Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley has your Tuesday update and provides the Chip Kelly press conference video.
Defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli left the Mo on crutches, and what looked like a boot on his lower leg; he left the Mo from a side exit, a ways down from where we conduct post-practice interviews, so it was tough to see much beyond that. But three players who missed the Colorado game -- safety Eddie Pleasant (ankle), safety Brian Jackson (knee) and end Tony Washington (elbow) -- all suited up today, with various protective measures on their injured body parts.
• Steve Summers also covered the press conference and noted that CK had some nice comments regarding the defense.
Kelly believes that his defense has improved and one of the reasons is because of using so many players and the coach thinks the players understand the concept of using 22 to 25 players on defense per game. According to Kelly the players believe that “if you work hard and do what you have to do, you will find your way onto the field.”
• LMJ says he is bored on the sideline and is ready to play.
Asked if he has full range of motion yet, James smiled and said, “I have enough.”
• GoDucks.com has their weekly football release ready for your perusal. Learn all there is to know about the matchup with WSU.
• Dale Newton believes that several young DB's will likely see more playing time this Saturday and beyond.
• Ken Goe notes depth is one part of what makes the Ducks imposing for any team.
“We don’t really have any backups,” Kelly said. “We have rotations. And with that, I think it gets a lot more guys involved. It helps. The more people you can have contributing, the better off the chemistry and attitude of the team is.”
• The no-return policy for the Ducks' pin-'em back punt coverage finds Oregon ranked number one in the nation in net punting. Rob Moseley has the story.
Oregon’s proficiency starts with the consistency of snapper Drew Howell and the power of Rice’s leg, which averaged 54 yards per punt at Colorado. Protecting Rice have been defensive standouts such as Eddie Pleasant, Kiko Alonso, Josh Kaddu and Dion Jordan, and superb coverage downfield has been supplied by running backs De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner along with cornerbacks Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Troy Hill and Terrance Mitchell.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:38 AM