Monday, September 24, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Former Oregon kicker Josh Bidwell joins Tom Ward and Nick Krupke on Inside the Pac as they discuss Oregon's big win over Arizona.
• Ted Miller shares "what we learned in the Pac-12" this week.
Ducks passed their test: Oregon coach Chip Kelly says the Ducks take a football test every weekend against a nameless, faceless opponent. Well, the Ducks advanced out of 101-level courses to a 300-level advanced class on Saturday, trading nonconference patsies for a ranked Pac-12 team that already had whipped Oklahoma State, the defending Big 12 champion. And the Ducks made an "A" against No. 22 Arizona with a 49-0 win. In a plot twist, the defense took center stage, while the offense needed a half to get its rhythm. The performance solidified the Ducks' status atop the Pac-12 pecking order, at least pending games with Stanford and USC.
• Joel @FishDuck.com says it's time to look at the big picture when it comes to Oregon's offense who have been somewhat inconsistent.
Colt Lyerla. The true sophomore from Hillsboro, OR, introduced himself to the country Saturday night; not in his pass catching, but as a bruising, half-ton truck running back. A new wrinkle for Kelly, a new weapon for Oregon, a new reason for fans to keep the faith. Matt Millen during the broadcast repeatedly referred to him as “my new favorite player.”
• Aaron Fentress takes another look at the defensive statement this past weekend.
"It's kind of demoralizing to the (opposing) offense to look up and there's still a goose egg up there," linebacker Michael Clay said. "It builds our confidence to go out there and try to keep that shutout."
Chances are, Oregon's youthful offense will improve. So, too, could the defense.
"I feel like we can still do better as a unit," [Dion] Jordan said. "There are a lot of things we can fix up."
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:51 AM