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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Rob Moseley continues postion reviews heading into fall camp with a look at the running backs.

The Ducks boast perhaps the premier 1-2 punch in the nation at tailback in juniors LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. The real intrigue this year will be seeing just how creative Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich get in designing sets that utilize them together.

 Aaron Fentress reviews the quarterbacks for the Ducks heading into fall camp.

Darron Thomas, who has changed his jersey number from 1 to 5, had arguably the best season ever for a Ducks quarterback in 2010. And he did it as a sophomore. Thomas combined the passing prowess of the Ducks' first spread-option quarterback, Kellen Clemens, with occasional slipperiness in the fashion of Dennis Dixon and Jeremiah Masoli. The results were 2,881 yards passing and 30 touchdowns with just nine interceptions to go along with 486 yards with five scores. What made Thomas' performance even more impressive was that he made key throws in the face of heavy pressure and while taking hits. "I think the one thing that I remarked and I said it a lot last year is that it almost seemed like every week he just got better and better," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "There are new facets to his game that he continues to work on."

 Former Oregon QB Joey Harrington remained in a Portland hospital a second night after being struck by a motorist as he was riding his bike in Portland. We wish you a speedy recovery Joey.

 Dale Newton will be participating in a podcast this afternoon at 4pm local time with SEC bloggers from LSU and Georgia, details here. They will be talking about The Cowboy Classic and the 2011 college football season.

 Rachael Bachman had a little Q&A time with the ESPN GamedDay crew Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews. When asked who would win the Pac-12 here is what Herbstreit had to say:

Oregon's the team to beat. I think even though they have a lot of distractions, when you have Darron Thomas and LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, just to name a few guys coming back.... I think their defense will be great. Do they stay hungry, I guess would be a question. They've been pretty darn good now for the last three years. Can they maintain that edge that they play with, and that attitude? They just kind of play angry. 

When you watch the two teams in warm-ups -- I don't care who they're playing -- you look at Oregon and you look down at the other end of the field, Chip always says, "Well, we lost another pregame." Oregon doesn't necessarily intimidate you. But they play with just a reckless-abandon attitude and they are so fast collectively.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Ha...we lost another pregame...that's funny!