Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
■ Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota talk to the assembled reporters during yesterday's Media Day.
■ Andy McNamara provides his take on the first day of practice.
Outside of a few new faces, the schedule, pace and drills remained basically identical to recent years … As previously reported, incoming freshman running back Thomas Tyner is indeed fast, but more impressive to me was how quick his feet are and his ability to accelerate into and out of cuts … Freshman offensive lineman Doug Brenner, the younger brother of UO four-sport student-athlete Liz Brenner, took some snaps at center … It was great to see the leadership of veteran receivers Josh Huff and Keanon Lowe, coaching up newcomers Chris Tewhill and Devon Allen. The WR unit is Oregon’s most experienced group on offense … The size and athleticism on Oregon’s defensive line is a sight to behold.
■ Sports Illustrated takes a closer look at Oregon's uniforms. Style and substance.
The Oregon Ducks’ football uniforms are sort of the original trendsetter in the category, taking uniforms from an obligatory piece of function to a key component in an overall branding strategy.
■ De'Anthony Thomas talks about his summer, expectations and his new pet iguana.
■ Cameron Pettus explains the "cover zero" defense Oregon uses when our opposition is close to scoring.
■ Dale Newton would like to see a little more personality during player interviews.
■ Ted Miller has Colt Lyerla and #20 in his Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013.
Lyerla is versatile, and the Ducks like to use him all over the field -- split out, on the line, and even in the backfield as a lead blocker or ball carrier. At 6-5, 250, he's a mismatch in coverage and when he goes over the middle, he can completely change a defenses' game plan. His understated performance against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl -- three catches for 52 yards -- completely changed the way K-State had to play defense. Expect high marks and postseason honors for Lyerla in 2013.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:05 AM