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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has the practice report for yesterday.

Most Entertaining: An 11-on-11 period to close the day, with the offense having the opportunity to drive the field. During the first possession, Marcus Mariota and De'Anthony Thomas put on an absolute show, seeming to trade big plays back and forth. The drill did end short of the end zone, however, and Matt Wogan made a 34-yard field goal. In his other two chances to direct drives, Mariota had one possession end on a pass broken up in the end zone by Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, then completed a touchdown pass to Daryle Hawkins on literally the last play of the day.

The Heisman Pundit likes Marcus Mariota and has him in the #2 spot on their top ten list.

The offensive juggernaut in Eugene is bound to produce a Heisman at some point and this could be the year. Mariota is coming off a spectacular freshman season where he produced 3,429 yards of total offense and 38 touchdowns. He should be even better in 2013, which means he’s likely to have the kind of numbers we've come to expect from recent Heisman winners. Mariota has good name recognition and he plays for a national title contending squad. He’s got early-season games against Virginia and Tennessee to give him some momentum (and some exposure on the East Coast) and late-season showdowns against Stanford and, potentially, in the Pac-12 title game, to help him seal the deal. Mariota should emerge as the Pac-12′s leading Heisman candidate.

■ David Piper @ATQ previews the running backs.

■ Erik McKinney believes CB Arrion Springs is Oregon's most important verbal commit recruit to date for 2014.

■ Jason Quick profiles Tyson Coleman.

■ The Sports Xchange previews Oregon heading into the start of the season.

Dustin Haines decidedly won the job as the holder on extra points and field goal attempts.

Mark Flores recaps the week in Oregon recruiting.

■ Chip Kelly chose Michael Vick as his starting QB over Nick Foles.

■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at safety Brian Jackson.

Jackson just quietly does his work, the janitor and night watchman in the secondary, a crunching tackler who has built his game through film study, hard work, and dedication in the weight room. He's smart. He's completed one degree and he's working on a second, a serious student in and out of football who stays connected to family in his hometown of Hoover, Alabama through telephone and text, with his younger brother through the Xbox headset.

GO DUCKS!

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