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Friday, February 01, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley reviews the line backing corp heading into spring.

There's probably no bigger question mark on the team, with a nod to the running back and placekicking situations, than how the Ducks replace Clay and Alonso. On the field during the Fiesta Bowl trophy presentation, I saw a potentially telling moment — Hardrick and Malone shaking hands, big smiles on their faces, saying to each other essentially, "All right, it's our time now. Let's do this again next year." Not to suggest they're the two sure things, but for what it's worth, I would already have projected them as the likely starters entering spring...

Ted Miller looks at the team and individual Pac-12 highs and lows where you'll find plenty of Oregon references.

• Scott Frost has been officially names the new offensive coordinator and QB coach.

Ron Aiken has been hired as the new D-line coach which completes the coaching staff.

A three star QB from Texas (Damion Hobbs) reportedly commits to Oregon.

• Aaron Fentress takes a closer look at TE commit John Mundt.

• Joey Holland gives us a brief history of Autzen Stadium.

• Ifo Ekpre-Olomu comes in at #18 on the ESPN Pac-12 top 25 for 2012.

Teams tested Ekpre-Olomu this year. He passed. The first-team All-Pac-12 corner led the conference with 20 pass breakups, as teams tried to attack the unproven sophomore lining up opposite Terrance Mitchell, and he proved up to the task. He was the most productive member of a secondary that ranked second in the conference and 15th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Foes averaged just 5.79 yard per attempt. But the bottom line for Ekpre-Olomu is the turnovers. He forced 10 this season, an incredible number. He and Mitchell will give the Ducks perhaps the best tandem of CBs in the nation next fall.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Excited and nervous about the upcoming signing day...we'll see!