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Monday, August 06, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Keeerrrttt1 talks Oregon athletics in his weekly Vlog. Topics this week include:

UO athletes reporting for camp (0:20), Preseason lists (1:20), Olympics (2:01), is one year old! (4:30), FishDuck updates (5:06), Random Tweet of the Week (7:05), Music Recommendation of the Week: (7:17)...

Rob Moseley calls the opening of fall camp, the quest for Chip Kelly's "unfinished business."

When Kelly decided this offseason to stick with the Ducks rather than leave for the NFL, he cited “unfinished business” as a primary reason. For a guy who has played for the national championship, won a Rose Bowl and never failed to reach the Bowl Championship Series as a head coach, that doesn’t leave a lot of possible definitions.

Aaron Fentress poses five questions as fall camp opens, number one being the QB battle.

Sophomore Bryan Bennett and redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota are locked in a fierce battle that figures to go down to the wire. Each has displayed the confidence needed to succeed. "The thing about those two guys is they don't need anybody to give them confidence," senior running back Kenjon Barner said. "They're both confident guys, confident in their ability."

• Brandon P. Oliver ($) has his fall camp primer and wonders who will step up at WR.

BJ Kelley, Tacoi Sumler and Devon Blackmon are likely to be the three most-watched players during camp. The trio came in together and redshirted last season. At least one of them needs to step up and make an impact early for the Ducks. Rahsaan Vaughn, Eric Dungy, Daryle Hawkins and Blake Stanton join Huff as returners. Can Bralon Addison, Dwayne Stanford or Chance Allen break into the lineup as true freshmen?

Dale Newton lists the challenges ahead for Mariota and Bennett.

Many fans say the Ducks won't miss Darron Thomas, and they may very well be right. Bennett and Mariota have a world of talent. Each are better athletes than Thomas, faster, better throwers and runners.

Somewhere during the year, the Ducks might miss his toughness, leadership and experience.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

You know you've arrived when you lose your most successful quarterback and running back in school history, and you still start the season ranked #5. And not that preseason rankings matter that much...but lose that kind of talent and be #5 means that you're a power.