Friday, August 31, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.
• Josh @FishDuck.com previews the Arkansas St. game and breaks down what to expect from their coach, Gus Malzan.
• Matt Walks @ODE says Kenjon Barner is ready to be "The Guy."
Fresh to the top of the depth chart, the Ducks’ starting running back admits the bar is set high after his predecessor LaMichael James led Oregon to a Rose Bowl win last year but says pressure doesn’t belong on the football field.
“To me, pressure is those men and women in the military service where they have to defuse a bomb,” Barner said after practice this week. “Or they’re going into an area full of hostiles. That’s pressure. Pressure is not going on the field, running the ball, making plays. That’s having fun, doing what you love to do. So to say I feel pressure? Not even close to it.”
• Rob Moseley has a notebook on the true freshmen who might have an impact this year among other topics.
• Carson York is hoping to see some playing time on Saturday.
• Aaron Fentress calls De'Anthony Thomas always elusive but ever humble.
• Ted Miller gives his prediction for the Oregon game on Saturday.
Oregon 50, Arkansas State 20: Another season of high expectations for the Ducks begins, this time with the unknown of QB Marcus Mariota in the cockpit of the offense. Don't be surprised if Arkansas State has plenty of offensive tricks with coach Gus Malzahn.
• Adam Jude notes that Oregon's defensive versatility disguises a hidden bite.
Oregon has won three consecutive conference titles and advanced to three consecutive BCS bowl games because it has better systems -- on offense and defense -- and athletes who fit better into those systems.
The Ducks know what works effectively, and they can recruit specific athletes for those hybrid roles.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:37 AM