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Friday, January 20, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley continues his 2011 season reviews and looks at the secondary.

John Boyett recovered from early knee problems to lead the Ducks and finished 50th nationally with 108 tackles. He now has 277 for his career, giving him a good shot at finishing in the top five all-time at Oregon for his career. Boyett had 17 stops in the Rose Bowl, and looked in the postgame locker room like a fighter who had gone 12 rounds, determined to be the last man standing.

Dion Jordan makes Ted Miller's list of most improved Pac-12 players during the 2011 season.

Jordan went from single-game starter in 2010 to first-team All-Pac-12 as a junior in 2011. Jordan had 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2010, when he showed promise after converting from tight end. He lived up to that promise in 2011 with 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Jordan figures to be a leading candidate for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, particularly if he gets his skinny butt into the weight room and eats a lot of steak.

• John Canzano says Ducks gift packs make a statement in the NFL playoffs and has an audio Q&A with Spencer Paysinger.

• Dave Miller @NFPost.com says Oregon ranks 15th in 2012 team recruiting.

• Lots of stories on Marcus Mariota and Bryan Bennett and who will eventually get the starting QB job in 2012. Rob Moseley wonders if he is the perfect fit and talks with his high school coach. David Lieberman says Bryan Bennett isn't a lock at this point. And Dale Newton ponders who will actually win between the two.

Ted Miller says Oregon knows how to "value drive."

Once the Ducks got a drive going, they rarely were stopped, and typically only when they stopped themselves. The Ducks had 65 non-garbage value drives and scored 53 touchdowns. They missed three field goals and had only two value drive turnovers. Precision efficiency at a blistering pace bodes well for another run to the top of these ratings next season.

GO DUCKS!

1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Interesting stuff about the "value drives" from Ted. Also, I think Bennett has to be a lock, based on his experience and knowledge of the playbook. That's one thing we need...experience and knowledge, or else the team will crumble around the quarterback.