Saturday, December 31, 2011
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Chip Kelly talks with Mike Jorgensen of OSN about the 2011 season and the Rose Bowl and then LaMichael James talks with reporters at the media day event yesterday.
• Dan Rubenstein of The Solid Verbal show talks with CBS Sport's Bruce Feldman about the matchup of Oregon and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. (audio podcast)
• Steve Summers recaps the media day event with select player and coaches comments.
• The ODE crew got some great photos at the media day event and at the practice field yesterday.
• Rob Moseley wonders if LaMichael James will get one of his "signature plays" in the Rose Bowl, something he hasn't had in the two previous postseason games.
What he would like to do, though, is cap this season with a big moment worthy of remembering. Because so far, his career lacks a defining postseason highlight.
Even James doesn’t argue that. “Not at all,” he said. “I’ve got to win one.”
• Rob Moseley has two more stories of interest. The Ducks are as healthy as can be expected for this time of year and the scout team is doing their best to emulate Wisconsin in practice.
• Lucas Clark reports Oregon would like to have a fast, physical start against the Badgers.
Oregon’s biggest catalyst in establishing offensive tempo remains in the hands of redshirt junior running back LaMichael James.
The key, he said, will be sustaining drives in the opening quarter, particularly in facing a Badgers offense that tries to dominate the time of possession.
• Aaron Fentress notes that Oregon's three freshmen cornerbacks will likely play a huge role in the final outcome of the Rose Bowl.
“This is what you live for,” Troy Hill said. “This is why I came here. I knew we were going to be in these big games. As a competitor, that’s what you want to do. You want to play against the best, you want to be considered the best. These are the types of games that make you the best.”
• Lindsay Schnell thinks De'Anthony Thomas could be the x-factor for the Ducks and his teammates agree.
"He's so exciting, you just want to watch him," Darron Thomas said. "That's why he's special. A lot of guys can't do what he does."
Barner agrees. "If you don't know where De'Anthony is," Barner said, "you're in for some trouble."
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:21 AM