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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
 Everybody is getting in on the positional review action and Matt Daddy at ATQ doesn't want to be left out so he takes a look at the defense.

Oregon's defense had a spectacular 2010 campaign. Experience, leadership, speed, size, versatility and depth all describe what we saw. While there might be player turnover in each of the defensive units this year, one of the great things about the defense on a whole has been the consistency of the coaches. Read the rest of the article here.

 Rob Moseley reviews the receivers and tight ends heading into fall camp.

This will be the most intriguing position to watch once fall camp begins. At other spots where the Ducks lost big-time seniors, like the offensive and defensive lines and linebacker, there are several candidates on hand to fill those jobs, and particularly on defense, who starts won't be as important as who all makes the larger playing rotation. But at receiver, Oregon needs a couple of guys to step up in a major way in August, whether it's veterans showing major development from the spring or newcomers showing they're ready to contribute right away. Rest of the story is here.

 Aaron Fentress reviews the running backs as fall camp gets ready to start.

The beauty of the spread-option is that it requires fewer blockers at the point of attack to spring a running back into the open field than pro-style attacks. The system is perfect for James and Barner, both of which lack the bulk to pound inside over and over but have track speed to get wide and vertical in a heartbeat to blow past the defenders. 

Nobody has done that better than James, who in a handful of carries against LSU on Sept. 3 should become the program's all-time leading rusher. He needs just 20 yards to surpass Derek Loville (3,296).


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Man we come!