Saturday, March 17, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Ted Miller talks with Oregon center Hroniss Grasu about about starting as a freshman, the quarterback competition, and high expectations in 2012.
• Pete Roussel at CoachingSearch.com notes that Oregon is the only team in the country that has not had any coaching turnover since 2009.
Today, former Georgetown assistant Luke Thompson officially joins Rich Ellerson's staff at Army, which means Chip Kelly's staff at Oregon will be the only staff in the country that has remained completely intact since start of the 2009 season. All nine full-time assistant coaches that began the 2009 season with Kelly remain on the staff in coaching positions.
Think about that. There are over 120 major college football programs and only one will have the same nine coaches for four consecutive seasons.
• Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller wonder who is more likely to grab a Heisman this year from the Pac-12. Matt Markley or De'Anthony Thomas. Miller likes DAT's chances.
The Heisman Trophy is attracted to flashiness. And winners. And not necessarily to preseason favorites.
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year De'Anthony Thomas had 595 rushing yards and 605 receiving yards.
That's why, even though USC QB Matt Barkley heads into the 2012 season as everyone's Heisman front-runner -- from the Pac-12 and nationally -- I'm tapping Oregon's do-everything offensive weapon De'Anthony Thomas as the conference's player most likely to be grinning in New York with that iconic bronze statue.
Thomas? He's a human highlight reel who does his best work with little help from others. Give him a crack, and he goes yard. Heck, he not only has a cool nickname -- "The Black Mamba" -- but it was given to him by Snoop Dogg. That's a story that invites interest. Then folks will see the are-you-kidding me plays, like the two TD runs that covered 155 yards in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Thomas' speed is so special it makes fast defenders look like they are knee-deep in sand.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:23 AM