Thursday, August 11, 2011
Duck Stuff Morning Mud
• Bryan Bennett talks with reporters about his backup QB role. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Rob Moseley posted this video as Chip Kelly answers reporters questions. Rob also has an accompaning article where he notes Eric Dungy, Josh Huff and Colt Lyerla had the plays of the day with their receiving skills.
• Chris Courtney has more updates on how things went for day three of fall camp.
On defense once again, redshirt freshman cornerback Terrance Mitchell had a whale of a day; coming up with interceptions and lockdown defense in a variety of team drills on Wednesday afternoon. More than any other day thus far, many of the interceptions were the result of tipped passes and deflections; disruption that Kelly credited mostly to the big men up front.
• Dale Newton comments on fall camp noting that Darron Thomas seems to be sharp.
Thomas has been crisp throwing the football over the first three days, hitting a variety of targets at all depths. His confidence and recognition have improved. He's worked on his delivery and mechanics and gained weight, now listed at 215. It's his team now, and more and more the coaches will put the game in his hands, relying on him to find the simplest and most effective options in Oregon's mult-read offense.
• Several Ducks have had noticeable weight gains as they reported back to fall camp.
• SRO tickets will be available starting Friday at 5:00 pm.
• Playing center for the Ducks is a key position on the offensive line and Hroniss Grasu hopes to make the most of his opportunities.
• Jeff Sagarin (computer ranking guru) has picked Oregon at #2 just behind Alabama.
• Kurt Liedtke takes us down Memory Lane as he recounts the Stanford vs Oregon game that set the stage for the 1994 Rose Bowl run.
• Dennis Dodd says the planets are aligned for the Oregon-LSU showdown.
LSU-Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to kick off the season has become more than one of those season-opening, neutral-field eyebrow raisers. It has become historic. According to college football historian Richard Billingsley, the game marks only the third time two top-five teams have opened the season on a neutral field.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:38 AM