Saturday, April 14, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after the second week of practice concluded yesterday. Video courtesy of OregonSportsNet.
• Rob Moseley and Chris Courtney have notes from practice yesterday.
Rob: A major question lingering about this team is its depth at the skill positions, where there's very little returning experience behind the returning starters, like Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas and Josh Huff. Kelly said that remains an issue through eight spring practices.
Chris: The player grabbing the most spotlight in the defensive trenches is true freshman, Arik Armstead. Regarded as one of the nation’s top players coming out of high school in the class of 2012, Kelly says that Armstead is already beginning to make an impression on him.
• George Schroeder wonders if Oregon has become a "plug-and-play" system.
• Rob Moseley takes a closer looks at one of the position groups that lack much experience, the tight ends.
• Aaron Fentress looks at the progress Arik Armstead is making.
• The baseball team beat Stanford last night, 4-2, in ten innings.
• Ted Miller believes Oregon's "most important" player (excluding QB's) is Kenjon Barner.
Barner is the clear choice for his own value and for what losing him would force the Ducks to do in order to adjust. Start with who Barner is: He's gained 1,836 yards rushing -- 6.1 yards per carry -- and scored 20 rushing TDs over the previous three seasons as LaMichael James' backup. He's also caught 34 passes for 335 yards with five scores and returned kicks and punts. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior has long been one of the best and most versatile running backs in the Pac-12, only he played behind one of the best RBs in conference history. This season is his chance to shine, so you'd expect him to be highly motivated to showcase his own skills.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:41 AM