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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Sam Stejskal and Bruce Feldman believe that Oregon recruit Arik Armstead could make an immediate impact for the Ducks this year.

From the SI article: Armstead had quite the wild recruiting ride. The five-star defensive end -- who is actually rated higher as an offensive tackle, but will exclusively play defense in college -- committed to USC in June 2010, de-committed from the Trojans in the fall of 2011 and looked like he was headed to Cal until assistant Tosh Lupoi moved to Washington in January. That's when Ducks coach Chip Kelly moved in, impressing Armstead enough to get him to sign and enroll early at Oregon. Rivals' No. 61 player should make an impact both on the field and on the court in Eugene: The 6-foot-8, 280 pound Armstead will also play basketball for the Ducks.

Rob Moseley has a poll asking what player we think will get the most receptions in 2012. At the time I voted the overwhelming favorite was De'Anthony Thomas with Rashaan Vaughn a distant second.

• Jeffrey Martin reports that offensive lineman Carson York is building his digital brand and has a Twitter transcript of a conversation they recently had.

• Mark Flores has another thorough recruiting update and wonders if Thomas Tyner might be inline to pick up some playing time with the suspected transfer of Tra Carson.

• Dale Newton ponders the proverbially glass and suggests it's technically always full.

The penalty phase of the Josh Huff story hasn't been announced, and may not be. Like a lot of things on a team dictated and controlled by a singular vision, we'll know when we know. We'll know when Rob Moseley and Aaron Fentress tell us, and when they ask the question they may or may not get a useful answer. It's part of the schtick. The walls around the program are the not only the price of success but part of the reason for it. It's a clarity of purpose and a fierceness that sets it apart. Things are different at Oregon than they've ever been. We can be nostalgic for the old days and open practices, but the results are a whole new era of excellence. Often Chip Kelly's bulldog intensity and clipped answers are a code for one thing: "you want to win? This is how we do it. My way. No explanations. Limited access. We'll let you know. Or maybe we won't."


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

It's my way or the highway b-eee-o-t-ch!