Monday, September 12, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Chip Kelly talks about "injuries" after the game Saturday. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.
• The R-G was kind enough to share their Sunday edition stories online and have the following articles for your enjoyment; A nice win, a big answer — and in De’Anthony Thomas, what a freshman, Analysis: Three up, three down from Ducks-Wolf Pack, Spotlighting the key contributors on special teams, Redshirt decisions coming into focus through two games, Harris and Alonso’s work isn’t done, but suspensions are, Ducks rise one spot in AP poll, hold steady with coaches.
• Ted Miller gives a helmet sticker to Darron Thomas for his effort and Pac-12 QB's could put up huge numbers this year.
• Chip Kelly had some nice praise for certain members of the team during his weekly press conference last night. Rob Moseley has the story.
Offensively, the Ducks' player of the game after coaches reviewed film was Mark Asper, whose pancake block sprung De'Anthony Thomas on a 62-yard run to set up Oregon's second touchdown in the first quarter.
• Andy Mac said Darron Thomas had a rare performance against Nevada after digging through the record books.
Taking into account all games against FBS competition since 2005, where a QB attempted at least 15 passes - a sample size of thousands - Thomas' pass efficiency rating of 303.05 was the fourth-highest behind Mike Teel of Rutgers (314.03 vs. Louisville in 2008), Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan (303.73 vs. Buffalo in '06) and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen (303.66 vs. Nevada in '09).
• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Missouri State game.
• Dale Newton grades Oregon's effort against Nevada.
Only a fool or a hopeless grump grouses overly much about a 69-20 victory, but this is still a team with questions, holes, and problems. They will have to commit themselves to getting better every week, because the games get a lot harder at the end of the month. They are the target in a very competitive league. Arizona, Cal, Arizona State, Washington, Stanford and USC will all take their shot, and they all have better weapons and more depth and talent than Nevada. The Ducks can be a very good football team and finish among the top teams in the country, but only if they practice and prepare the way they have the last two years. One solid victory doesn't make a season. It only makes it more possible.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:45 AM