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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Charles Fisher @FishDuck.com analyzes the inside zone blitz in his third defensive tutorial.

• Rob Moseley previews the offensive line as we head into fall camp next week.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Oregon's offensive line since Chip Kelly arrived has been able to thrive without needing superstar, NFL-ready bodies up front (the sort every team in the country tries to recruit, and which aren't exactly plentiful in the Northwest). Fisher looks like he could break the mold eventually, but for now this looks like another solid UO offensive line more than capable of protecting the quarterbacks and opening up holes for the backs and receivers, particularly given what should be improved depth over last season. If vets like Greig and Stevens, plus new faces such as Johnstone and Euscher, can give York, Cody and company a break every few series, the group will be that much more effective.

Brandon P. Oliver looks at a pretty impressive list of bowl appearances by the Ducks in the last 24 years.

• According to a survey conducted by The Sporting News, Oregon is a popular choice among high school recruits.

• Senior DE Dion Jordan has been named to his fourth preseason watch list. This time to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award.

• Ted Miller reports the Pac-12 boasts some of the top rusing attackes in the country where you will find Oregon listed as number three.

Even though LaMichael James is gone at Oregon -- taking his league-leading 1,805 yards, 7.3 average and 18 touchdowns with him -- the Ducks will still be one of the nation's top rushing teams with Kenjon Barner headlining the attack. Barner rushed for 939 yards on 152 carries with 11 touchdowns. 


And then there is the always potent De'Anthony Thomas -- who can line up anywhere and can turn the most simple play into a long touchdown. The Ducks blew away the rest of the conference in terms of rushing offense last season -- totaling 4,189 yards (299.2 per game) on the ground. Stanford was a distant second with 2,738. Finding a third and fourth option will be key though, which head coach Chip Kelly addressed at Pac-12 media day last week. And Barner said all the things you'd expect from someone replacing an Oregon legend: "I'll be called upon more often now, but it's nothing new. [It's] not too much pressure at all....

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Joel @FishDuck.com believes that after years of criticism, it's time to give Nick Aliotti his due.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the once often-maligned Oregon defense is good. Really good. What Oregon will put on the field September 1st will be a defense built on speed, speed and more speed.

Good read, check it out here.

• Brandon P. Oliver reports the Ducks are still targeting running backs on the recruiting trail (Insider access required)...

Even though they have two elite running backs already on board for the class of 2013 the Oregon Ducks are not done at the position. A couple elite national prospects are still looking at the Ducks as an option. 


Derrick Green (Richmond, Va/Hermitage) and Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga/Norcross) both have the Ducks among their top groups.

• Aaron Fentress previews the kickers and punters for 2012.

Reasons for optimism: Rice averaged 45.9 yards per attempt with 17 traveling 50-plus yards and another 17 landing inside the opponent's 20-yard-line. Beard is a proven commodity. He made 10 of 13 field goals in 2010 and 2 of 2 last season before injuries reduced him to only kicking off. Maldonado had a solid first season being thrust into a prime, kicking role.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his latest FishDuck weekly video log. This weeks topics include the following:

Olympics (0:27), Oregon sports update (0:58), Hot Tub rumors (2:03), Pac-12 media day (2:45), Music video premiere parties (4:20), FishDuck.com update (5:42) Random Tweet of the Week (6:44), Music Recommendation of the Week (6:56)...

Aaron Fentress previews the offensive line.

Reasons for optimism: Oregon has routinely replaced linemen and kept right on steam rolling opponents. This year should see more of the same. Sophomore center Hroniss Grasu returns after an impressive freshman season that led to his name landing on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the country's top center. Nick Cody returns at right tackle. Ryan Clanton played in 11 games last season as one of the team's top reserves. He and sophomore Jake Fisher are candidates to start at left tackle and right guard, respectively. Junior guard Everett Benyard also is in the mix. Then there is a host of players from the 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes who could contribute, such as Andre Yruretagoyena and Tyler Johnstone, both four-star recruits from last year.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Aaron Fentress previews the Oregon running backs.

Kenjon Barner was so productive as a reserve that his 1,856 yards and 20 touchdowns on 304 carries places him within 1,441 yards of becoming the program's second all-time rusher behind LaMichael James (5,082). Barner has performed spectacularly in spot starts during his career and had his most productive season last year (939 yards, 11 touchdowns). His career 6.1 yards per carry average suggests that if given 300 carries in 13 games he could put up one of the greatest seasons in school history. Then there's De'Anthony Thomas, who produced 595 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground with just 55 carries (10.8 yards per carry).

Rob Moseley previews the receivers and tight ends.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Among Oregon's top six pass receivers in 2011, just two were true wideouts — Huff and Lavasier Tuinei. Filling out the top six were the tight end Paulson and three running backs, Thomas, Barner and LaMichael James. The guess here is that it's a different story this season. With guys like Rahsaan Vaughn, Daryle Hawkins and B.J. Kelley poised to take a step forward, this projects as a deeper, more productive crew. And there's worlds of talent behind the vets, any number of which could blossom this fall, as well. Tight end is the same story; a likely burgeoning standout in Colt Lyerla, and intriguing talent behind him. The Ducks aren't in great shape here, but they've proven they don't need game-breakers at receiver in order to be prolific on offense with Chip Kelly running the show.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Dan Rubenstein @SB_Nation gives us a Pac-12 preview where you will find Oregon prominently mentioned.

Brandon P. Oliver believes the linebacking corps is the key to the Oregon defense.

This year's crop of linebackers may be among the strongest groups yet, as the Ducks return three upperclassmen that could all challenge for all-league accolades. There is plenty of young talent waiting in the wings and this season should provide those players plenty of opportunity to get more game experience.


• Josh White @FishDuck.com believes size has arrived at Oregon.

Rob Moseley details position changes and new numbers for some of the football squad.

• Aaron Fentress previews the QB position as we head into fall camp.

Reasons for optimism: Since moving to the spread-option attack in 2005, Oregon has never had this much raw talent at the position. Kellen Clemens and Dennis Dixon on the 2005 roster come close. But only Dixon possessed the running ability displayed by both Bennett and Mariota. Each is perfectly equipped to run Oregon's spread-option offense. [Darron] Thomas, the starter the past two years, threw a school record 66 touchdown passes but wasn't a dynamic runner. Both Bennett and Mariota have the ability to take Oregon's offense to another level.

Rob Moseley previews the running back position heading into fall camp and details the "bottom line."

If everybody stays healthy, and Byron Marshall comes in ready to contribute five to 10 carries per game, the Ducks will be fine. But those are not insignificant "ifs". Kenjon Barner has an injury history, De'Anthony Thomas is slight of build and most valuable in an all-purpose role, Marshall is at an age where predicting any impact is tricky, and the walk-ons are unproven. The Ducks should be able to expect a greater running threat at quarterback than they got the last two years, regardless of which player wins that job, but that doesn't mitigate the potential for things to go awry in the running game due an injury or two, or a young guy not developing.


In short, the two-deep has some exceptional talent, top of the line on a national scale, not just in the Pac-12. But the possibility also exists the the Ducks could go from riches to rags here in a hurry.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



• Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one +one as talks with "O Time" creator Chris "Xile" Kautzy and Jared Sawyer as they talk music and their love of Oregon football.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Oregon football gets a little love for their Rose Bowl victory in this Pac-12 Conference video.

• Rob Moseley previews the quarterback position heading into fall camp.

The premier storyline of preseason camp figures to be the battle between Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota for the right to take over one of the nation's most explosive offenses. After a promising year backing up Darron Thomas, in which Bennett helped the Ducks hold off Arizona State at home and then started in a win at Colorado, the sophomore has a definitive edge in experience. But Mariota played even with him in spring practices, coaches said, and then got the better of the spring game.


• Joey Holland @FishDuck.com believes some current players have the ability to shake up the record books, such as Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas, John Boyett and Dion Jordan.

• Lindsay Schnell notes former Oregon QB, Joey Harrington, will be joining Fox Sports as a football analyst for their pregame show this fall.

Harrington will join former ESPN College GameDay reporter Erin Andrews and former Ohio State standout Eddie George in the studio.

Congrats Joey.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Back from a trip to Seattle to watch the Yankees take on the Mariners and it was epic (thanks Dave.). Not only the win Monday night, but the Ichiro trade was a definite bonus.

• The video above is from the Pac-12 Conference has Chip Kelly, Michael Clay and Kenjon Barner answering questions (skip to 1:35) from the media yesterday in Los Angeles.

Ted Miller notes the main talking points during Oregon's Media Day press conference.

Oregon was picked by the media to win the North division of the Pac-12 but lose to USC in the title game.

Mark Flores @FishDuck.com keeps us up to date with all the latest news in recruiting.

LaMichael James said goodbye to Eugene as prepares to enter training camp for the 49er's.

“It’s hard to say goodbye to a community you’ve been involved with for four years,” James said Friday. “It breaks my heart to leave. I sincerely cried that I have to go, but also because I’m excited to live out my dream.


“I’ll miss all my teammates very much. I just hope that I can stay involved in the Oregon community and that they don’t forget about me.”

Good luck LMJ. I seriously doubt you will ever be forgotten.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud




• I am taking a few days off to have some fun in Seattle. Please enjoy these Michael Clay highlights from last year. I will return with regular posts tomorrow.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud




• I am taking a few days off to have some fun in Seattle. Please enjoy these John Boyett highlights from last year. I will return with regular posts on Wednesday.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• I am taking a few days off to have some fun in Seattle. Please enjoy these Bryan Bennett highlights from last year. I will return with regular posts on Wednesday.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



John Boyett talks about summer workouts and getting ready for fall camp. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Rob Moseley reports former UO receiver Justin Hoffman will remain with the Ducks as an undergraduate assistant coach this fall, the Ducks announced today, continuing in a role he filled during spring drills.

• De'Anthony Thomas was named to the Walter Camp Award watch list yesterday. The award is given annually to the best player in college football.

•  Ted Miller previews the punters across the Pac-12 while Steve Summers previews the Oregon defensive line.

Miller: Oregon-Great Shape: Jackson Rice was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. The Ducks were No. 1 in the nation in net punting last year. Really not much else to say.

Summers: The Oregon defensive line is becoming one of the strengths of the team by bringing back three returning starters and adding some of the best recruits ever to come to Oregon.

• Josh White @FishDuck.com looks back at one of the great wins in Autzen history, 2009 Cal vs Oregon matchup

The Autzen crowd on that sunny September 26th gameday was basking in both sun and nervous anticipation entering Pac-10 play.Oregon came out wearing a green and yellow “throwback” uniform combination that had not been seen since the 1998 season, the look a welcome change from the variety of modern looks, and fans hoped the Ducks could channel even a shred of the offensive prowess displayed by the 1998 Ducks. After three close games to start the season, Duck fans were longing for a decisive win, and #6 Cal was thought to be the biggest test on the schedule to that point.


The Autzen faithful would experience a day not to be forgotten.

I remember that game very well and it still remains as one of my best Oregon memories.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud





Rob Moseley interviews Marcus Mariota and Bryan Bennett. They discuss the summer workout sessions and preparing for fall camp and the inevitable competition between each other.

Kenjon Barner has been named on the Doak Walker Award watch list given each year to the nation's top running back.

John Canzano lays out his 10 through 4 spots for the top 25 most influential people in Oregon Sports where you will find Aston Eaton (10), Rob Mullens (9) and Chip Kelly (4) on the list.

• Josh Schlichter @FishDuck.com wonders how you can top the best?

Darron Thomas, who is properly known as the best statistical quarterback in Oregon’s history, and a masterful manager of the no-huddle offense.


Whoever it may be (Bennett or Mariota,) the next Oregon quarterback will be expected to do great things, and take the next step in the development of Chip Kelly’s masterpiece.

Ted Miller and Steve Summers preview the safety and offensive line positions.

Miller on the safeties: (great shape): Boyett is slated to be a rare four-year starter. Not only has he been very good for the Ducks, he's improved every year. Replacing Eddie Pleasant is the biggest challenge for the Ducks defense, but Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson both have plenty of ability, as does Erick Dargan. 

Summers on the OL: Last season the Oregon Ducks scored 645 points, averaging 46.1 points per game. The Ducks amassed 7,319 yards, 522.8 ypg and a 7.2 ypp average. There are really no other statistics that can gauge the performance of an offensive line, those will have to do -- and those aren't bad numbers at all!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with former WR Damon Griffin (94-98.)

• Steve Summers previews the Oregon receiving position.

Many people believe Oregon uses the pass to take pressure off the running game, but looking as the statistics show that while the Ducks scored 42 touchdowns last year by running the ball, they also scored 39 TDs through the air. This year, defenses will have to keep track of a lot of talented receivers.


Ted Miller previews the cornerback position in the Pac-12 and you'll find Oregon in his "great shape" category.

Terrance Mitchell and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu are a strong combination, and Troy Hill has significant experience. Dior Mathis also is in the mix.

Ted Miller notes the Pac-12 Network has released their August schedule guide which is broken down by region.

TheSeanGshow has compiled a pretty nice pump-up video (embedding not allowed...boo) for your enjoyment.

John Canzano lists the 11th through the 15th most influential people in Oregon Sports (out of the top 25.) You will find men's basketball head coach Dana Altman at #14.

Rob Moseley details how Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota have been preparing for their duel next month when fall camp opens.

In a little over six weeks, the Ducks will take the field for their season opener against Arkansas State, on Sept. 1. Only one of Bennett or Mariota will lead the Oregon offense out for its first drive, barring any trickery by the Ducks.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Just a little video to get you pumped up for the Pac-12 Network.

Rob Moseley details the lavish digs that will be available next year to student athletes and coaches in the new Operations Center currently under construction. Courtesy of Uncle Phil.

• John Canzano has a couple of Ducks on his most influential people in Oregon Sports with George Horton and De'Anthony Thomas coming in at number 19 and 17.

Mark Flores @FishDuck.com has his weekly recruiting update ready for your reading enjoyment.

• Steve Summers previews the Oregon running back position.

With Kenjon Barner, De'Anthony Thomas, Ayele Ford and newcomer Byron Marshall on the short list, the Ducks look to continue the trend of run first pass second.

Ted Miller previews the defensive end postion in the Pac-12 and has Oregon in the "great shape" category.

Dion Jordan is the best returning defensive end -- first-team All-Pac-12 in 2011 -- but his position has looked more line an outside linebacker of late. So he doesn't get a full chit here (the Ducks would have been an easy No. 1 here if he did). Taylor Hart, who mostly played tackle last year, Isaac Remington, Jared Ebert and touted freshman Arik Armstead give the Ducks a strong foursome.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Charles @FishDuck.com shares his inaugural defensive analysis video where he breaks down Oregon's defense.

Steve Summers previews the Oregon quarterback position.

Oregon fans were shocked when last year's starting quarterback Darron Thomas opted to pursue the NFL. The loss was mitigated because Bryan Bennett showed he could win. Last spring, that shock was abated when Marcus Mariota broke off a long touchdown run in the spring game. Now the question is, who will be the new Duck signal caller, Mariota or Bennett?

• Aaron Fentress notes Michael Clay, Dion Jordan and Carson York were named to Lombardi Award watch list.

• Ted Miller believes Oregon is in great shape as he reveiws the defensive tackles in the Pac-12.

The Ducks' top four are back from last season, though the underrated Taylor Hart is as much a defensive end in a 3-4 look as a defensive tackle. Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Heimuli give the Ducks two 300-plus pounders inside.

• Brandon P. Oliver wonders if there will be a drop off at running back this year?

Injuries aside, there is no reason to see the Ducks' run at the top of the rushing charts to come to an end any time soon. While the depth may not be what it has been in recent years, there isn't a drop off in talent.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Joel Gunderson @FishDuck.com believes the QB decision will have a lasting imprint on the Ducks football program.

This may be Chip’s biggest on-field decision so far as the main man in Eugene. Both men appear ready for the job, mentally and physically.


Let’s just hope the other sticks around to see it play out.

• Rob Moseley details how the football team is practicing this summer and the spirit of competition in everything they do.

In three weeks, the Ducks will open preseason camp, and spend a month preparing themselves to contend with the best the Pac-12 Conference has to offer. Over the previous several weeks, on the other hand, the competition has been in-house, with the UO football team split up into small squads for the summer and pitted against one another in everything from class attendance and weight-room improvements to a three-point shooting contest and hamburger cook-off.


Players say the new twist for the summer months has helped foster team chemistry, and given the Ducks added motivation as they push through conditioning workouts and summer school.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Steve Maher @FishDuck.com looks at four games on this years schedule where Oregon could be vulnerable.

Many in the media anticipate the Ducks winning their first eight going into Los Angeles against USC on Nov. 3. But there is at least two games before then — and two games after — where things could get dicey for Oregon.


Sept. 29: Oregon at WSU (in Seattle); Oct. 6: Washington at Oregon; Nov. 10: Oregon at Cal and Nov. 17: Stanford at Oregon.

Steve goes on to break down his reasoning for each game here.

• Rob Moseley notes the University of Oregon is taking steps to institute random drug testing of its student-athletes.

Adam Jude reports one of the Ducks most productive hitters on the baseball team, Aaron Jones, has left the team to beocme a firefighter.

Jones, a catcher/outfielder, was drafted in the 18th round of MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies last month. Friday was the deadline for draft picks to sign with MLB clubs, but Jones did not sign. He would have two more seasons of eligibility left to compete for the Ducks — or another school, should he choose to transfer — but head coach George Horton said Jones' desire to become a firefighter is a "done deal."

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ted Miller reviews the Pac-12 linebacker position where you will find Oregon in great shape.

Is it just me or do some media folks not understand how good the Ducks are at LB? Did they not see Kiko Alonso turn the Rose Bowl into the Kiko Bowl? Michael Clay had 102 tackles last year and should be in the all-conference mix. Boseko Lokombo has seen significant action. And the young depth is promising. Further, if you go ahead and say the Ducks mostly run a 3-4 defense, you can toss in Dion Jordan as an OLB, though he's still officially a defensive end.

Rob Moseley notes the Ducks are hosting Eastern Washington in Autzen Stadium on Sept. 5, 2015.

• Allen Rittenberg reports the Pac-12/Big Ten partnership will not happen after all.

The conferences said Friday that their agreement, announced in December and set to begin in 2017, has been called off because of football scheduling issues involving several Pac-12 schools.

Josh White @FishDuck.com is checking the box for new Maehl, wondering who will step up to that go to receiver.


The upcoming season will provide opportunity for new faces to step in and produce. Will it be the veteran players like Josh Huff, Rahsaan Vaughn, Daryle Hawkins, or Blake Stanton? What about the redshirt freshmen from last year–BJ Kelley, Tacoi Sumler, or Devon Blackmon? How about an under the radar player like Eric Dungy, Will Murphy, or Chad Delaney? Lastly, can the Ducks count on the newest players Chance Allen, Bralon Addison, or Dwayne Stanford for any production in their first year?


One thing is certain; the Ducks will have some serious depth at receiver, and a new presumably effective quarterback throwing the passes. But, can any of these players have a Maehl-like season?

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



LaMichael James was in town yesterday hosting a fundraiser for a local high school student who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Video courtesy of KVAL.

Ted Miller has a piece (with video) on hope and concern for the Ducks. Chief hope, defense. An area of possible concern, the passing game with a new starting QB and unproven receivers.

• Brandon P. Miller says the Oregon recruits have done nothing to hurt their reputation during the late spring and summer and they maintain their ESPN 300 rankings.

Rob Moseley keeps us up to date on the latest awards watch list announcements.

John Boyett and Dion Jordan were named Thursday to a second watch list for an award honoring college football's defensive player of the year, and Carson York also has been named to an award's preseason watch list.


Boyett and Jordan were two of the 84 players named to the watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Award on Thursday...Carson York made the watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded by the FWAA to the nation's best interior lineman.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks one-on-one with Gridirongirl.org founder Nichole Brown, an Oregon graduate.

Ted Miller wonders who gets the most bang for the buck among Pac-12 coaches. Chip Kelly makes his list.

Kelly has delivered a super-elite level of performance in his three seasons. If you were to name the nation's best coaches, you wouldn't have to wait long after Nick Saban and Urban Meyer to get to Kelly. 


He gets big bucks, yes, but he has delivered unprecedented bang to the Ducks' program.

Mark Flores @FishDuck.com has his weekly recruiting update.

• Rob Moseley reports Jackson Rice has been named to the Ray Guy Award eatch list.

A senior from Moraga, Calif., Rice averaged 45.9 yards per punt on 48 attempts as a junior. In line to be a four-year starter, Rice has punted 149 times for a 42.7 average over the course of his career.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Josh Schlichter @FishDuck.com breaks down Washington State head coach Mike Leach's Air Attack.

• Ted Miller ranks the Pac-12 head coaching jobs and Oregon is number two on his list.

Is a coaching job all about the money? Is it about the prestige of the program? Is it about potential? Is it about location? Stadium size?  It's probably about all of those things.  


2. Oregon: The Ducks have become a national power. Great facilities. Sugar daddy booster in Nike boss Phil Knight. Cool town, too.


• Rob Moseley notes Oregon sophomore Hroniss Grasu was named Tuesday to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center.

• Brandon P. Oliver (ESPN Insider article) reports the three Oregon commits who attended Nike's "The Opening" all showed why they should be there.

Offensive lineman Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), running back Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) all displayed the ability to compete with the best in the country.


Of the three commits on hand, Dontre Wilson might have been the most impressive future Duck. The dynamic Wilson drew comparisons to another Texan turned Oregon Duck from multiple coaches.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• WR commit Darren Carrington talks about why he chose Oregon and what he is working on this summer. Video courtesy of Oregonlive.com.

• Rob Moseley notes four Ducks make the preseason watch lists for prestigous awards.

Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas make the Maxwell Award watch list (player of the year) and Dion Jordan along with John Boyett make the Bednarik Award list given to the defensive player of the year.

• Single game reserved tickets of all seven home games go on sale Thursday at 10am PDT at GoDucks.com.

• Ted Miller puts Oregon in the great shape category as he rates the Pac-12 offensive lines.

The Ducks must replace two starters -- we're assuming a healthy return from guard Carson York -- but they actually are upgrading athletically with Jake Fisher at left tackle and Ryan Clanton at right guard. Both are pretty experienced, too. There's also solid depth and plenty of young potential. And there's Steve Greatwood, who is just really, really good at coaching his offensive line in Chip Kelly's system.

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Keeerrrttt1 @ FishDuck.com celebrates his 50th Vlog and talks about Oregon athletics. Topics include:


Baseball/Softball postseason awards (1:15), Volleyball update (2:35), Olympics (3:33), Steve Nosler (5:00), FishDuck.com update (5:45), Random Tweet of the Week (8:33), Music Recommendation of the Week: (8:45)...


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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



On a slow news day I offer you my Josh Huff highlight video from the 2011 season. Here's hoping Huff has standout year in 2012.

Former Oregon QB Dennis Dixon has a Q&A with Daniel Mediate of the Oregonian.

Bob Rickert likes a highlight reel showing the best plays from the last decade.

Steve Maher @FishDuck.com shares his thoughts on Phil Steele's 2012 College Preview publication.

Brandon P. Oliver believes at Oregon size matters.(Insider article)

Chip Kelly hasn't been shy about admitting the disadvantage his teams were faced with. The often brash head coach did something a lot of high-profile coaches wouldn't do. He admitted that his system might not always work against the mighty SEC without the proper personnel. 

One way to gauge Kelly's shift in philosophy is by looking at the defensive linemen the Ducks brought in this past recruiting cycle: 6-foot-8, 297-pound Arik Armstead; 6-foot-7, 240-pound DeForest Buckner; 6-foot-4, 260-pound Alex Balducci; 6-foot-6, 230-pound Cody Carriger and 6-foot-7, 275-pound Stetson Bair. 

After years of having smaller and quicker defensive linemen, the Ducks look to be building a front wall that can match the size and power of the NFL lineman factories in the Southeast.


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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon commit, RB Dontre Wilson is in Portland attending Nike's "The Opening." An invitation only football camp and explains his reasoning on choosing Oregon.

"It's really the offense and the size of the running backs that made me want to come to Oregon," Wilson said. "The last couple years their running backs have gone to the NFL. So I think if I go there, I can carry on that legacy."

• Kevin Gemmell weighs in on Phil Steele's Pac-12 bowl projections which has Oregon playing in the Orange Bowl.

• The most intriguing game for Oregon in the Pac-12 North this year? This poll currently is deadlocked with either the Washington game at home or the road game against Cal.

Aaron Fentress reports Oregon pitcher Jake Reed has been named to Baseball America's 2012 Freshman All-America second team.

Reed, currently playing with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, went 8-4 last season with a 2.92 ERA and had 15 quality starts. He was also named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and received Pac-12 honorable mention honors.

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



The Pac-12 Network produced this video and offers the following information:

Did you know that Pac-12 Networks will be launching on August 15? That's seven networks in all. One national network and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12. Plus TV Everywhere. More live sports, more national championships, and more digital innovations to connect Pac-12 fans to their favorite teams everywhere. Here's a small taste of the 24x7 coverage that will be available on the network. 

To find out if you can get Pac-12 Networks from your television provider, go here:
http://iwantpac12networks.pac-12.org/

Josh White @FishDuck.com opens the history book and looks at Keenan Howry's part in a great season, 2001.

Rob Moseley is back from two weeks vacation and has some news regarding early enrollees:

Oregon's newcomers for 2012 are almost all here now that summer term at the university has begun. Freshmen Arik Armstead, Evan Baylis and Jake Rodrigues were of course here for the spring; the new enrollees include Bralon Addison, Chance Allen, Eric Amoako, Stephen Amoako, Brett Bafaro, Alex Balducci, Pharaoh Brown, DeForest Buckner, Cody Carriger, Terrence Daniel, Reggie Daniels, Oshay Dunmore, Jeff Lockie, Byron Marshall, Dwayne Stanford and JC transfers Stetzon Bair and Kyle Long. Presuming punter Dylan Ausherman finishes up his JC coursework and shows up in August, the Ducks will have qualified all their signees for the third straight year.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com goes one-on-one with former Oregon corenerback/safety Parris Moore who played from 2002 through 2006.

• How long before another team offers offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich his own head coaching job? This article suggests it is just a matter of time.

• Josh White @ FishDuck.com looks at the different ways teams who play Oregon will try to defend the spread offense.

Brandon P. Oliver believes a game breaking receiver could make a world of difference for the Ducks.

The current crop of wide receiver talent in Eugene is at an all-time high. Now it's time for one or two of the young and talented playmakers to rise above the rest and give Oregon a true threat on the outside.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• First off, Happy 4th of July to everyone out there.

Looking for an early glimpse at the probable star of the 2012-13 football season? Odds are favorable it will be the defense as Brandon P. Oliver reports.

2012 looks like the season it all comes together up front for the Ducks. The depth, size and talent are at an all-time high in Eugene, as key returners are back for another go around and a number of impact newcomers will be entering the fold.


Mark Flores @FishDuck.com has his weekly recruiting update ready for you to peruse.

• Kevin Gemmell has a week one Pac-12 North primer ready for your enjoyment. First up for the Duck is Arkansas St.

Did you know: Arkansas St. Head Coach (first year) Gus Malzahn won the Broyles Award -- which goes to the nation's top assistant coach -- for his work with Auburn and their title run in 2010-2011. Not that a win would make Oregon feel better for what happened in the title game, but hey, it can't hurt.

• Jon Wilner answers readers questions regarding specific coverage concerns regarding the new Pac-12 TV Network. Sounds pretty good if you are a Comcast customer in your favorite team's viewing area. Otherwise, there is a lot of grey area.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Josh Schlichter @FishDuck.com breaks down how to combat the scrape exchange style defense in this edition of the FishDuck Minute.

One key reason behind the Ducks' continued success is the their coaching stability according to this ESPN report.

In an era where coaches use schools as stepping stones and successful coaching staffs rarely have more than a couple of years together, the Ducks have a level of chemistry among the coaching staff that has helped fuel their meteoric rise to the top.

Recruit and reload then make another run to a Pac-12 title.

Is this the year the Ducks prove that they truly belong among the truly elite programs? Another run to the BCS after the loss of some of the best players in program history will speak volumes about where the Ducks truly stand.

• Sean Meagher reports that Oregon picked up another verbal commit, this time from Los Alamitos, CA OL Alex Redmond. Redmond is a three star player coming in at 6'4" and 290 lbs.

• Aaron Fentress notes blue chip recruit RB Thomas Tyner plans to join the team next spring.

Tyner, a five-star recruit ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 2 running back in the country, said he shouldn't have to take any extra course work to graduate early. He plans to major in journalism at Oregon.


"It's a whole new system to learn and I want a head start," Tyner said. "I've been dying to get down to Eugene and suit up. Who wouldn't want to play at Autzen?"

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Keeerrrttt1 @FishDuck.com talks Oregon athletics in his 49th Vlog. Topics include:

Basketball rule change (0:35), Football update (1:04), Track & Field update (4:00), FishDuck.com update (7:25), Random Tweet of the Week (9:36), Music Recommendation of the Week: (9:50)...

• Joel @FishDuck.com believes Chip Kelly's tenure, no matter how long, is one for the record books.

It took a coach with that elusive “it” factor to shed the up-and-comers label that Oregon had been tabbed with since the 2001 season when the team finished #2 in the final BCS rankings. The Ol’-Ball-Coach Steve Spurrier had it at Florida. Barry Switzer took it to Oklahoma. Now Chip Kelly has turned it loose in Eugene, we have all been witness to the staggering results.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud




• Summertime and nothing really happening in the world of Duck football (which is good) I decided to go back and look at 2011-12 player highlights for returning players. Here we have returning senior RB Kenjon Barner. Enjoy!

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