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Monday, August 26, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your practice report for yesterday.

Highlights: The one chance for the ones to go head-to-head was FUJI to start the day, and Marcus Mariota marched the offense down the field, connecting with Josh Huff for a long completion to cap the drive. Marshall showed off his burst running between the tackles when the twos took the field. Mariota connected with De'Anthony Thomas for a long completion in a later team period, a rare misstep for the defense on this day.

A guy who stood out in particular was Erick Dargan; a starter late last season, Dargan is listed as a backup now that Avery Patterson is back, but Dargan isn't sulking. He made an explosive break on the ball to foil a pass during position drills, and later even took a rep as a scout in seven-on-seven. Tyson Coleman had a rep that showed off his improved comfort level at inside linebacker, blasting through the line and forcing a back to jump outside, into the arms of another defender.

■ Oregon announced their official depth chart yesterday.

■ If you are an ESPN Insider ($) you'll find a lot of familiar names on Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay's "picks and prospects" list.

■ Jason Quick gives you a sneak peek at Saturday's opponent Nicholls St.

ESPN and the Sporting News both have Stanford and Oregon as the top two teams in the Pac-12 conference power rankings.

ESPN: The Ducks are again a preseason top-five team and national title contender, with their North Division rivalry with Stanford becoming one of college football's must-see games. There are plenty of reasons to believe that new coach Mark Helfrich, stepping up from offensive coordinator, will maintain the juggernaut Chip Kelly built, including having just about all of Kelly's assistant coaches coming back. But there is certainty only in seeing it happen on the field. The Ducks do have an advantage in terms of schedule, with Stanford playing USC, UCLA and Arizona State, and Oregon missing the Trojans and Sun Devils. And Stanford doesn't play Colorado, either.


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