Monday, December 12, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Rob Moseley has your Sunday practice update and MaxWilliams247 provides the video of CK after practice.
"I've seen indications of a team that is a lot more focused about right now -- when we're not really into the Wisconsin prep -- than I have in a long time," defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. "And that's a lot of fun. That will overcome a lot of things."
• Rob also notes that a lot of the younger guys are getting more reps in practice with the extra time before the Rose Bowl.
Younger players are getting more reps, veterans say. Injured regulars are taking time to get healthy. The Jan. 2 matchup with Wisconsin looms, but there will be time ahead to focus more intently on the Badgers.
“Right now we’re letting a lot of the younger dudes get reps, get a feel for the defense,” linebacker Josh Kaddu said. “We’re getting back healthy right now.”
• Lindsay Schnell says the speech Darron Thomas gave to his team after the BCS game back in January set the tone for the 2011 season.
Thomas’ speech, Helfrich says, “redirected the momentum,” and signaled to Helfrich once again that Oregon’s roster is full of guys like Thomas — quiet motivators who find a way to win and set an example for younger players.
• Brian Libby at FishDuck.com wonders if LaMichael James will be remembered as the greatest Duck player ever after his college days are finished.
• Dale Newton says that both Wisconsin and Oregon look to make a move forward as a national program.
With a win over the Badgers, if they find a solution to their physical size, offensive talent and hard-hitting defense, the Ducks can shake their label as a team that can't match up to physical teams or elite schools or teams that have extra time to prepare.
It's time, as Nick Aliotti said in the interview room after the PAC-12 Championship Game, to win one of these darned things.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:50 AM