Today’s walk-through for the Ducks, two days prior to facing Utah in Autzen Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, featured ample time devoted to special teams. That meant ample work for safety Erick Dargan, who has excelled in the kicking game more than any other UO player so far this season.
Dargan, a junior from Pittsburg, Calif., is Oregon’s current leader in the points system coaches use to designate their special teams player of the year. He’s also the rare Duck who starts on all four of the primary special teams units – kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return.
■ Erik Skopil wonders if Oregon can avoid a Cardinal hangover against Utah.
■ Ken Goe wonders much the same thing as Utah presents a tough defense with their defensive prowess.
■ Kevin Gemmell also is concerned if Oregon can "bounce back."
■ Andrew Greif previews the Utah game and takes a closer look at receivers coach Matt Lubick.
■ Beth Maiman has a short Q&A with offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone.
■ Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller see a lopsided Duck victory on Saturday.
Gemmell: Like Stanford, Utah provides a similar physical challenge on the line and in the front seven. The difference is the Utes haven't been able to get it done on the road. And trying to do it in Autzen -- after an Oregon loss -- doesn't bode well for the Utes. The Ducks need to make a statement, and my gut says it will be at Utah's expense. Oregon 49, Utah 28.