Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley has your Monday practice update and KVAL shared the video of CK answering reporters questions regarding the closed practice. A comment from Rob follows.
Chip Kelly said intensity was good, and this was like any other Monday of a game week, though Oregon's schedule is a little different than usual. The Ducks actually began working on LSU-specific things Saturday and took Sunday off, so were in full pads today, which normally wouldn't happen until a Tuesday.
• Rob also notes the true freshmen who are likely to see action this year.
Which guys have the best chance of seeing the field for the Ducks this season? I've ranked them according to the likelihood I think they'll play in 2011, based as much on need as their own readiness. Note that Chip Kelly has already confirmed that De'Anthony Thomas and Colt Lyerla will see the field this season. [more here].
• Ted Miller has Oregon ranked #1 in his first Pac-12 power rankings of the season. Ted also notes that the stakes don't get much bigger for Oregon or the Pac-12.
• David Piper @ ATQ takes a first glance at the Oregon vs LSU matchup.
• Oregon doesn't plan on letting Cowboy Stadium become a distraction even though some of the biggest sporting events have been held there.
• Fresno State has been added to the 2012 football schedule while Montana State has been dropped. A replacement for Montana St. is in the works and details will be forthcoming.
• Dale Newton continues grading the offensive position players and looks at the running backs and again gives Oregon the advantage.
One place they [LSU] don't have an advantage? Running back. The Ducks return the Doak Walker Award winner in 1700-yard rusher LaMichael James, and backup Kenjon Barner is healthy now after running for 551 yards and 6 touchdowns in an injury-marred 2010 season. The Ducks also expect some fireworks from incoming freshman De'Anthony Thomas, who dazzled teammates and onlookers all through summer workouts and fall camp with his electrifying speed and open-field moves.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:54 AM