting down the days to fall camp as he has limited time to get the incoming freshman up to speed.

Thomas said he’s been working out in smaller groups with new receivers Tacoi Sumler, Devon Blackmon and Rahsaan Vaughn, and freshmen running backs De’Anthony Thomas and Tra Carson. (Another new arrival, freshman tight end Christian French, has caught the quarterback's eye, too. He joins freshman Colt Lyerla, who arrived in the spring, as young tight ends hoping to get in the mix this fall.)

 Dale Newton has a nice profile story on incoming JC transfer WR Rahsaan Vaughn. 6'2", 192lbs, out of College of San Mateo in California.

A high-volume receiver, a workhouse who could achieve Maehl-like productivity once he acclimates and if he conforms.  He's almost identical in size to Jeff, but with more natural ability and a notch faster.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Kenjon Barner, John Boyett and David Paulson talk about summer workouts, teaching the incoming freshman and are getting excited for fall camp. Video courtesy of KVAL.

 Ted Miller calls the Oregon vs Stanford game on Nov. 12 the biggest game in the new Pac-12 North Division.

So as the offseason churns toward the 2011 campaign, it's impossible not to see the rematch in Palo Alto as not only the impact game of the year in the first iteration of the Pac-12 North Division, but also the game of the year in the entire conference. And it might even become the game of the year nationally.

 Cliff Harris has been named to the Bronko Nagurski watch list. The winner is judged to be college football's best defensive player.

Dale Newton would like you to meet incoming freshman Tacoi Sumler and De'Anthony Thomas. Here is a little sample of each article Dale posted.

Tacoi Sumler: What's even more impressive about Sumler is that he's a very polished, finished receiver.  His father Tommy was a youth coach in South Florida for 30 years, for the Florida City Razorbacks, and he's given Tacoi a tremendous foundation in the game.  He runs precise patterns, cuts at full speed, catches the ball at its highest point, runs extremely well after the catch.

De'Anthony Thomas: Thomas is an explosive wonder on the football field.  Rahim Moore, an All-American safety who starred first at rival Dorsey High and then at UCLA, told Shelburne,  "Everything you've heard is true," he said. "He's probably the best player to come out of the city, ever. He's probably the best athlete, in any sport, to come out of Crenshaw, ever." Running and passing, he averaged a touchdown one out of every six times he touched the ball.  He's small, but extraordinarily elusive and fast, with the fastest 200 meter time of any high schooler in the country last year, 20.61 seconds.  He's been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40, 10.57 in the 100, the Los Angeles City Champion.


Saturday, July 09, 2011

Oregon Ducks Defense Highlights Part Two 2010 - Video

• I am out camping for the next couple of days so I am re-posting part two today and part one was yesterday of all the best defensive plays from last year. I'll be back tomorrow with the normal "Morning Mud" post. Enjoy the video.


Friday, July 08, 2011

Oregon Ducks Defense Highlights Part One 2010 - Video

• I am out camping for the next couple of days so I am re-posting part one and two of all the best defensive plays from last year. I'll be back on Sunday with the normal "Morning Mud" post. Enjoy the video and part two will be coming tomorrow morning.


Thursday, July 07, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Ted Miller has his preseason postion review on punters in the Pac-12 and we'll find Oregon in the "good shape" category.

Jackson Rice averaged a solid 42.3 yards per punt in 2010, with 18 of 40 punts downed inside the 20.

Jon Wilner has the latest on the Pac-12 TV Network and details the football scheduling process.

Bob Rickert continues his excellent series, "once a Duck always a Duck" as he does a Q&A with former QB Danny O'Neil.

• Dale Newton introduces 2011 freshman OL Jamal Prater, 6'4" and 290 lbs. out of Etiwanda HS in Etiwanda, CA.

Jamal Prater is the rare raw material, a 16-year-old who is 6-4 and 290 lbs., naturally strong enough to take other large, determined young men and stack them like Pringles next to a hot dog.


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Adam Jude notes that LaMichael James and Darron Thomas have been named to the 2011 Maxwell Award watch list.

James was a semifinalist for the award last year after leading the nation in rushing (144.2 yards per game).

Thomas threw for 2,881 yards, with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a first-year starter in 2010.

 Ted Miller continues his preseason position reviews with a look at the kickers and you will find Oregon in the "good shape" category.

Rob Beard made 10 of 13 field goals last year -- coach Chip Kelly doesn't like field goals -- and was 63 of 64 on PATs.

 KVAL reports that former Oregon QB Nate Costa was swore in as Springfield's newest police officer on July 5, Costa's first day on the job.

Trying on his new uniform, Costa called the position his dream job.

"This is a great job for me," Costa said. "This is what I wanted to do after football all along. I'm just into it a little quicker than I anticipated."

 Dale Newton introduces freshman QB Marcus Mariota out of St. Louis H.S. in Honolulu, HI. 6'4" 194lbs with 4.48 forty speed.

Marcus Mariota may have the best package of skills, running, throwing, leadership, intelligence, coaching, size and speed, of any quarterback the Ducks have recruited for the spread offense. 

Marcus was a 3.6 student in high school, and his eye-popping senior stats are even more amazing when you consider that he had to wait until his senior year to become the starter for the Crusaders.


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Dale Newton previews incoming freshman WR Colt Lyerla.6' 5" and 225lbs. with a 4.56 forty time out of Hillsboro H.S. in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Lyerla has game-changing potential,a mature body and good speed for his new position.  With a 40-inch vertical leap, he'll be an especially difficult matchup in the red zone and third downs, with go-to physical gifts. 

What's equally impressive about Colt is his groundedness.  The child of a single mother, he answers interview questions with "Yes sir." 

His Oregon career should be something to watch.


Monday, July 04, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Happy 4th of July everyone. Have a safe and enjoyable day with you family and friends and if you are travelling be safe.

 Andy Mac details all of the football team's preseason  honors, awards and watch lists as of July 1st.

2nd Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's)
4th Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

4th Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)
CFPA Punt Returner Trophy Watch List

1st Team All-Pac-12 (Sporting News, Lindy's)
2nd Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele, Athlon)

2nd Team All-America (Athlon)
1st Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele, Athlon)
2nd Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's)
Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List
CFPA Defensive Back Trophy Watch List

1st Team All-America CB (Phil Steele, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy's); PR (Phil Steele, Athlon); AP (Playboy)
1st Team All-Pac-12 CB (Phil Steele, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy's); PR (Phil Steele, Athlon)
CFPA Punt Returner Trophy Watch List
CFPA Defensive Back Trophy Watch List

2nd Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's)

1st Team All-America (Phil Steele, Playboy, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy's)
1st Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele, Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy's)

4th Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

1st Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's)

CFPA Punter Trophy Watch List

2nd Team All-Pac-12 (Lindy's)
3rd Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

4th Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele)

2nd Team All-Pac-12 (Phil Steele, Athlon)

Dale Newton introduces freshmen WR B.J. Kelley, 6'2" 175lbs with a 4.43 forty.

His 4.43 40 time is legitimate, as it was run at a combine and it's in line with his prep track bests.  Kelley wants to compete in both sports as a collegian, making him the latest addition to an impressive group of dual sport Ducks that includes LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and Dior Mathis.  (Barner and James are two-time, two-sport conference team champions.) Kelley is a solid B student, and has a 1390 3-part SAT score according to


Sunday, July 03, 2011

Josh Huff 2010 Highlights - Video

With all of the negative press I figured everyone could use a little distraction and just think, it's only two months until we kick off the 2011 campaign. Enjoy all the best plays Josh Huff had last year and as always...


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Darron Thomas and Anthony Gildon talk about summer workouts, the addition of Utah and Colorado to the conference and their reactions to the breaking news about Willy Lyles. Video courtesy of KVAL.

 Ted Miller and George Schroeder speculate on what the future holds with the advent of the Pac-12 conference.

Miller: There's more intrigue to come. Scott is hard at work creating a Pac-12 network, which could end up being more than just a cable TV station. A partnership with a tech company such as Apple or Google, as first reported by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, could be a game-changer, putting the conference at the forefront of the next generation of mobile broadcasting.

Schroeder: Though it’s finally official today, we’ve known for a year that Utah and Colorado were coming aboard. And after being stuck in ’78 for so many years, the league recently accelerated, trying to catch up with — and if Scott has anything to say about it, to pass — the rest of college sports.

 Ted Miller reports on the Yahoo interview with Willy Lyles that broke yesterday. The key statement being:

Lyles opened up in a wide-ranging interview, telling Yahoo! Oregon "paid for influence and access to players, not for scouting data" and that coach Chip Kelly "scrambled" to get Lyles to submit retroactive player profiles to justify the payment.

Doesn't sound good no matter how you spin it. Dale Newton expresses the sentiments a lot of us feel right now:

It was all so unnecessary.  Chip Kelly was a dynamic, innovative coach.  The Ducks had success, an exciting offense, fantastic facilities.  They were getting better and competing, making inroads with top talent, winning games. It's a grave embarrassment for a coach who didn't have to do this.  He could have succeeded on talent and drive and imagination.  He didn't need a pimp.

We can only hope that is just a minor bump in the road and maybe some lessons have been learned.


Friday, July 01, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

 Ted Miller notes that today is the first day the Pac-12 becomes official and looks back at the twelve best Pac-10 teams. Oregon has two entries in his list, at seventh and ninth.

7. 2001 Oregon: The Ducks finished 11-1 ranked No. 2 in both polls. The only loss was 49-42 vs. Stanford (a really, really weird game, if you recall). 

Best player: Quarterback Joey Harrington finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. 

Point differential: 412-256. 

Best win: A 38-16 win over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. 

Comment: The Fiesta Bowl victory caused plenty of folks to bemoan the Nebraska-Miami matchup in the BCS title game, considering Colorado had blown out Nebraska the final weekend of the regular season. As for the Stanford loss, the typically straight forward AP noted the game had "everything but aliens landing on the Autzen Stadium turf."

9. 2010 Oregon: The Ducks finished 12-1 and No. 3 in both polls, losing the national title game to Auburn. 

Best player: Running back LaMichael James finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. 

Point differential: 611-243 

Best win: The Ducks handed Stanford its only loss, 52-31, after trailing 21-3 early. Cardinal finished ranked No. 4. 

Comment: An innovative, exciting team to watch, one that played faster than perhaps any big-time college team in history.

 Joey Harrington was in the news more than once yesterday. He was also elected into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame for his performance against Texas in 2000.

Harrington and the Ducks defeated Texas 35-30 in 2000. Harrington threw for 273 yards and two TDs, ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass. He joined BYU's Steve Young in 1983 and Texas A&M's Bucky Richardson in 1990 as the only players to have a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game in Holiday Bowl history.

 Dale Newton intoduces incoming freshmen Sam Kamp out of Mountain View HS in Mesa, AZ. Kamp is a 6'4" 247 lbs. defensive linemen who runs a 4.82 forty.

Kamp has the raw material and the makeup to be a tremendous college football player.  There's a little bit of Nick Reed in him, but he's stronger than Reed, and likely to get stronger.  He's a smart athlete, a 3.3 student in the classroom.