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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Monday practice report.

Highlights: From the department of broken records, it was another sharp day throwing the football for Marcus Mariota. In two different 11-on-11 periods, he did a nice job of extending plays with his feet by rolling to his left and then squaring his shoulders for a touchdown pass, once to Keanon Lowe and once to Pharaoh Brown. Mariota also had touchdowns to Bralon Addison and Daryle Hawkins during a red-zone period.

Jason Quick gives you a sneak peek at the Oregon vs Stanford game.

Charles Fisher lays out what fans should watch for on Thursday night.

Ted Miller continues to have Oregon on top of the Pac-12 power rankings.

De'Anthony thinks Oregon will put at least 40 on the scoreboard vs Stanford.

Byron Marshall will enjoy his homecoming this week.

ESPN is giving the Oregon-Stanford game special treatment on Thursday. has posted the weekly football release for the Stanford game.

■ Marcus Mariota was named a semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award.

■ Joseph Hoyt has a Q&A with offensive coordinator Scott Frost.

■ Mel Kiper and Todd McShay  (In$ider) who has the better offense, Oregon or Baylor?

If spread is the word to describe Baylor, then for Oregon it's "options." The Ducks can attack you with the zone-read, which by itself keeps the defense on edge with the threat of both the run and the pass; they also are very effective in the bubble-screen game and they also have the option of faking all three of those and going to the vertical play-action passing game.

This is where Marcus Mariota has really elevated this offense, as he is equally dangerous as both a runner and passer. Defenses have long been scared of Oregon's QBs' ability to run, but now they have to worry about the pass just as much. He can study pre-snap how many guys are in the box, which dictates whether he goes to a run or a pass, and then determine which side of the field has more defenders and exploit the opposite. Because of all the ways they can attack you, they're always a step ahead.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

The fact is, Oregon rejects (eh...Seastrunk) are Baylor gold. We have the horses.