Friday, April 06, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• John Boyett gives you an all-access tour of Autzen Stadium from a players perspective to the suite of Phil Knight. Video courtesy of GoDucks.com.
• Rob Moseley looks at how defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti guards against complacency with a veteran defensive group.
With seven Rose Bowl starters back on defense — a number that doesn’t include top reserves like Kiko Alonso and Bo Lokombo — Aliotti might be expected to feel a sense of calm as preparations for the 2012 season get under way this month. But his demeanor Tuesday wasn’t rooted in confidence; rather, it masked a search for complacency among his veterans, he said.
“Day one, I just wanted to watch to see where they were, and hope they understand that, although we’ve had great success, it’s a whole new deal,” Aliotti said. “It doesn’t matter.”
• Jeffrey Martin has a Q&A with offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
• John Canzano shares his audio podcast when he spoke with offesive lineman Carson York.
• Charles @FishDuck.com shares one of his early (2007) spring practice scrimmage reports as a fun way to look back at some early projections and thoughts of the various players.
• Josh White @FishDuck.com opens the history book to 1998 and looks at the season Akili Smith had that year.
• Aaron Jones, Alex Keudell power No. 22 Oregon baseball past No. 5 UCLA in a 6-2 victory yesterday.
• The University of Oregon football program will conduct its annual women's football clinic on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Moshofsky Center, located adjacent to Autzen Stadium. Registration required.
• Stephen Alexander notes the similarities and differences between Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota.
“The difference between Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota, I don’t know,” Helfrich says. “As people, Bryan is a bit more immediately outgoing. Marcus is a very funny, very engaging, very smart, very charismatic guy. But he’s more of a naturally quiet guy. That would be some of the ways that they’re different. But, they’re pretty similar guys. They’re both really good guys, they work hard, they’re tough, they’re smart.”
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:28 AM