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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
• Ted Miller pegs Kenjon Barner as the number six pick for his Pac-12 top 25 for 2012 list.

Barner, a consensus All-American, and his predecessor and best buddy, LaMichael James, are peas in a pod. Or, if you don't like that cliché, just know they sit beside each other in the Oregon record book. Barner's 21 rushing touchdowns tie him with James for most in a single season for a Ducks back. Barner also is the school's second leading rusher behind James with 3,623 yards. His 5,869 career all-purpose yards are 21 yards shy of James' school record. He got the jump on James when he rushed for a school-record 321 yards on a career-high 38 attempts and tied for a career-high with five touchdowns in a victory at USC. 

While Barner operated mostly in James' shadow for three years, he entered the season as the Ducks' featured back and exceeded already high expectations, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors, which was darn near as impressive as his All-America honors, considering Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin also were named All-Americans. And, like James, Barner, rated the No. 5 available running back in the draft by Mel Kiper, is expected to have an NFL career. Most important, of course, Barner, understated but always insightful, is a member of the Pac-12 blog's All-Interview team. He will be missed by reporters as well as Ducks fans.

Kenjon is also one of four finalists for the cover of the next EA Sports NCAA Football.

• Steve Greenberg says that Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is ready for Marcus Mariota to explode.

Rob Moseley has a nice story on Dustin Haines who might be at the bottom of the QB depth chart but leads the chart in the community service category.

Ryon Healy has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for his outstanding play against Hawaii last week.

Healy led the Ducks to a season-opening series sweep of Hawaii over the weekend. He batted .533 (8-for-15) with two multi-hit games and wrapped up the series with .588 on base percentage and a .933 slugging percentage.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Healy crushed it in his first series. Go Ducks!