Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• ESPN shares their video of Oregon RB Kenjon Barner talking with College Football Live about what's next for the Oregon offense and his thoughts on Chip Kelly deciding to stay at Oregon instead of heading for the NFL.
• Adam Jude reports that Chip Kelly's heart is with Oregon and several U of O fraternity brothers couldn't be happier.
• George Schroeder wonders if Oregon's power brokers will forgive and forget Chip's flirtation with the NFL.
In the short term, there shouldn’t be much fallout from Kelly’s almost-exit. It might even be a P.R. positive.
• Lindsay Schnell also believes the near exit of CK won't hurt the Ducks' recruiting efforts in the immediate future.
• Jon Wilner projects the Pac-12 standings for 2012 and you'll find Oregon at the top of the North division.
1. Oregon: The Ducks would have been the overwhelming favorite with Darron Thomas. Instead, they’re merely the substantial favorite with promising sophomore Bryan Bennett under center. They have plenty of playmakers (Kenjon Barner, DAT, etc.), a quality offensive line and a defense that returns several key players, including safety John Boyett. Oh, and the Ducks get Stanford and Washington at home.
• Aaron Fentress has a mini-preview of Oregon commit safety Oshay Dunmore.
Duck fans should be excited because: Dunmore could have had an impact at Oregon as a receiver, running back, H-back, defensive back or linebacker. "I'm ready to do whatever if they let me play both ways," he said. "If I had my way, I'd want to."
Chances are, Dunmore will have to settle on one position and it appears to be in the defensive backfield. He said UO defensive backs John Neal has penciled him in as a free safety, and if that happens, he would become one of the taller players to play the position at Oregon in recent memory.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:48 AM