Saturday, February 25, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Kevin Gemmell continues looking at the top performances in the Pac-12 during the 2011 season and likes LaMichael's performance during the Stanford game.
Oregon's win snapped Stanford's 17-game winning streak, which was the nation's longest (its last loss was more than a year earlier at Oregon). His 58-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter put Oregon ahead by two scores and the Ducks never looked back. How good was James' vision on that run, by the way? James would add a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth. Here's the most impressive part: James did most of his damage running straight at Stanford's 3-4 defense. He accounted for 132 yards and all three of his touchdowns running between the tackles on 17 carries. The win propelled the Ducks to the top of the Pac-12 North and eventually to the Rose Bowl, while also shattering Stanford's national championship hopes.
• Jeff Martin wonders if LMJ could be the next Darren Sproles.
The one certainty with James is that he’ll run fast. No one is debating that – it’s another matter altogether of how fast. There is buzz building in Indy that James might walk away as “best in show,” meaning he might post one of the best times in the 40, if not the best.
• Seven former Ducks are in Indianapolis as they take the first step in hopefully becoming a NFL player.
• Rob Moseley reports Oregon has agreed with the NCAA that the football's team relationship with three scouting services were improper from 2008 to 2011.
• The NCAA announced a rules change that will start this year moving the kickoff from the 30 to the 35 yard line. The rule is intended to help keep players safer by increasing touchbacks.
• ESPN's Insider (must be a member) reporter KC Joyner says not to forget about Oregon as the preseason buzz is all about USC. His main points in building a case for Oregon are listed below.
-Oregon's offensive losses are not as great as generally thought.
-The USC pass offense has consistency issues.
-USC's defense has similar consistency issues.
-USC has a young shutdown cornerback, but so does Oregon.
-USC took a bigger offseason hit to its pass rush than did Oregon.
-Oregon's defense is better at forcing opposing offenses into mistakes.
-Oregon's schedule strength is very similar to USC's.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:32 AM