Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Brian Jackson talks about what needs to be done by the defense to contain the ASU quarterback. Video courtesy of the ODE.
• Adam Jude believes Oregon's defensive depth will be challenged against Arizona State.
Already without injured senior safety John Boyett, its most experienced defender, for the rest of the season, Oregon will likely have its defensive depth tested more at Arizona State on Thursday night.
• Bob Clark wonders if Tyler Johnstone feels the heat as he return home.
It’s not always easy for a player to return home for a game, and not either feel some extra pressure, or simply be challenged by making sure he’s come up with enough tickets for all those friends and family members.
Steve Greatwood (offensive line coach) said his sense is that Johnstone will handle the situation.
• Rob Moseley thinks the Ducks might have more difficulty with the fans in the stands at ASU rather than any perceived heat issues.
• Josh S. @FishDuck.com analyzes the ASU defense and concludes they pose the toughest test so far this season.
• Ted Miller hands out a mid-season report card for Oregon.
The Ducks dominated a cheesecake early schedule as expected, and then answered any national questions with a dominant show on both sides of the ball in 49-0 win over No. 22 Arizona. The Ducks then essentially doubled up Washington State and Washington, which allowed them to climb to No. 2 in the human polls and No. 3 in the official BCS standings released this past Sunday.
The second-half schedule is far more arduous, starting with a road date at Arizona State on Thursday. But the Ducks, strong on both sides of the ball, look like a team that could win college football's biggest prize.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:50 AM