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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Rob Moseley has your morning and afternoon practice report.
Morning Mud

Morning: It was a morning of extremes; mostly a lot of teaching periods, interspersed with some high-intensity clutch situations. Right off the bat, Alejandro Maldonado and Matt Wogan were summoned for surprise field-goal attempts, and each went 2-for-2. Then in the middle of the practice, a single third-down snap on which the offense came up just shy of the first-down marker. Edge, defense.

AfternoonAs far as highlights from inside practice, Helfrich said that, had today been a scored competition day, the offense would have won. They got the best of an 11-on-11 scenario noted below. And during the third-down seven-on-seven period, Marcus Mariota was ripping it up as usual, with completions of note to De'Anthony Thomas and Keanon Lowe. Two freshmen hooked up for a conversion, too, when Devon Allen hauled in a Damion Hobbs pass.

■ Dale Newton believes the d-line will get an early test from an experienced Tennessee offensive front.

Ted Miller has Oregon up in his best case worst case scenarios.

■ Kevin Gemmell believes the Pac-12 is closing the gap when it comes to perceptions about defense.

■ De'Anthony and Ifo made it on the All-Herbie team which was announced last night on ESPN.

■ Dale Newton looks back at 2008-2009 when Jeremiah Masoli was the QB of the high flying Duck offense.

Dwayne Stanford returned to practice after recovering from knee surgery.

Ken Goe wonders if Mark Helfrich will have the same success as Mike Bellotti and Chip Kelly after being promoted from offensive coordinator.

Darron Thomas signed a deal with indoor arena team the Lincoln Haymakers.

■ Ifo Ekpre-Olumu is #8 on ESPN's top 25 for the Pac-12.

Emerged as one of the premier defensive players in the country last year and was a turnover machine with his four picks and six forced fumbles. Now he comes into 2013 regarded by many as the top cornerback prospect in the country.


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