Friday, September 30, 2011
LaMichael James is an outstanding college football player. He's exciting to watch, runs with power, grace, intensity and flair. He's versatile and selfless. His career statistics and accomplishments match up against some of the greatest players in the history of the game. He has stated very firmly that he doesn't care about awards; he only cares about winning games. But if he can't win the Heisman Trophy, based upon some ill-concocted, sloppy preconception, they should stop giving the award.
• Kerry Eggers reflects on a night of celebration for the 2011 Oregon Sports Hall of Fame inductees.
• John Canzano has an interview with Rich Brooks (audio podcast) who was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame last night.
• Brian at FishDuck.com wonders what the next generation of Duck unis will look like.
• Ted Miller recalls the fake injuries Cal got busted for last year and talks with one of the Cal coaches. Ted closes his article with this:
Now Ducks fans, if a Cal player happens to get hurt next Thursday in Autzen Stadium, please don't automatically boo him. At least wait until you are 67 percent certain he's faking it.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:42 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Hot: Oregon's offensive line. Since struggling against LSU, the Ducks' O-line has surged. It's given up just one sack and the Ducks lead the Pac-12 and rank sixth in the nation with 299.5 yards rushing per game.
• Dale Newton wonders how important is a Heisman Tropy to Oregon's success?
One Heisman would make it easier to win the next one, and attract the next recruit who is capable of winning one. That's why it's important.
But if you stop winning games, the conversation turns to dust rather than bronze.
• A.J. Jacobson hands out midterm grades for the Oregon offense.
• Anne M. Peterson emphatically says "pfft" to the notion that LMJ is off to a slow start.
• Adam Jude catches up on some links around the web.
• FishDuck looks back at the Arizona game and breaks down a new play and notes the QB run play has been answered.
• My favorite podcast is going away and I'm sad to see Muchas G and Lord Beverage hang it up. Good luck to you both, you provided many hours of pure entertainment to a lot of us Duck fans.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:56 AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
James rushed for a school record 288 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the Ducks' win at Arizona. Trending? Up.
• Aaron Fentress is on the same page regarding LMJ and thinks it is about time to rev up the LMJ Heisman campaign.
• Bob Clark rates the Pac-12 and his power rankings have Oregon in first in the North and ASU at number one is the South.
• Dale Newton is hearing unsatisfied Duck fans complain about the defense and talking about how they miss the Gang Green or SEC style defense but Dale comes to this team's defense.
• Adam Jude has a transcript of CK's teleconference from yesterday afternoon.
• Keeerrrttt looks back at the first OT game in college football history which was a victory for Oregon over Fresno St.
• Ken Goe reports Rich Brooks heads this year's inductees to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
• Ted Miller notes that LMJ's NFL stock is on the rise.
James is on the NFL radar because of his speed and breakaway ability. His improvement catching the football, which gives more touches in space, will provide a significant boost to his draft status.
Further, as coach Chip Kelly often notes, James is more physical runner than most give him credit for. He gains a lot of yards between the tackles and rarely goes down on first contact.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:16 AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
• I had a couple of YouTube subscribers request this play due to the fact it was an amazing bit of improvisation. Nick Foles threw left-handed because Kiko Alonso had his right arm and Taylor Hart was coming fast. In the end it never mattered, the Ducks took care of business and won the game. The video quality isn't as good as most of my videos because I got the footage from ESPN3.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:37 AM
James, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, set school records with 288 rushing yards and 363 all-purpose yards in the Ducks' 56-31 win at Arizona. College football's reigning Doak Walker Award winner, who also scored a pair of touchdowns in the game, now leads the nation in rushing with 603 yards (153.25 avg.).
• Ted Miller has Oregon back where they belong, #1 in his weekly Pac-12 power ranking.
The Ducks move back to the top while Stanford was off because they were slightly more dominant at Arizona than the Cardinal, and the power rankings often rely on the transitive property.
• Ted Miller also has his weekly Pac-12 rewind where he names LMJ and Dion Jordan as the offensive and defensive standouts of the week.
• Dale Newton looks back at the Arizona game and answers the "loose defense" critics. (me included in that group...)
Until the Ducks recruit another Haloti Ngata and land a Jadaveon Clowney, they'll win football games with explosive offense. Winning by 25 on the road, it's reasonable to question the softness and passivity of the post 35-3 defense, but ultimately this was a total team win and a great way to begin conference play. They're right on schedule. Stuckey and Alonso had 19 tackles, Turner and Jordan combined for three sacks, and Cliff is back. Be happy and enjoy the bye week.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:36 AM
Monday, September 26, 2011
“Obviously with the talent we have at running back and the type of attack we run, we have to be able to run the ball for us to be successful,” Kelly said. “I like what we did but there’s still a lot of improvement to be made.”
• Rob Moseley also attended the teleconference and notes the following:
In his weekly postgame teleconference this afternoon, UO coach Chip Kelly called this "an improvement week," rather than an off week. For the Ducks, it will be back to basics.
"We go back to ball security, we go back to finishing blocks, we go back to tackling, we go back to one-on-one coverage," Kelly said.
• Oregon moved up to #9 on the AP poll and to #11 on the coaches poll.
• Ted Miller has his weekly "what we learned" piece ready and had some nice words for LMJ and Oregon.
Some wondered if Oregon running back LaMichael James and the Ducks' fancypants offense were in decline. Short answer: Nope. James rushed for a school-record 288 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns in the Ducks' 56-31 win at Arizona, a performance that should get him back on the Heisman Trophy radar. The Ducks led 35-9 at the half, but after they let Arizona back into the game -- the Wildcats closed to 35-24 -- they again shut the door with offensive fireworks. It was a potent road performance that sent a message that the Ducks are still contenders.
• Here are the Sunday edition stories from the Register Guard; George Schroeder: Fast, focused Ducks are winning the mind game, Barner returns, finds end zone and notebook, and Rob Mosley: LaMichael James, Ducks step out in style in win over Arizona.
• Adam Jude and Rob Moseley do a three up and three down analysis of the Arizona game.
• Steve at FishDuck.com has a note for the Pac-12, the Ducks are for real again.
• Dale Newton grades the Ducks vs Arizona. Dale starts his story with this:
This edition of the Oregon Ducks offense may be the best yet, for two reasons: they have fewer negative plays, with the offensive line developing some great consistency in pushing the pile and creating lanes, and they are better at getting out of a negative situations.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:20 AM
Sunday, September 25, 2011
• Chip Kelly, DT, Dion Jordan and John Boyett talk with reporters after the Ducks took care of business in Tuscon, 56-31. Video courtesy of Molly Blue and the Oregonian.
• John Canzano sums up the whole game in one paragraph and I must say, I agree with him.
Oregon beat Arizona 56-31 on Saturday. The Ducks were spectacular on offense, and unspectacular on defense. Arizona made it interesting by working Oregon's defense over in the second half and with Stoops performing a three-hour tantrum. But in the end, what you had to like most about the Ducks win was their killer-instinct offense.
• Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for LaMichael James.
• Here are some more links to game stories; Ken Goe focuses on LMJ's record night, ESPN compared LMJ to the Road Runner taking advantage of AZ's Wile E. Coyote, Jason Vondersmith likes the big win on the road for the Ducks but is worried about the defense, Steve Summers shares some stats and Ken Woody thinks the Ducks will need to get much better on defense to beat a quality team.
• I will have my highlight video ready later today on YouTube and will post it here as well. Stay tunes.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:14 AM
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The Ducks, after whipping Nevada and Missouri State over the past two weeks, were looking forward to something a big more meaningful.
“You want to win a Pac-12 championship and it starts this week,” Oregon offensive lineman Carson York said. “A loss this week and that makes that really difficult. We have to get off to a good start this week. We all know that.”
• Rob Moseley had some game day travel plans and provides links to some pre-game stories from around the country.
• Steve Duin shows the U of O a little love in this story.
Whatever your baggage, your colors, your fight song, it's hard not to root these days for the University of Oregon, given how few institutions in this timid state have similar ambition.
Those aspirations are most noticeable in the athletic department, where Phil Knight's money and marching orders have reshaped the track and football programs, rebuilt the athletic facilities and elevated UO to a national brand. ESPN's Colin Cowherd reported Thursday that only the University of Florida Gators are more popular than the Ducks among college-sports fans 17 years old and younger.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:05 PM
“What I saw this week was his best week ever,” [Nick] Aliotti said. “I don’t watch him every play like coach [John] Neal does, but I did notice a sense of urgency and a greater attention to detail. Without a doubt I really noticed that, which is good for him, and good for us.”
Can they count on him to keep it up? Only Harris can answer that, through his actions Saturday night in Arizona and beyond.
• Ted Miller asks "did you know" and has this regarding LMJ.
Oregon running back LaMichael James had two touchdown runs of 50-plus yards last week against Missouri State, continuing his success at breaking long runs. James now has 11 rushes of 50 yards or longer since the start of the 2009 season, the most by any FBS player. James also has 39 runs of 20-plus yards, also most among FBS players.
• David Lieberman has a good Q&A with Eric Dungy.
• Dale Newton believes there is a hidden danger posed by Arizona during a night game on the road and offers his keys to the game.
• BenzDuck brings you today in Duck history and includes some memorable photos with his story.
• Josh at FishDuck.com previews today's game and predicts a big Oregon victory.
• Prediction time. Rob Moseley has his prediction as well as some others from the media. Everyone picks Oregon but the margin of victory varies a great deal. Dale Newton predicts an Oregon victory 46-24. I like the Ducks by 10, winning 36-26.
• George Schroeder has a great story about how special a father-son relationship can be when you are both a fan of the same team.
What was the best, most fun part of our day at Autzen? Was it the new cap? The pizza?
“That 90-yard run by LaMichael James,” he reports. “That was just amazing.”
As James reached the end zone, the guy next to us turned and high-fived my son. Then my son turned to me, and put up his hand.
Years from now, who knows how much he will remember about Saturday. Could be, he’ll recall the Ducks won big. Perhaps he’ll remember LaMichael’s long run, and how the stadium exploded in the moment. Maybe he’ll remember our high-five.
I know I will.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:45 AM
Friday, September 23, 2011
• Isaac Remington, Hroniss Grasu and Darron Thomas talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247.
• Keeerrrttt talks everything Duck football and his favorite music of the week in episode ten of his Vlog.
• Rob Moseley talks with Kenjon Barner after practice yesterday.
• Ted Miller does his "what to watch for" segment on week four. He had this to say about Oregon.
After losing to LSU in Cowboys Stadium, which inspired many national pundits to write Oregon off, the Ducks quietly rolled up a pair of dominant wins at home against inferior foes. But now Oregon opens the Pac-12 schedule on ESPN2 with a chance to make a statement: "We're still here." If the Ducks can match -- or eclipse -- Stanford's impressive 37-10 win in Tucson last weekend, they likely will hush some of the doubters.
• Ken Goe advises the Ducks to expect the unexpected.
• Will Cliff Harris see some action? Bob Rickert thinks so, and maybe even take one to the house.
• Time for some predictions. Jason Vondersmith likes the Ducks 45-34. Ted Miller is predicting a 44-28 Oregon victory.
• Lindsay Schnell wonders if the 2009 Oregon-Arizona game was a turning point for the Oregon program and asked a couple of running backs that same question.
Running backs Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James said Kelly has never pointed to one particular game as the moment when Oregon finally broke through. Instead, both believe it starts with the little things every day, like practicing the right way.
“We go back to summer workouts, spring workouts, winter workouts — that tells us who we are as a team and what we’re about,” Barner said.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice update and has an injury report and a guess at the travel squad. The CK video is courtesy of MaxWilliams247.
• Lindsay Schnell asked CK a question about the running game after practice and he had this response:
“Obviously you’ve got to try to be balanced and I’m sure they’re going to try to run the ball against us,” Kelly said. “In this league you can’t go into any game and say, ‘Hey, we’ll just stop this (the passing game) and I think we’ve got a shot.’ We have to be sound in our attack in terms of we defend that run game.”
• Chris Courtney lists three keys for an Oregon victory.
• Ted Miller believes Oregon wants to become road warriors.
• Adam Jude and Ken Goe talk about the Wildcat passing attack.
• Dion Jordan is looking forward to going home to play on Saturday.
• Keeerrrttt looks at the history of the Michigan series and provides some memorable moments no true Duck fan will forget.
• Dale Newton lists the five best developments in a new season of Duck football.
Chip Kelly's teams won two straight conference championships because they kept getting better...We'll know in a few weeks if this team has that kind of leadership and staying power. But one thing is certain, even after three games. There are several encouraging signs that indicate this group is on schedule to be the best of the three...click here to ready the rest of Dale's story...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice update where he talks about the depth chart and provides comments on CK's teleconference. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Aaron Fentress notes the Ducks are riding a swelling momentum going into Pac-12 play but will it be enough to overcome the Wildcats at home?
But in the grand scheme of things, the victories didn’t offer much in the way of gauging where the Ducks are as a team. The wins did, however, give Oregon a chance to address deficiencies exposed by LSU.
“We’ve gained a lot,” UO offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. “I think some of our young guys have gained some confidence. I think we’ve gained, just, our mojo back a little bit just in terms how we go about things.”
• Adam Jude wonders if David Paulson is worried about his lack of production the last two games.
• Jon Wilner reports the Pac-12 will not expand at this time. Good news IMO.
• Ted Miller has some interesting Pac-12 stats to review and Oregon makes the list is several categories.
• Lindsay Schnell reports Mike Stoops is a little worried about the Ducks' speed.
• GoDucks.com has the week 4 football release ready and it will give you everything you need to know regarding the match up with Arizona.
• Dale Newton wonders if it will be Duck Soup or a tasty helping of Wildcat stew?
Arizona is one of the toughest places in the conference to be the road team, particularly at night with a loud, vocal, enthusiastic and well-lubricated crowd...the best way to quiet them is to jump out to a lead and control the tempo of the game, A fast start and a couple of big plays, combined with a three and out or two, would be just the script for this Mike Stoops death watch melodrama...
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• DT, David Paulson, Mark Helfrich and Lavasier Tuinei recall experiences from the Arizona game in 2009 and talk about preparations for the game this week. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Ready for a little motivation? Here is the latest from OregonGridiron.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:51 AM
• FishDuck breaks down a few interesting plays from the Missouri St. game in this report.
• Rob Moseley and Aaron Fentress were on hand as the Ducks emerged from the closed practice in the Mo Center yesterday, Kenjon Barner and John Boyett appeared healthy and without limps as they left.
Good news indeed, especially Boyett, the D needs all the able bodies we can get as they remain the biggest question mark heading into conference play.
• Rob Moseley is also a little concerned with the defensive unit.
• Ted Miller has his week four power ranking ready and we find Oregon in the familiar second spot behind Stanford.
The Ducks did what they needed to do: Completely outclass Missouri State in a fairly entertaining -- "Wow, did you see that!" -- way.
• Ken Goe reminds everyone that playing Arizona at home is going to be no gimme.
• Dale Newton keeps up with Oregon recruits and prospects as they wrestle with their HS seasons.
Monday, September 19, 2011
• Tom Ward, Nick Krupke and special guest, former Oregon RB Andiel Brown, talk about Oregon's win on Inside the Pac.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:30 AM
Adam: "Every game we've played (against Arizona) since I've been here has ben a nail-biter, and we're preparing for that this week," UO coach Chip Kelly said in a conference call with reporters. "For whatever reason, both teams match up well against each other. They've been epic games where you trade shots and see who's standing at the end."
Lindsay: Kelly and his staff said on Saturday after the Ducks’ blowout win over Missouri State that they were eager to hurry home to catch Arizona hosting Stanford. A close game at halftime turned into an easy 37-10 win for the Cardinal, as Mike Stoops & Co. dropped their second game in a row.
• Oregon moved up to #10 in the AP poll and climbed one spot to #13 in the coaches poll.
• Jon Wilner has the latest on expansion rumors with Texas and Oklahoma.
• The R-G shares feature stories from yesterday's paper on the Missouri St. game; LMJ ties the record for career TD's, defense has to work without Clay or Boyett who were injured, Vaughn's summer route work is paying dividends on the field, and Ken Woody breaks down the game.
• Dale Newton grades the Mo St. game and liked just about everything except the D-line play.
...the defensive line did show signs of progress, a sack by Isaac Remington, a stuff by Taylor Hart, penetrations by Dion Jordan. Ricky Heimuli stuffed a running play cold in the middle, shedding the blocker. They just need to make more plays, and prove the can stop the potent offenses of the PAC-12, beginning with Nick Foles and the Wildcats.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
• Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from yesterday's game against Missouri St.
Posted by Mike Wines at 2:06 PM
• Chip Kelly, Nick Aliotti, Mark Asper, Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, Dewitt Stuckey, Lavasier Tuinei, Rashaan Vaughn and Terrell Turner talk with reporters after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL. The video does drop out for a few minutes during the CK interview...FYI.
• Keeerrrttt1 has his ninth Vlog episode posted and talks about his road trip to the Nevada game.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:24 AM
• KVAL reporter Nick Krupke brings you some highlights from yesterday's big 56-7 win over Missouri St.
• Here are the game stories from all the various bloggers and pundits; Adam Jude says Oregon got their money's worth, Steve Summers thinks Oregon grew, Chris Courtney has some nice words for LMJ, Ken Goe thought DT had an excellent game and never looked better, Dale Newton believes DT and the receivers looked sharp, and Steve at FishDuck.com says this is still LMJ's team.
• The Oregon Daily Emerald and the Oregonian bring you gameday pictures.
• We all knew it was coming, Oregon received an official Notice of Inquiry from the NCAA yesterday.
• Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for LaMichael.
The Ducks running back rushed for 204 yards on 12 carries with three TDs with a long of 90 yards, which obscured a 50-yard TD run. Hey, it was during a 56-7 win over Missouri State, but still... a 50 and 90 yard run?
• I will have my highlight video ready later today so stay tuned. Subscribe via the YouTube button on the right side-bar or visit my channel page at YouTube.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:40 AM
Saturday, September 17, 2011
• Rob Moseley has a little Q&A time with redshirt freshman center Hroniss Grasu.
“He’s done a great job out there, obviously gotten better,” sophomore defensive tackle Taylor Hart said. “He’s become that leader that the center needs to be, more confident. You can hear him making his point calls and stuff. He’s definitely developed more as a player.”
• Takimoto over at ATQ has the top ten things to look for to determine if Oregon is making progress.
• Ken Goe reports that Brandon Hanna and Carson York have been friends for almost forever.
• Ted Miller asks "did you know?" and has a couple pertaining to Oregon.
Oregon is a perfect 14-0 at home under head coach Chip Kelly. Missouri State has lost nine straight road games.
Oregon has outscored its last four FCS opponents by 186 points (212-26) including a 69-0 win over Portland State last season.
Ducks QB Darron Thomas has seven TD passes in the Ducks' first two games of the season (tied for most in FBS).
• Andy Mac advises the game today should have ideal conditions for fans in the stands.
• George Schroeder advises to get used to FCS teams during non-conference games.
• Josh at FishDuck.com has a Q&A with a Missouri St. blogger.
• Wade Evanson thinks they might be shooting a movie at Autzen today (sarcasm.)
• Lindsay Schnell has a prediction for the game today, a rout...79-0 Ducks.
• Dale Newton also like the Ducks 79-0.
This isn't a James Madison or Appalachian State looming for an upset. The Missouri State Bears, while brave for coming west to collect their pay day, are the dregs of the Missouri Valley conference. They don't have the depth or talent to beat a BCS team, let alone one of the best in the country.
• I like the Ducks winning by 50 and giving up fewer yards and points than they did last week.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:10 AM
Friday, September 16, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice update and KVAL supplies the video of CK and DT after practice.
• Lindsay Schnell was also on hand after practice and adds her comments.
On the injury front, running back Kenjon Barner seems to be feeling a little bit better. Barner, who hurt his ankle against LSU and did not play against Nevada last week, got pushed into the post-practice ice bath by a teammate, then popped up and ran around shrieking, "It's cold! It's cold!" with a big smile on his face. As one astute reader on Twitter points out, better Barner be saying, "It's cold!" than, "Ouch, my ankle!"
• Adam Jude reminds us there is a big pay day waiting for Missouri State.
Barring a monumental upset on Saturday, the payoff for Missouri State’s first trip to Autzen Stadium will not come on the scoreboard.
No, the bottom line for the Bears is ... well, it’s the bottom line. And they’re making no bones about it.
“We need the money,” Missouri State coach Terry Allen said.
• Ted Miller figures the Ducks will win big.
Oregon 80, Missouri State 2: Chip Kelly will be unhappy with the shotgun snap from the backup center that costs the Ducks a shutout. (just a reminder to Dave....your weekly story going to be ready?)
• Carson York is a force on and off the field. Good story by Ken Goe.
"I think he is awesome," Kelly said. "He is well-spoken, well thought out. When we have team meetings, or sometimes just sit around and talk to our squad leaders, some of the things that come out of his mouth, his perspective on things – there is a maturity to him."
• Dale Newton believes the Ducks have plenty of work left to do on Saturday.
On Saturday, look for crispness and precision from Oregon's lines. Look for execution, and signs they're committed to getting better. Hopefully no one gets their arm in a sling from patting themselves on the back, because much bigger challenges are immediately ahead.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:47 AM
Thursday, September 15, 2011
• Rob Moseley talked with CK after practice yesterday on preparations for the game against Missouri St.
• Ken Goe was also on hand after practice finished and has these notes.
I would be surprised if Barner, Huff or linebacker Michael Clay (left ankle) played Saturday when the No. 12 Ducks (1-1) entertain FCS Missouri State (0-2) at 12:30 p.m. in Autzen Stadium.
• Lindsay Schnell notes that Rahsaan Vaughn wants to be the next big receiver for Oregon.
When Oregon receivers coach Scott Frost first watched tape of Vaughn, he was struck by how hard the sophomore was practicing.
"Coach Frost said 'If you come up here and practice like this we can make something happen with you,'" Vaughn recalled.
• Looks like Kiko Alonso will see more action this week with Michael Clay presumably sidelined with an injury.
• Chip Kelly believes the best is yet to come for freshman TE Colt Lyerla.
• The playbook opened up against Nevada and probably will against Missouri St. this weekend.
• Dale Newton advises to be wary of Missouri St., they will be a formidable opponent.
• De'Anthony Thomas is making a splash on the football field and CK agrees.
This week, Kelly told reporters on the weekly Pac-12 coaches conference call that he’s impressed with his emerging star.
“Very talented young man,” Kelly said, “very smart football player.”
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:33 AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice update and KVAL provides the video of CK's press conference. Rob also notes that "noise makers" won't be allowed at Autzen anymore.
• Steve Summers comments on CK's press conference and thinks Saturday's game against Missouri St. is somewhat like the Varsity playing against the JV squad.
• GoDucks.com has their weekly football release ready for the Missouri St. game. Everything you need to know about the upcoming home game in one place.
• Ted Miller has a list of the Pac-12 players in the NFL which includes 21 former Ducks.
• John Canzano talks with former Oregon kicker Jared Siegel and shares the audio from his radio show. As much as I sometimes rag on Canzano I do enjoy these radio shows with former and current Oregon players.
• Dale Newton over at FishDuck.com has some quick notes and observations on the Ducks after two games and thinks they should invlove David Paulson more than they have been.
The Ducks have to get David Paulson involved more. He’s not quite up to Ed Dickson milk carton status, but DT has to find him over the middle more often–it stretches the defense in one more way, and Paulson is one of the most reliable targets in anybody’s offense.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
• Boseko Lokombo, Gary Campbell, Dion Jordan and John Boyett talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• OregonGridiron shares their motivational video for the game last week.
• FishDuck sees a couple of new wrinkles in the Nevada game and breaks down how the plays develop.
• Keeerrrttt1 shares episode 8 of his Vlog, and talks all things Duck.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:58 AM
• Ken Goe was waiting for CK after practice but the coach was not available to take questions. DT was and answered reporters questions. Video courtesy of KVAL. Really liked DT's confidence in the video, "I'm going to break it"...good stuff...
• Ted Miller has Oregon at #2 in his Pac-12 power rankings.
• Rob Moseley figures youth will be served again this week as Oregon takes on Missouri St.
The 12th-ranked Ducks (1-1) were delving deep into their depth chart late in Saturday’s 69-20 win over Nevada in Autzen Stadium. During a break in the action, bewilderment registered in the body language of the UO players on the field, and the coaching staff chuckled upon realizing what was up.
“Our guys didn’t know what a TV timeout was,” offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said. “Every single guy in the huddle had never been in that situation before.”
• Michael Clay, the star for the defense (IMO) on Saturday, will likely miss the next game and probably beyond that from the sounds of things. Who will step up?
• Twitter was afire yesterday with outrage over comments made by Pac-12 consultant Mike Pereira that Oregon players flashing the "O" were somehow being unsportsmanlike. Sounds like he might be back pedaling according to Rob Moseley.
• Takimoto at ATQ takes a first glance at our next opponent, Missouri St.
There's no sugar coating it, this is a paycheck game. Missouri State is coming into Autzen to lose by a lot, and get paid to do it. The nature of the beast in college football is that lower-tier teams need games like this to sustain their program. It doesn't make for very exciting football, but it keeps athletic departments in business.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:55 AM
Monday, September 12, 2011
• Tom Ward, Nick Krupke and former Oregon punter Kurtis Doerr host Inside the Pac and discuss Oregon's big win.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:50 AM
• 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
Sunday, September 11, 2011
• Nick Krupke takes a look at the Oregon victory on KVAL news yesterday evening.
• Oregon scorched the Wolfpack as the fans were roasting in the stands yesterday, 69-20. Nice to get back on track even if it was at the expense of an over matched Nevada team. Video from ESPN.
• Game stories galore from; Rob Moseley, Ken Goe, Chris Courtney, Steve Summers, Ken Woody, Steve at FishDuck.com and GoDucks.com.
• I will have my usual game highlights video available on YouTube later today, stay subscribed to be notified automatically.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:32 AM
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Nevada isn't LSU, we're one game into a long season, and Kelly isn't stupid.
The offense should be back in synch this week, the conference title still is in play, and Kelly has several months to tinker with his Xs and Os before the Ducks play another top-shelf, nonconference opponent.
• Dale Newton highlights his keys to the game.
If this game and the next (against SW Missouri State next Saturday, also home at Autzen) go the way they should, Oregon's coaches and fans will be able to get an extended look at younger, promising players in the Duck rotation. Lyerla should have his first catch, the Momba his first big run. Ek, Dargan, Malone, Ebert, Hardrick, Wallace, Coleman, and Fisher may get a chunk of snaps to show what they can do. Eric Dungy might get his first career catch. But the most anticipated debut? Bryan Bennett, the redshirt freshman quarterback, who vows visitors to practice with tight spirals and his quickness around the corner. The future of Oregon football could be on display by midway through the third quarter, and attentive fans will enjoy how bright it truly is. As wonderful a ride as the last three years have been, the next three could be unprecedented and glorious: a smart coach, talented players, and the loudest, most enthusiastic and best informed fans east of Birmingham.
• Adam Jude has a good story on De'Anthony Thomas who might be building a new legend at Oregon.
Ask those closest to him, and they say the enormous hype doesn’t define De’Anthony Thomas.
“Real humble kid. Very humble,” said Robert Garrett, Thomas’ coach at Crenshaw High School. “You never see him boast or brag or none of that flashy stuff. He’s real humble and grateful for the opportunity, and you don’t see that often with a kid with those (athletic) attributes.”
• The receivers need to step it up a notch against Nevada.
• Kiko Alonso will make a much anticipated return to the Oregon defense today.
• Rob Moseley has a Q&A with LB Josh Kaddu.
• ATQ has a Q&A with a Nevada blogger.
• John Canzano talks with Terrell Turner about the LSU game and today's game. Audio podcast here.
• Andy Mac warns that it will be hot tomorrow. Plenty of sunscreen and staying well "hydrated" will be a must.
• Nate Costa won't be keeping his new job as a Springfield police officer due to his knees, the same issue that hindered his Oregon career. Good luck with any new ventures Nate!
• Wade Evanson has a little tough love for the coaches.
I don’t know what’s up with the play-calling, but continually running into the heart of the line, throwing 4-yard-outs on 3rd and 12, and failing to get your speed outside the tackles is “Losing 101” for this Oregon team. What happened to the creativity?
• Josh over at FishDuck.com looks at the game today and has the Ducks winning by 32.
• Dale Newton offers his prediction for the game today and has the Ducks winning by 35.
• Rob Moseley predicts a 32 point win for the Ducks.
• Personally, I am going to be a bit more conservative and predict a victory for the Ducks, 38 - 17.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:18 AM