Thursday, May 16, 2013
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
■ Ricky going pro? A little fun from GoDucksdotcom.
■ How about this play from Ryan Hambright to rob Gonzaga of a base hit yesterday as the Ducks won 4-1.
■ J.J. Altobelli drove in two runs on a squeeze play to break a tie and lead No. 6 Oregon to a 4-1 win over Gonzaga on Wednesday night at PK Park.
■ Nathan Roholt chooses his top ten most influential play of the last ten years, first up is numbers ten through six.
■ Mel Kiper (Insider articles $) believes De'Anthony Thomas is the best running back when it comes to NFL prospects and has Ifo Ekpre-Olumu as the third ranked cornerback prospect for the NFL.
On DAT: Is he a running back? He's a little bit of everything, but he's a running back on my board because handing him the ball is the quickest way to get it to him, and getting him the ball is the most important thing. Last year, Thomas turned 92 carries into 701 yards, good for 7.6 yards per carry. This after a freshman year where he averaged an absurd 10.6 yards per carry on his 55 touches. So over his first two years, Thomas averaged 8.8 yards per carry, and the sample size is no longer miniscule.
Yes, he can also catch it, as he has 91 receptions over his first two seasons. And he's terrifying in the return game. Thomas will never be a bulk-carry runner, and he doesn't have the route-running skills of a guy like Tavon Austin, who he might be compared to based on the burst. But he's a 180-pound game-breaker, a sprinter with the shiftiness to make people miss and he has added more muscle to his frame since he broke USC's heart and headed to Eugene.
On Ifo: Extremely good when the play is in front of him, Ekpre-Olomu is explosive out of his backpedal and will close quickly to deliver a big hit or jump a throw to take it the other way. He has good ball skills and led the conference in passes defensed last season.
Also a wide receiver and running back in high school, he's a physical corner who understands routes and will step up to make tackles or put his hat on the ball.
■ O Heroes announced it will host the 16th annual Quackin' Action community service event on Sunday, May 19, at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:37 AM