Friday, March 29, 2013
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Jonathan Loyd talks with KEZI yesterday about playing Louisville.
• GoDucksdotcom shares their video of the first day practicing at Indianapolis.
• Jackson Long and GoDucks.com give you everything you need to know about the big game today.
• Ryon Healy's walk-off home run in the 10th leads to 5-3 victory over Washington.
Ryon Healy has done just about everything during his career at Oregon, but until Thursday night the junior had never hit a walk-off home run to win a game for the Ducks.
That changed when the Ducks’ leading hitter lined a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning over the left field wall to give Oregon a 5-3 win over Washington in a Pac-12 Conference game at PK Park. Healy became the first Duck to hit a walk-off home run since baseball was reinstated before the 2009 season.
• Aaron Fentress reviews the D-line heading into spring practice.
The only glaring hole to fill is at the hybrid linebacker/defensive end position that Dion Jordan manned. Junior Tony Washington, who had 20 tackles last year, figures to get the first shot at the job while versatile sophomore Christian French also will compete for playing time there, according to coach Mark Helfrich. Other than spot, the rest of the group should offer no real surprises for new position coach Ron Aiken as the veterans continue their high-level of play and the next wave of young players continue to mature. Look for Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner to compete for starting jobs at the 3-4 defensive end spot opposite Taylor Hart. Both also could play tackle or nose guard in Oregon's versatile defense.
• Joey Holland wonders if the addition of heralded running back Thomas Tyner will be the spark the Ducks need to break into the triple digit category. Not likely is my thought.
• Rob Moseley previews the linebackers heading into spring practice.
The Ducks are very strong at the outside linebacker spots, with the potential to be outstanding. Yes, they lost an exceptional player in Dion Jordan. But if Boseko Lokombo can take the next step in his development, he'll be an all-conference level player. And Tony Washington came on toward the latter part of last season, becoming a guy both teammates and coaches express a lot of faith in, as a leader as well as a productive player.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:38 AM