Thursday, August 09, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of rgoregonfootball.
• Wade Keliikipi sat down with Rob Moseley to talk about the defense and his role along with his hearlth issues from last year.
• Bruce Feldman details some thoughts on the Pac-12's emergence as a leader in innovation.
“You can’t be the present because, look, the SEC kind of has a good hold on that,” said Mark Silverman, president of the Big Ten Network. “What the Pac-12 is trying to be is innovative, cutting edge. You look at the uniforms Oregon has, the kind of coaches they’re bringing in there. Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez, are cutting-edge kind of guys. That fits with the whole Silicon Valley idea of technology and innovation. My sense is that’s their positioning, the future of college football.”
Cue the astronaut.
• Redshirt freshman wide receiver Tacoi Sumler will transfer, the Ducks announced today.
• There have been some notable weight changes for the football team.
• The Ducks launched the QuackCave recently.
Inspired by social media command centers used by the NHL's New Jersey Devils and leading corporations Dell and Gatorade, Oregon has built out and launched the QuackCave (#QuackCave) as the first digital media hub in college athletics.
With a wall of flat screens controlled by iPads and wireless keyboards, QuackCave's staff of handpicked, digital natives (aka UO students) will monitor, produce and push content through Oregon's multitude of general and sport-specific accounts across all major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram (uoducks).
• Adam Jude reports the Duck "D" could be a force to be reckoned with, and Nick Aliotti doesn't disagree.
"I'd like to say we're going to line up and kick butt every day, but we still gotta work at it," Nick Aliotti said.
Aliotti said he's "very lucky" to have "marquee" veterans such as Dion Jordan and Taylor Hart on the defensive line, Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso at the middle linebacker spots, and John Boyett at safety.
"It does feel good for the defense to get some recognition," Terrance Mitchell said. "We just have to continue working hard, so when the games come, we can score points like the offense. ...
"I feel like the whole 'D,' we've got just a real mean swagger."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:54 AM