Thursday, August 30, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Bryan Bennett and Hroniss Grasu talk about Bennett's decision to stay with Oregon. Video courtesy of KVAL.
• Ted Miller has De'Anthony Thomas in the number three slot of the Pac-12's top 25 players.
Thomas was very good last year as a true freshman -- you saw the Rose Bowl, right? -- but this high ranking here is more a projection forward. If Thomas doesn't get invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony this winter, he should in 2013. Simply, Thomas is the most explosive player in the conference, perhaps the nation.
If you asked a defensive coordinator who you'd least like to see in open space, it would be Thomas. In that Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin, he probably previewed things to come with a team-high 314 all-purpose yards, carrying the ball twice for 155 yards and two TDs, including an are-you-kidding-me? 91 yard bolt. He was the Pac-12 co-offensive freshman of the year and earned first team All-Conference honors as a kick returner. He was the only player in the nation with at least 400 yards rushing, receiving and kick returning. He ranked 11th nationally in all-purpose yards with 147.8 ypg. He earned numerous freshman All-American honors. The expectation here is he will take a big step forward in 2012. Heck, he might even move up this list.
• A number of Ducks make Ted Miller's Pac-12 preseason All Pac-12 Team. Kenjon Barner, Carson York, De'Anthony Thomas, Dion Jordan, Michael Clay, John Boyett and Jasckson Rice are the picks.
• You know football is close when GoDuck.com posts their weekly football release. Find out everything you need to know about the Arkansas St. game on Saturday.
• Aaron Fentress has a report on WR Keanon Lowe's journey to being named a starter.
Lowe ultimately might remind long-time Ducks fans of Keenan Howry, the 5-10, 172-pound receiver who started for the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team and had 2,606 career receiving yards with 23 touchdowns before playing three years in the NFL.
"You can count on him day in and day out," UO coach Chip Kelly said. "That's what we need at the wide receiver spot. Not an up and down, not a hot and cold situation. We need people we can count on."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:32 AM