Thursday, March 21, 2013
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Jonathan Loyd and Carlos Emory talk about containing Oklahoma St. point guard Marcus Smart. Video courtesy of the RG.
• The Oregonian takes a closer look at Oklahoma St.'s star player Marcus Smart.
• Adam Jude reports Oregon freshman point guard Dominic Artis is back to 100% and excited to play in the Bay Area in front of family and friends.
• Dana Altman talks with Jim Rome about the big game today and the seeding. Audio included.
• Rob Moseley talks about running backs as we get closer to spring practice.
The Ducks will feel good entering the summer if: Byron Marshall takes another step forward and looks like a viable starter in the two-back situations for which Thomas, in a tazer role, is best suited.
• Ted Miller looks at the biggest shoes to fill for Oregon and names LB's Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay.
Derrick Malone is close to a sure thing. He was a primary reserve last year, replacing Clay and Alonso when they were hurt, and he finished with 41 tackles. Rodney Hardrick saw less action in 2012 than he did as a true freshman the season before, so there's a feeling he might have been hurt more than he regressed (this take courtesy of Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard more so than a vague hint from coordinator Nick Aliotti). Sophomore Tyson Coleman can play inside or outside, but he seems more likely to backup Boseko Lokombo because he's got pass-rushing skills. There's also sophomore Rahim Cassell and redshirt freshman Brett Bafaro, and you'd think JC transfer Joe Walker wasn't brought in to sit on the bench. There are options here, but it's hard to imagine the Ducks won't take a step back on the position in 2013.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:36 AM