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Friday, August 10, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud





Ricky Heimuli and Rodney Hardrick sit down with Rob Moseley and talk about the upcoming season and their roles on the football team.

• Daniel Mediate introduces week three opponent Tennessee Tech.

Head coach Watson Brown is known for running an extremely fast-paced game. He will be looking to match wits with UO coach Chip Kelly, but with a much smaller talent pool. The Golden Eagles should be another cakewalk for the Ducks this fall. While Tennessee Tech may have returning talent and a solid year from a season ago, the Eagles still have nearly a dozen fewer scholarships than Oregon as an FCS school. Lamb should present some problems with his verve and experience, but it shouldn't be anything the Ducks' D can't handle.

• Ted Miller notes the Pac-12 players on SI's All-America team which includes De'Anthony Thomas on the first team and Kenjon Barner along with John Boyett on the second team.

• Brandon P. Oliver ($) has a preview of the running backs.

With LaMichael James' departure, senior Kenjon Barner finally has the chance to be the go-to back for the high-flying Ducks. Being the go-to back means little in Chip Kelly's system, as Barner knows very well. 

Like Barner did for James over the past three seasons, he will be pushed by sophomore sensation De'Anthony Thomas and touted freshman Byron Marshall. Beyond those three, there is little depth, but the Ducks have a roster loaded with versatile athletes who can step into the backfield if need be.

GO DUCKS!

1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

I think people are underestimating what LaMichael did in the backfield. I think there was a reason Kenjon didn't start, and I think that will be exposed this year. It's not to say that he won't have a solid year...I just don't know if he'll have a LaMichael year.