Monday, October 31, 2011
• KVAL shares their Inside the Pac show for week nine. Former Oregon Punter (1968-70), Washington State assistant coach and Mr. X's and O's from the Register-Guard, Ken Woody joins Tom Ward and Nick Krupke for this edition.
• Rob Moseley and Adam Jude talk about the WSU game from the press box in their Postgame Brew segment.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:22 AM
Among the Ducks' highlights against WSU, Kelly said of De'Anthony Thomas' brilliant touchdown on a screen pass that "a lot of people are still spinning on that one," and that Darron Thomas' scrambling touchdown pass to Lavasier Tuinei before being drilled by a defender "kind of typifies his career here at Oregon."
"He finds a way to get it done," Kelly said.
Rob also supplies the links to the R-G's print edition stories covering the game.
• Lindsay Schnell also participated in the CK teleconference and noted this comment regarding the upcoming game against Washington.
“I don’t know about the rest of the guys we’re playing but we’re playing Price this week and he’s thrown 23 touchdown passes,” Kelly said. “He’s a guy you’re going to have to contain because he can run, too. He presents a little different than other guys. We’re going to have to be disciplined in our rush lanes but also make sure we don’t let him escape.”
• Oregon slipped one spot to #8 in the BCS poll but moved up one spot to #6 in the AP.
• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the game with the Dawgs.
• Wade Evanson does a nice job in his story about Cliff Harris, an All-American tale.
I hope Cliff Harris is cleared of his most recent wrongdoing, earns back Chip Kelly’s trust and finds a way to contribute in a positive way to this year’s team’s success. I also hope that he has someone in his life willing and able to explain to him that what may be in his best interest is to clean up his act, work his butt off on the field and in the classroom, and return for his senior season, perform at the level we know he’s capable of and resurrect his NFL stock to or higher than a level most know he’s capable of.
But that’s out of our control.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:04 AM
Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from yesterday's game against Washington State. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won't miss any new videos.
Posted by Mike Wines at 2:19 PM
• LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, Kenjon Barner, Eddie Pleasant, Terrance Mitchell, Bryan Bennett and DAT talk with reporters after the game. Video courtesy of KVAL and Rob Moseley.
• I'll have a highlight video posted later today so stay tuned.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:03 AM
• KVAL recaps the 43-28 win over WSU yesterday.
Coach Chip Kelly said he felt backup Bryan Bennett gave the Ducks the best chance when they embarked on the second half with only a 15-10 lead.
• Here are some links to game recap stories from around the web. Steve Summers called it a grind but it's a win, Ken Goe believes Byran Bennett and DAT came to the rescue, Jason Vondersmith liked the red-zone defense, Ken Woody and Patrick Malee give credit to the special teams and Bennett, Stephanie Yao Long and Nate Barrett share their photos, and ESPN along with GoDucks.com have their articles.
• Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Eddie Pleasant.
The Ducks safety had six tackles, a sack and an interception in the 43-28 win over Washington State.
• John Canzano likes Oregon's chances against Stanford, or anybody for that matter.
Stanford can't beat Oregon. Neither can USC. I doubt anyone outside of LSU could do it this season. Not unless Oregon shows up a quarter late or turns the ball over four times. And so seeing Stanford-USC was the sort of game that makes you hope the Ducks find a way to get back to a national title game.
• Terrance Mitchell and Eddie Pleasant were glad to finally get an interception.
“I’ve just been itching (for an interception),” said Mitchell, who returned the pick 36 yards. “Coach told me the first one’s always the hardest. Now it’s out of the way, I’ve got to come back and make more plays. We’ve got a nice three solid teams coming up, and I’m going to get more opportunities.”
Minutes later, Eddie Pleasant also grabbed his first interception of the season. Combine two picks with three sacks, and it looks like the Ducks defense might be getting back to its old ways.
“We’re just now starting to click,” Mitchell said. “I really feel that in the locker room.”
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:40 AM
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:21 PM
Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. Colorado 2011 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.
• Fowlplay2010 shares his fan perspective video from the Colorado game. Always does a great job with these.
• Keeerrrttt1 brings you episode 15 of his Vlog and talks about: Colorado game recap, horrible announcers, WSU preview, Fishduck update, and a music recommendation.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:39 AM
• Rob Moseley has a nice story on the friendship between Carson York and Brandon Hanna, friends since preschool.
“We were just little kids once, doing stuff you can’t write about in the newspaper, experiencing all of life’s firsts together,” York said. “Now we’re grown men and have grown-men lives — or at least the beginnings of them.”
• You might want to include a rain jacket if you're going to Autzen today, there is a chance of rain in the forecast.
• Time again for some Q&A's. Adam Jude has one with Bryan Bennett and Patrick Malee catches up with Boseko Lokombo.
• Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"
Oregon has scored 30 or more points in each of its past 25 home games. That is the longest streak in the AP Poll era (since 1936) and one of two active streaks longer than 20 games (TCU, 24 straight). No other team in the AP Poll era has had a streak of at least 20 such games. This week’s opponent Washington State allows 30.4 PPG this season. The next longest such streak after Oregon and TCU? Oklahoma (19 games from 2006-09).
• If you hadn't noticed Jackson Rice is having a stellar season punting, Lucas Clark has the story.
“And we say all the time, ‘Fair catches win games,’” [Tom] Osborne said. “When a guy punts a ball and a guy fair catches it, the crowd gets up and gets a Coke and the TV guys say, ‘We’re breaking to a commercial’ — nobody cares. (But) that wins you games.”
• Oregon picked up another commit for the 2012 class. Liberty (Hillsboro, Ore.) LB Brett Bafaro, 6-foot-2, 225 pound, 4-star rated LB.
• Cliff Harris had his driver's license reinstated yesterday.
• Dale Newton has the keys to the game.
Seize your one chance, don't let Lobbestael be a passing fancy and no matter who's throwing, the Ducks must refine their counterpunch.
• Rob Moseley predicts a final outcome of Oregon 66 - WSU 13. Personally I will go with a 55 - 17 Duck victory.
• David Lieberman believes that DAT is making a fool of USC.
Most journalists and fans said the proverbial torch was passed between the two programs last season when Oregon went to the Coliseum and handed Matt Barkley and Co. a 53-32 drubbing. If that game signaled a nail in USC’s coffin, De’Anthony Thomas has pounded it through the heart of Trojan Nation with a sledgehammer this season.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:33 AM
Friday, October 28, 2011
Rob: Chip Kelly said he's been happy with the week of preparation so far, and saw good focus Thursday, which is what he's looking for out of that workout.
He said there's still no change in the status of Cliff Harris in his eyes.
Ken: Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas jogged out of Oregon's closed practice Thursday in Autzen Stadium.
He was wearing a brace on the injured left knee that kept him out of last week's game at Colorado. But I expect him to start Saturday when No. 7 Oregon (6-1, 4-0) plays Washington State (3-4, 1-3) at noon in Autzen.
• Do you have an Oregon season ticket and would you like tickets to a possible inaugural Pac-12 Championship game? Sounds like you'll get a ticket but maybe not in your regular seat.
• Tennessee Tech confirms they will be coming to town for a non-conference game at Autzen next year.
• David Melo at FishDuck.com opens the history book and looks at Oregon's improbable win over undefeated WSU at Pullman in 2001.
• John Canzano notes the future looks good in the hands of Bryan Bennett and DAT.
Consider that with injuries to Thomas and LaMichael James we've had a chance to see De'Anthony Thomas and Bennett zig-zag around the field as if it were a Tecmo Bowl game. There's Tra Carson, too. Wow. And even as Oregon is 6-1 and in the running for a Bowl Championship Series berth, these guys make you think that what the Ducks have is sustainable.
• Ted Miller advises of what to watch for in the Pac-12 this week and includes this tidbit on Oregon:
Oregon is probably not going to have much trouble with Washington State at home on Saturday, though, of course, you never know. The big issue will be whether quarterback Darron Thomas or running back LaMichael James play.
It's not really about how much they play or even how effective they are. It's more about them being ready to go for a crucial two-game road trip: at Washington on Nov. 5 and at Stanford on Nov. 12. Those are games when the Ducks will want -- need? -- to be at full strength.
• Here come the predictions for the WSU game. Ted Miller and Jason Vondersmith both predict an easy Oregon victory.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:40 AM
Thursday, October 27, 2011
• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247.
• ODE presents their Sports Desk show and talk about the upcoming WSU game.
• OregonGridiron provides their highlight video of the Colorado game.
• Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice update and provided the video of DT after practice.
On the injury front, Darron Thomas walked out in pads, and LaMichael James walked out carrying a helmet and shoulder pads, which I've seen him do at least one other time the last couple weeks.
• Chris Courtney provides three keys to the game against WSU. 1. Keep the Bennett bandwagon rolling, 2. Don't overlook Lobbestael and 3. Stay out of the tub.
• Rob Moseley reports Cliff Harris intends to fight his recent traffic violations and his driving suspension could be lifted as early as today.
• Lindsay Schnell thinks LMJ just might be a more of a vocal leader than he would have you believe. Perhaps you noticed James gathering his teammates around him before the Colorado game.
He gave what we have come to understand was one heckuva pep talk. Running backs coach Gary Campbell said it was inspiring for both players, and for him, when you consider how far James has come.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
• 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
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
• John Boyett, David Paulson, Lavasier Tuinei and Nick Aliotti talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL and MaxWilliams247.
• FishDuck breaks down some new plays and strategies that appeared during the Colorado game.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:30 AM
• Adam Jude has your Monday practice update and KVAL provides the video of CK after practice.
"We've got a lot of young guys out there contributing and do a great job. ... No matter how old or how young you are, (the key is) that you play hard and give great effort — and that's the one thing those guys have really done," Kelly said. "Week in and week out they play with great effort. I think part of us limiting the big plays ... is because we've got a lot of young running to the football. That's what we do."
• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the WSU game and has all the stats for the two teams.
• Aaron Fentress notes that strong second half performances are a habit with Oregon.
The Ducks unrelenting offensive pace leaves opposing players displaying undeniable body language. Hands on hips. Bent over. Heavy breathing.
"Our guys feed off that, no question," Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich said.
"We pretty much don't panic at halftime not matter what the score is," defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said.
• Cliff Harris has been suspended from any football related activities until his latest matter is resolved. He was cited yesterday afternoon in Eugene for driving while suspended, no insurance and failure to wear a seat belt.
• Ted Miller has his power rankings for the Pac-12 listed and you'll find Oregon in the second spot. Ted also liked the defensive effort of Josh Kaddu last Saturday and notes DT made the Davey O'Brien semi-finalist list.
Oregon linebacker Josh Kaddu had 10 tackles -- all solo -- three for a loss, and two sacks in the 45-2 win at Colorado. He was the best player on a defense that pitched a shutout.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:17 AM
Monday, October 24, 2011
• Former Oregon defensive end (1980-83) Steve Baack joins Tom Ward and Nick Krupke for week eight of Inside the Pac.
• Rob Moseley and Adam Jude talk about the impressive victory over Colorado in their post game brew show.
• Bryan Bennett, Josh Kaddu, Kenjon Barner, and De'Anthony Thomas talk with reporters after the Colorado game. Video courtesy of KVAL.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:28 AM
"They're an improved team from last year," Kelly said (coach speak for-we're still going to beat them by 30)during his weekly Sunday evening conference call. "Obviously they lost their quarterback (Jeff Tuel) early in the season, but I think (Marshall) Lobbestael has done areal nice job for them. They have a good bunch of receivers in (Marquess) Wilson and (Jared) Karstetter. They're an improved team, and Paul Wulff has done a nice job building that program."
• Oregon moves up to seventh in the BCS, AP and coaches poll.
• Rob Moseley has all the links for the Sunday R-G articles regarding the Colorado victory.
• Dale Newton grades Oregon's performance vs Colorado.
Chip Kelly's team was lightning efficient, striking for four quick touchdowns on their first four possessions. Bryan Bennett never blinked. He took to the opening assignment like it was another week at Crespi High, prepared for the situation, in command, with adept feet and vision and a passing arm that found its rhythm as the game went on.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:20 AM
Sunday, October 23, 2011
• KVAL files this report and video after Oregon manhandled Colorado 45-2.
The Ducks bulldozed the injury-riddled Buffaloes 45-2 Saturday in their first trip to Folsom Field since 1987 even though they were playing without Darron Thomas and LaMichael James.
• Rob Moseley likes the poise of backup QB Bryan Bennett.
Despite his youth, Bennett showed the maturity of a veteran in those pregame moments... and he visualized how the next few hours might unfold.
“I was looking out on the field,” Bennett said, “trying to envision myself making plays.”
Whatever he envisioned, it couldn’t have been much better than reality.. Bennett made his first collegiate start Saturday and finished 11-of-20 passing for 156 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon’s 45-2 victory over the Buffaloes.
• Here are links for some of the other game coverage stories around the internet; Ken Goe called it a "total mismatch," Aaron Fentress says the "Ducks find value in blowout victory," Jason Vondersmith details the "backup plan," Steve Maher at FishDuck.com started writing his story after the first quarter ended, Ken Woody says the Ducks looked sharp, reports from ESPN and GoDucks.com.
• Michael Ciaglo at the Oregon Daily Emerald has some nice photos of the game action.
• Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Josh Kaddu.
The Ducks linebacker had 10 tackles, three for a loss, and two sacks in the blowout win at Colorado.
• Dale Newton wraps it up with this observation from his postgame story.
A perfect script for the Ducks in that they won, used a great number of players and kept the game in check, leaving themselves healthy for WSU with Thomas and James fresh and recovered.
• I'll post my YouTube game highlight video later today, stay tuned.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:33 AM
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Assuming Bryan Bennett starts in place of Darron Thomas today, I'd expect Barner to get a ton of work again to ease the pressure on Bennett, but even if Thomas plays, a conservative game plan seems reasonable to expect.
• John Canzano provides the audio to his interview with Joey Harrington and they discuss the game today.
• Dale Newton has his keys to the game.
The old coaching cliche is true; this mile-high massacre is Oregon's only opportunity to play football and get better this week. As Chip notes, you get thirteen chances a year to strap it up and play. Execution is a habit. Excellence is learned, and earned.
Posted by Mike Wines at 10:30 AM
Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. Arizona St. 2011 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.
• Fowlplay2010 has his Fan Perspective video posted for the ASU game. Always like these and this one doesn't disappoint.
• Keeerrrttt1 talks about the following topics in his latest Vlog; Cal wrap-up, Colorado preview, big praise from Jared Sawyer, Fishduck update, and a music recommendation. Always good stuff.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:39 AM
• Aaron Fentress previews the game against Colorado today and rightfully believes the most intriguing aspect is how much the Ducks win by.
It's the first meeting between these two programs since the Ducks defeated Colorado 38-16 in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. Other than that, there's not much intrigue. Oregon is simply looking to keep building momentum toward a closing crescendo to its schedule while Colorado is searching for its first Pac-12 win.
• Lucas Clark says Oregon is looking to take away Colorado's passing game.
• Ken Goe believes that as long as the team bus shows up at Folsom Field Oregon will walk away with a victory.
• Ted Miller notes there has been no official word on whether LMJ or DT will play today but odds are LMJ will take the day off.
• Patrick Malee sits down with Mark Asper for a little Q&A.
• David Lieberman calls it insane dedication when describing safety John Boyett.
“John Boyett is an athletic junkie,” [Nick] Aliotti says. “He’s like a basketball gym rat, which is a compliment, but only on the football field. He lives, eats and breathes football. He studies it all the time.”
• Rob Moseley has the Ducks winning with a final score of 34-13. Personally, I think it will be a bigger differential and will go with 55-10 Oregon.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:38 AM
Friday, October 21, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice update and provides the video of Chip Kelly answering questions after practice.
Kelly was asked about coaching future doctors at those prestigious universities, and whether that was a unique challenge.
"We're coaching football, not doctors," Kelly said. "You don't want me coaching doctors, trust me.
"If I do, don't go to that doctor."
• Rob also projects who will win the team awards based on the season so far.
• DL Taylor Hart isn't afraid of a little hard work to get what he wants.
“He just plays with great effort all the time, and exactly what we preach: ‘Everybody runs,’ ” UO coach Chip Kelly said. “That’s what you hear us always talk about on defense, and Taylor embodies that.”
• Jason Vondersmith says the only uncertainty in the matchup with Colorado is who will be in Oregon's backfield.
• Ted Miller predicts an Oregon victory on Saturday in Boulder. Final score: Oregon 48, Colorado 17.
Whether the Ducks have quarterback Darron Thomas and/or running back LaMichael James doesn't really matter. The Buffaloes are injury-ravaged and might have lost what little confidence they had.
• Lindsay Schnell wonders how much better can the Oregon running game get?
RB coach Gary Campbell believes that something changed with Kenjon Barner last weekend, and now Campbell suspects he's going to be an even better runner as the season plays out.
"I think he's become a stronger runner," Campbell said. "What I saw in Kenjon Saturday was that something kinda clicked and he became a phyiscal runners as the game progressed. The more hits he took, I think the more convinced he was that, 'Hey, I'm gonna do this.'"
Thursday, October 20, 2011
• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247. Is it just me or did CK seem a little more "edgy" today than normal?
• FishDuck looks at the great spread offense laboratory and likes what he sees in Bryan Bennett.
• ODE Sports Desk previews the Colorado game and weigh in on whether LMJ and DT should play.
• Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice update and provides the video of DT after practice today.
Running back LaMichael James left the stadium carrying a helmet and shoulder pads but wearing sweatpants, and I've no sense of what to make of that in terms of practice participation. Tight end Colt Lyerla appears to be in non-contact status with what I think is some sort of arm or shoulder issue, and Rob Beard was icing his right quad after practice.
• Ken Goe wonders what the secret it is to Bryan Bennett's poise and decides it's preparation and talent.
• George Schroeder believes that LMJ and DT should wait until November to play. Rob Moseley says the odds favor neither player seeing action on Saturday.
• Will the altitude at Boulder be a factor? Probably not.
• Ducks will see a different sort of screen play from Colorado than they did against ASU.
• Dale Newton previews the matchup with Colorado and will be looking at how the defense plays this week.
Will Oregon's defense assert itself in this game and dominate? Does the unit continue to jell and develop the depth it'll need to prevail for the conference title? Is Dion Jordan okay, and will he and DeWitt Stuckey continue to spearhead the pass rush?
• Patrick Malee has some impressive numbers for the Ducks so far this year.
• Keeerrrttt1 opens the history book and looks back at how the Ducks beat Ty Detmer and #4 BYU back in 1990.
• Ted Miller opens his superlative tracker and we find LMJ and Chip Kelly on his list.
(Offensive Player of the year) 2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James sat out the Arizona State game with a dislocated elbow. He still ranks first in the nation with 170.4 yards per game.
(Coach of the year) 4. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Kelly's Ducks are again in position to win the conference title, their third in a row.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
• OregonGridiron has their latest motivational video posted for your enjoyment.
• Pretty cute video of some young Oregon fans singing their lyrics to a classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
• Chip Kelly answers questions from reporters yesterday at his weekly press conference. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Nick Aliotti, Gary Campbell and Anthony Gildon talk with reporters after practice yesterday. You gotta love Aliotti, of course it doesn't hurt my feelings that I run into him at my local grocery quite frequently. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247.
• Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice update and also included the video of LaMichael James at the weekly press conference.
Sounds like LMJ will probably take the week off and I wouldn't be surprised if DT did as well, even though he has been seen with no limp and no brace after practice. Rob noted that CK had the following comments regarding the play of the defense.
"Defensively, I think our defense is doing a really nice job of preventing big plays...I think we're playing great pass efficiency defense. We're forcing people to drive the field against us. We've got to do a better job sometimes on third down of getting them off the field though, and finishing off drives."
• Injuries are big news at Oregon of course, but Colorado is dealing with more.
• GoDucks.com has their weekly football release ready. Learn everything you need to know about the game in Boulder.
• BenzDuck takes a historic look at the Oregon v Colorado game in 1978.
• Oregon wide receivers are an integral part of the Oregon offense, ask any of them. WR coach Scott Frost is well known for his mantra, "no block, no rock."
• Dale Newton reminds us that the future isn't written and that's what makes college football so compelling.
Every year is different. The future isn't written and it isn't predestined by the past. There are conflicting rumors and murmurs, and at least for a little while the Ducks may continue to be without LaMichael James and Darron Thomas. The schedule's handed them a breather, a perfect confluence of circumstance, and the next two games are against the low end of the conference...
But then comes the Murderer's Row. Three games against talented teams, 5-1 Washington and 6-0 Stanford, both on the road, and the dangerous Trojans in Eugene. Then the Civil War, which rarely follows the script.
The Ducks could triumph or collapse. No one really knows... A lot could happen between now and The Rose Bowl. It always does.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:53 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Monday practice update and KVAL supplies the video of CK answering questions after practice. Rob had the following comments in the article.
Darron Thomas went jogging out of the Mo after practice (he only does interviews on Wednesdays) and I saw him in the Cas later on, moving fine. (good news there)
In other news today, the Washington State game in Autzen on Oct. 29 was selected today for a noon kickoff on FSN.
• Kenjon Barner was honored as the GoDucks.com student athlete of the week for his efforts against ASU.
• Phil Steele has several Ducks on either his All-American or All Pac-12 teams midway through the season.
• Ted Miller jumped Oregon back to number one his weekly Pac-12 power rankings and likes Oregon in a number of categories in his Pac-12 rewind article.
• Sean Meagher and Bob Rickert have news on a couple of Oregon verbal commitments.
Bryce Cotrell, a 6-3, 230-pound defensive end for Plano West in Dallas, Texas. “I’m an Oregon Duck,” Cottrell confirmed to ESPN.com's Greg Biggins (Insider) via text. “I’m hyped and ready to get rolling. The atmosphere was incredible and I could just tell this was where I belonged.”
Four-star defensive lineman Jeremy Castro has de-committed from Washington and has given a verbal commitment to Oregon following his visit to Eugene last weekend. Castro is a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end from Murrieta, Calif.
• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Colorado game on Saturday. Rob has TV times, player info and updated stats for both teams.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:32 AM
Monday, October 17, 2011
• Former Oregon defensive lineman (1993-1996) Mark Schmidt joins Tom Ward and Nick Krupke for week seven of Inside the Pac after the Ducks' win over ASU.
• Rob Moseley and Adam Jude talk about the victory over ASU in their "Post Game Brew" analysis segment.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:25 AM
• Ted Miller has his week seven, "what we learned in the Pac-12," and adds the following on Oregon.
Oregon can beat you a lot of different ways: Oregon didn't have its top two offensive stars on the field -- running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas -- when it asserted itself in the second half against Arizona State. What that showed in a 41-27 win is the Ducks not only have depth, they also have confidence that the next players in line -- in this case Kenjon Barner and Bryan Bennett -- are good enough to get the job done. Still, the Ducks probably would like James and Thomas back as soon as possible.
• The Register Guard print edition had several stories on the ASU game and here are a couple. George Schroeder says that despite the injuries, the Ducks never get upset; Rob Moseley's notebook; Adam Jude noted that the momentum seemed to turn on Cliff's big interception late in the second quarter.
• Chip Kelly held his weekly teleconference late yesterday and as usual says DT is day-to-day.
• Aaron Fentress has a mid-season report card for the Ducks.
• Dale Newton grades the ASU game and likes the noise the crowd brought to Autzen. I can attest to that. More energy at this game than any other this season.
The crowd never wavered, intense, vocal and engaged, except for an understandable worried hush when Thomas lay crumpled on the turf...The Oregon crowd deserves kudos for staying in the game even when it seemed ASU was getting the best of it.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:19 AM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
• KVAL reporter Nick Krupke details the Oregon victory over ASU, 41-27, for the evening news last night.
• DT talks with reporters after the game and says "I'll be alright" but you have to believe that with a fairly easy schedule for the next two weeks (Colorado and WSU) the staff might decide to keep him out until the Washington game.
• John Canzano has my favorite post game story, "Oregon Ducks, despite every excuse to quit, win and send important message."
The Ducks overcame adversity. They won with backups of backups playing at key positions. They won with ASU's offense putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on the defense. They won in spite of turnovers, and having to come from behind, and with rain falling and every excuse to quit.
It was a powerful and perfect message about spirit.
• Here are the rest of the game stories from around the web: Rob Moseley and Ken Woody from the R-G, Ted Miller from ESPN on Cliff's return from purgatory, Aaron Fentress says we got to see a glimpse of the future, Chris Courtney and Steve Summers from eDuck, Jason Vondersmith from the Portland Tribune, ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.
• Bryan Bennett gets a well deserved helmet sticker for his role in the win.
• How good was it to see Cliff Harris get more playing time? Lindsay Schnell has the story.
In a night when young corners Troy Hill and Terrence Mitchell played well, it was Harris who returned an interception 50 yards in the second quarter, setting up Oregon's third score of the night to go up 21-17 at halftime.
• I will have my YouTube highlight video posted later today and I will put up some post game interviews later this morning.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:51 AM
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Duck Fan Perspective - Oregon vs. California 2011 from Fowlplay2010 on Vimeo.
• Fowlplay2010 is back with his "fan perspective" videos and has the Cal game for your enjoyment. Always very good editing.
• Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and Tom Rinaldi talk about the new GameDay location, the matchup with ASU, coming to Eugene and mascot head security. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Keeerrrttt1 talks about Kenny Wheaton, AJ Tuitele, Fishduck.com update, DuckTales feedback, new Oregon Ducks music video, Arizona State preview, Dennis Erickson drinking game, and a music recommendation.
• Josh at FishDuck.com breaks down how ASU will likely attack the Oregon defense but thinks Oregon will get away with a 10 point victory.
• Rob Moseley has his prediction as well as other pundits around the web. Everyone likes Oregon put the point margin varies significantly.
• I will go ahead and throw my prediction in the ring. Oregon 38 - ASU 30.
• Dale Newton believes that if you're not worried about the game today you should be.
• Adam Jude believes Josh Kaddu adds punch to the defense.
Kaddu has found a way to pack a punch on the football field, and he’s doing that as well as anyone on the Oregon defense these days. The strongside linebacker is an integral part of Nick Aliotti’s aggressive, blitzing defensive schemes, often coming off the edge in pursuit of the quarterback.
• Speaking of the defense, Eddie Pleasant is making his mark as well.
“As a second-year safety, I think Eddie Pleasant has really made unbelievable strides,” Nick Aliotti says. “I think he’s playing at a very high caliber. I see a different guy this year from last year, and I see a guy that’s really, really stepped his game up, particularly mentally.”
• Lucas Clark has a Q&A with WR Lavasier Tuinei.
• Lot of high profile recruits will be at the game today, Dale Newton has the story.
• Ted Miller asks "did you know?"
Oregon has owned its series with Arizona State of late, winning the past six meetings by wide margins. The closest game over that stretch was 11 points (last year) and the Ducks' average margin of victory in those six games is 21.5 points.
Friday, October 14, 2011
• Adam Jude has your Thursday practice update and MaxWilliams247 provides the CK interview after practice.
"We're as prepared as we want to be for a Thursday," Mark Asper said. "We have one more day — or almost two full days because the game's at night — to sharpen the spear a little bit more."
• Ken Goe also was there when CK arrived after practice and notes this comment from the coach.
Yesterday, Kelly answered a question about Harris by saying Harris' effort level in practice was about as good as the questions he was getting from reporters. Today he said Harris' effort was much better than the reporters' questions.
• No LaMichael? No problem says Ted Miller.
• Former Oregon WR Aaron Pflugrad makes his way back to Autzen after joining ASU.
• Are fans getting complacent and not bringing the noise like they usually do at Autzen? (Not my section.)
• This Dennis Erickson drinking game might be fun, or suicidal.
• Game predictions are starting and so far so good. Ted Miller and Matt Hayes both have the Ducks coming out on the top.
• Lindsay Schnell says it's hard to bring down RB Tra Carson who should see more playing time this week.
"One thing Tra will do is lower his pads and run through people, which is a little bit like what LaMichael will do, but Tra has more straight-ahead power than explosive-type power," RB coach Gary Campbell said.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
• The ODE has their second episode of "Sports Desk" and talk about LMJ's injury and look ahead to the ASU game.
• Chip Kelly and Anthony Gildon answer questions from reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247.
• Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice update where he talks with DT after practice. Rob also noted Chip's response to how Cliff is doing this week in practice.
Kelly also quipped, when asked about Cliff Harris' progress today, that "Cliff's effort was as good as the questions I got today." Speaking for the media on hand today (and keeping with Kelly's tongue-in-cheek response) that's a bad sign for ol' Cliff ...
Seriously, it sounds like Kelly has been generally encouraged with what he's seen from Harris this week, but as always, the longer that's sustained, the better the outlook for him.
• Will the size of ASU QB Brock Osweiler and their receivers pose a problem for Oregon?
• Ted Miller also covers the subject of Osweiler's height.
• Will former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti end up with that position at Arizona?
• ESPN College GameDay will be held in a different location this year due to construction around Autzen.
The show Saturday morning will originate on campus adjacent to the Lillis Business Complex, on East 13th Avenue just east of Kincaid Street, commonly known around campus as the "Quad."
• Keeerrrttt1 remembers one of the classic game in Oregon history. The "Miracle in the Desert" when Oregon defeated ASU in double-overtime.
• Dale Newton believes the Oregon defense is good and getting better.
The return of middle linebacker Michael Clay will help the offensive line a lot. Even after missing three games he's sixth on the team in tackles. He fills gaps. He finishes plays, steers runners back into the pile, wraps up and cleans up. He'll make the entire defense more effective, provided he's full-go.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Tuesday practice update and supplies the video of LaMichael James updating his own injury status.
The big news of the day is linebacker Michael Clay expressing confidence he'll play Saturday against the Sun Devils. Clay was tied for the Pac-12 lead in tackles when he suffered an ankle injury that knocked him out of the last three games, including the Cal game even though he returned to practice last week.
"Last week I wasn't able to go and make a difference for the team," Clay said. "This week, the weekend really helped, I've been working hard at getting back on the field, so I'm feeling a lot better to play this week."
• The Oregon game at Colorado on Oct. 22nd was picked up by Fox Sports Nortwest with a 12:30 pm kick-off time.
• Ted Miller has a mid-season review of Oregon where you will find LMJ as the offensive MVP (no surprise there) and the defensive MVP going to John Boyett.
FS John Boyett. Boyett leads the Ducks with 29 tackles. He also has two tackles for a loss and four pass breakups.
• GoDucks.com has their week seven football release available. Learn all there is to know about the Oregon vs ASU matchup.
• Oregon is on a six game winning streak against ASU. Can they do it again? Aaron Fentress has the story.
For this streak to continue, Oregon coach Chip Kelly said the Ducks must overcome a talented and experienced ASU defense that has forced 18 turnovers and ranks second in the Pac-12 in both points allowed (19.5 per game) and total defense (349 yards per game).
“They are really athletic on the defensive side of the ball,” Kelly said.
• Steve Summers has a Q&A with Hod Rabino of DevilsDigest.com.
• Steve Summers also wonders if the defense will start to see an increase this week in the number of INT's. They had seven last year against ASU.
• Rob Moseley notes the secondary will be tested again this week against a pass-happy ASU.
• Dale Newton believes there is reason to be concerned about the ASU game.
To beat the Sun Devils in Autzen with Game Day in town, the Ducks need to turn around this turnover trend. They can’t give ASU life by surrendering the football, and they have to get the Sun Devil offense off the field as often and as quickly as they can. With LaMichael James likely to be out, Oregon’s margin of error isn’t as great. They need Darron Thomas and Kenjon Barner to have good days and take care of the football, and the Duck defense to rip, strip and snatch a couple.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:49 AM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
• Rob Moseley has your Monday practice update and MaxWilliams247 provides the video of CK answering reporters question after practice.
Injured running back LaMichael James was at the football facility today, but wasn't spotted leaving the Mo Center after practice. The Ducks are preparing for this week with the understanding he may not be able to play due to the elbow injury he suffered against Cal.
"It hurts. That's one of our leaders, one of our great players," senior rover Eddie Pleasant said.
• Adam Jude sets the stage for the ASU game.
The Sun Devils come into Autzen Stadium for the 7:15 p.m. kickoff (on ESPN) boasting a 5-1 overall record, 3-0 in the Pac-12, and what Kelly said might be the best team of the Dennis Erickson era. Kelly said it's certainly the best ASU team he's seen in the three seasons he's been the Oregon head coach.
"They're real talented; I've watched every game they've played, and that's a ball-hawking defense," Kelly said Sunday night.
• Ted Miller has his power rankings posted where you will find Oregon at #2 behind Stanford.
Is it just me or did few notice that Oregon pitched a second-half shutout against California? Sure, the defense gave up some yards -- 465 -- but holding the Bears to one touchdown and no second-half points is pretty tough. And that D will need to step up with running back LaMichael James out.
• LaMichael James was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week for his perfomrance against Cal.
• Ted Miller has a Pac-12 mid-season review.
• Not really an Oregon story unless you liken Mike Stoops to that irritating boil on your ass you have to deal with once a year, but Arizona has had enough. Stoops was fired late yesterday after losing to the beavs.