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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Keeerrrttt1 talks football and with Villanova WR coach and FishDuck guest writer Brian Flinn.

Rob Moseley previews the line backers and Aaron Fentress previews the receiving corps heading into fall camp.

Rob on LB's:  It would be an overstatement to say this unit will only be as good as the backups allow it to be, but only slightly. The top unit is exceptionally talented and experienced, easily among the best in the conference and probably among the top 10 or 15 or nationally. But with as much as Oregon's defense is on the field, they can't play every snap and remain at peak effectiveness. So all those young guys in the second tier of the depth chart need to continue developing, in order to earn the confidence they can be used in key situations should the starters need a blow.

Aaron on receivers: Oregon's receiving corps in 2011 was clearly the offense's weakest link. The group could close the gap if marginal players a year ago can take the next step. Senior Rahsaan Vaughn returns. Sophomores Blake Stanton and Keanon Lowe, and junior Daryle Hawkins, had strong springs. Sophomore Eric Dungy could see a larger role. Should all else fail, Oregon has Thomas, who caught 46 passes for 605 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Lyerla, a 5-star recruit in 2011, is one of the best all-around athletes on the team and has the potential to be every become a red zone nightmare for opponents.

• Bruce Feldman talks bout the four new Pac-12 coaches but holds little faith that anyone but Oregon in the North division and USC in the South division will have a chance at winning the conference championship.

Ted Miller talks with Kenjon Barner about being out of LMJ's shadow.

The Pac-12 Network has added more carriers.

• Dale Newton has five crucial questions for the young tight ends.

Brandon P. Oliver wonders if the Ducks can make it four conference championships in a row?

Not many outside of Eugene think that the feat is possible and have the Ducks running second behind the Trojans in the Pac-12 race. 

Chip Kelly and company wouldn't have it any other way.



DDubbs76 said...

This is totally Kenjon's year to show that he's primetime.

DDubbs76 said...

This is totally Kenjon's year to show that he's primetime.