Thursday, October 31, 2013
De'Anthony Thomas has said for the last couple weeks he's felt good in practices, but that the injury remained a mental hurdle. That he feels OK was illustrated today during a video shoot for ESPN, during which Thomas had no concerns about briefly jumping rope.
"I've just got to get it out of my mind and get back to normal," he said.
Given the playing time he got against UCLA, Thomas figures to be more comfortable cutting it loose against the Cardinal.
"I should be more ready, and more effective in the offense," Thomas said.
■ Marcus Mariota is becoming a regular fixture on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
■ Andrew Greif believes Stanford might have a secret weapon they'll utilize when they play the Ducks on Nov. 7.
■ Oregon is in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 North. Didn't need Kevin Gemmell to tell me that :-) ...
Oregon (8-0 overall, 5-0 Pac-12) is in the driver’s seat and leads the division with an undefeated record in conference play. Stanford (7-1, 5-1) is right behind, so obviously next week's showdown will have a massive bearing on the outcome of the division.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:39 AM
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Physically, today involved only about 45 minutes’ worth of calisthenics – lunges, bear crawls and such. But there was more to it than that.
“Today’s just about team-building,” UO coach Mark Helfrich said. “Get them moving a little bit, get the kinks out from the game, get treatment, get healthy and then get cranking tomorrow.”
■ Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu received more attention yesterday. Mariota was named a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Award and Ekpre-Olumu was named a semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.
■ Jason Quick has a nice story on OL Mana Greig.
■ The pink helmets worn during the Washington St. game raised more than $200k for cancer research and programs.
■ Ted Miller looks at the latest numbers in this edition of Pac-12 Stat Attack. Plenty of Oregon mentions.
Oregon leads the Pac-12 in turnover margin. It's plus-13 for the season, having forced a conference-high 23 turnovers.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Ducks have met all challenges with a dominant effort. No team has been able to end up within three touchdowns of them after four quarters. Can Stanford solve the Oregon riddle at home on Nov. 7?
■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the top defensive back in college football.
■ Dale Newton looks at how Oregon surged to victory over UCLA.
■ Jason Quick says Byron Marshall has emerged as one of the nation's top running backs.
■ Charles Fisher analyzes several plays the Oregon defensive players show superior technique in getting tackles for a loss.
■ DL Justin Hollins out of Arlington, TX has given his verbal commitment to Oregon.
■ Ted Miller has a couple of thoughts on the pending matchup between Oregon and Stanford.
Stanford will have no chance against the Ducks without some passing game, and the one the Cardinal brought to Oregon State won't cut it against the Ducks defense, which might have the nation's best secondary.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:03 AM
Monday, October 28, 2013
Patterson had seven tackles with three coming for a loss and an interception in the Ducks' 42-14 win over No. 12 UCLA.
Marshall rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries (7.0 average) with three touchdowns in Oregon's win over UCLA.
■ The Ducks held steady at #2 in the AP and regained the #2 spot in the BCS.
■ Andrew Greif has took careful notes as Mark Helfrich answered media questions during the Sunday teleconference.
■ Dale Newton and Nathan Roholt share their thoughts on Saturday's win and the looming Stanford game.
■ Kevin Gemmell says we learned quite a bit about this Duck squad on Saturday.
Oregon simply needed 48 minutes instead of its usual 30 to dispatch a team, ranked or not. And it was refreshing to see how the Ducks would react to being punched back. They reacted like a championship team should.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
■ Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from the game played yesterday against UCLA. Enjoy the show.
Posted by Mike Wines at 12:08 PM
■ KEZI details the 42-14 Oregon victory.
■ It certainly was a dominant defensive second half for Oregon, a good tuneup for the Stanford game on Nov. 7.
Let's get started on all of the game stories: Andrew Greif liked Byron Marshall's effort; Jason Quick called it an inspiring second half effort (w/photos); Steve Summers liked the fake punt call early in the game; Robby Boydstun was also impressed with the defense; Rob Moseley liked how Byron Marshall stepped up and has a post game notebook plus a story on the defense; John Canzano has a nice piece on Nick Aliotti (good read); Chris Charbonnier called it a defensive domination; Mark Schlabach says Oregon's defense is ready for prime time; Dale Newton liked the defensive effort in the second half and has thought on what we learned; stories from the New York Times, ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.
■ Michael Arellano, Taylor Wilder, and Andrew Seng share some photos from the game.
■ I will be back later today with a highlight video so stay tuned.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Observations: Today was Oregon’s “Fast Friday,” an uptempo review of Thursday’s walk-through, so there were no highlights to report. … During the 10-minute scout-team scrimmage beforehand, Darren Carrington had a couple of nice receptions, Damion Hobbs had one of those completions and a deft keeper in the read-option, and running backs Lane Roseberry and J.J. Jones had long gains. … Today’s practice was a rare well-attended event on the sidelines, with ESPN’s crew on hand for portions of the morning and several family members of players, including Marcus Mariota and Hamani Stevens.
■ ESPN has this video preview of the game today.
■ Wade Evanson and Bob Laws preview today's game against UCLA.
■ Jason Quick says UCLA has concerns about their offensive line handling the Ducks pressure for the game today.
■ Andrew Greif has five things to watch for in today's game.
■ Jonathan Hawthorne wonders if we'll be witnessing a preview of the Pac-12 Championship Game.
■ Dale Newton looks at the bevy of recruits who will be on the sidelines for the game today.
■ Torrodney Prevot just keeps getting better according to Andrew Greif.
■ Victor Flores sits down with Kirk Herbstreit for a questions and answer session.
■ Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller both see an Oregon victory by at least 21. Personally, I see a 29 point Duck win, Oregon 56 - UCLA 27.
■ Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"
Oregon leads the FBS with 40 touchdown drives in 2 minutes or less, five fewer than they had all of last season. Since Chip Kelly left for the NFL, Oregon has not missed a beat. The Ducks are averaging about eight more points per game and scoring touchdowns at a higher rate in 2013 (51 percent) than 2012 (43 percent). In the first half, Oregon is averaging 18 seconds per play and has scored and FBS-high 26 of its 33 offensive touchdowns in 2 minutes or less.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:05 AM
Friday, October 25, 2013
As usual, this was the Ducks’ Thursday pregame walk-through, in which they review offense, defense and special teams plays against the scouts at a slow tempo. So, no highlights to report. ... A dense fog hung over Autzen Stadium when the workout began, but it burned off over the course of the morning. … UO coach Mark Helfrich plans to be on site for at least a portion of ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday morning. … Jake Pisarcik’s dad, former NFL quarterback Joe, and the parents of DeForest Buckner and Jake Fisher all were in attendance this morning.
■ Jonathan Hawthorne also had some thoughts on the practice yesterday.
■ Ken Goe has five questions for a Los Angeles area reporter who covers UCLA.
■ Dale Newton has key matchups for the game this weekend. and also wonders how De'Anthony will be used in his return to football this week.
■ Andrew Greif and Josh White preview the UCLA game.
■ Ted Miller has the UCLA vs Oregon game as the Pac-12 game of the week and tells you why.
■ Good story on Daryle Hawkins and how he goes the extra mile to balance school and football.
■ Kevin Gemmell lists what to watch in the Pac-12 this week and talks about the game at Autzen.
ESPN’s College Football GameDay will be in Oregon for the Bruins-Ducks showdown. While the Ducks' offense gets plenty of attention -- and rightfully so -- it’s that defense, allowing fewer than 18 points per game -- that has been equally spectacular, if not underappreciated. They’ll go against a UCLA offensive line that is young and a bit banged up. The Bruins scored a season-low 10 points in the loss last week to Stanford. Part of the decline has been the loss of running back Jordon James, who is questionable this week. In their last two weeks, per ESPN Stats & Information, UCLA backs have been hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 60 percent of their designed runs. In the first four games they had nine rushes of 20 yards or more. In the past two games, zero. On the flip side, Oregon has had no trouble running the ball (332.4 yards per game), and should be bolstered by the expected return of De’Anthony Thomas.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Highlights: Moments from throughout the day … Bralon Addison leaping for an underthrown deep ball, reaching behind the defensive back to get the football and hauling it in as he fell down. … Wade Keliiikipi reaching out with one hand and grabbing the jersey of a scout-team running back trying to race past, stopping him in his tracks. … Pharaoh Brown turning back to look for the ball in one-on-ones, seeing it coming to his other shoulder and spinning around 360 degrees to make the catch and continue his progress. …
Josh Huff reaching down to snare a pass just before it hit the turf, and managing to keep his balance and continue upfield. … A couple red-zone highlights for scouts: Kani Benoit blasting off tackle for a touchdown, and Tyree Robinson reaching out to break up a potential TD pass from Marcus Mariota to Johnny Mundt.
■ Ted Miller wonders what Oregon's weaknesses are? Really Ted? None of course.
■ Dale Newton wonders how the next two games will go, feast or famine?
■ Kevin Gemmell notes De'Anthony is expected to start against UCLA.
■ Bob Laws wonders if the Ducks are America's favorite team?
■ Colt Lyerla's troubles continue. Hopefully he can straighten his life out.
■ Ken Goe tells us what sets Marcus Mariota apart from the other QB's.
I particularly like Mariota's decision-making ability. He is avoiding crushing hits because of (a) his ability to read defenses, (b) his ability to make the right decision, and (c) his sheer speed, which makes him formidable on keepers, and when avoiding trouble if a pass play breaks down.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Highlights: Mariota put on his usual display during seven-on-seven, and showed off how well he checks through his progression. Keeping in mind there’s no pass rush in these situations, Mariota took the time on one rep to look around and notice Daryle Hawkins running free against busted coverage, then passed to him for the touchdown. Moments later, Mariota found Josh Huff being defended by a scout-team linebacker, and rifled another completion. Oregon’s starting quarterback also had a touchdown pass to Chance Allen during the period.
The scout-team defense made some plays of its own during the seven-on-seven session, though, notably an interception by Stephen Amoako off a backup quarterback. On the defensive field, Joe Walker and Tyrell Robinson came up with interceptions on back-to-back plays, with Robinson able to avoid traffic and break away for a probable pick-six.
■ Joseph Hoyt also has a recap of the practice session yesterday.
■ GoDucks.com has the weekly football release posted.
■ Nice look at Keanon Lowe and how he leads by example and being a role model.
■ Dale Newton lists ten things the Ducks did right against WSU.
■ Ted Miller has Oregon in most of the categories in his latest edition of "stat attack."
■ Inquiring minds want to know, have the Ducks been "holding back" for Stanford and UCLA?
■ Initial response from the Ducks on the initial BCS poll? Yawn...it's out of our control.
■ Marcus Mariota's Heisman buzz and NFL draft potential continue to rise.
Mariota’s draft prospects reached elite heights, according to separate outlets. The sports blog The Big Lead projected him as the No. 1 pick in their latest 2014 NFL Draft mock draft. In that scenario, the Jacksonville Jaguars would draft Mariota. Meanwhile Sports Illustrated released its latest mock draft that placed Mariota as the No. 3 overall pick.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:36 AM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
De’Anthony Thomas mentioned to reporters after practice that he did in fact participate; hopefully you read my story from Saturday in which he said he planned to play against UCLA. Thus, I feel comfortable passing along that, yes, he was back running around out there, and yes, he looks as quick as ever. … Mariota’s inability to get the offense into the end zone late was ironic, because he was absolutely on point otherwise. He had beautiful arcing, touch passes to Daryle Hawkins, Chad Delaney and Huff over the course of the morning, all for touchdowns. … Best defensive play might have been a leaping interception by Reggie Daniels, and swooped in from behind the intended receiver on the scout team and came away with the ball.
■ Sophomore running back Byron Marshall was named the running back performer of the week by College Football Performance Awards. The 5-foot-10, 201-pound back rushed for 192 yards on 21 carries to go along with three touchdowns in the Ducks’ 62-38 win over the Washington State Cougars. (courtesy of Justin Wise @ ODE)
■ Jason Quick and Dominic Vieira gives us a sneak peek at the UCLA Bruins.
■ Charles Fisher talks about some new Oregon strategies that reveal old secrets.
■ Ken Goe gives a thumbs up to the Nick Aliotti-Mike Leach controversy and how it was handled in the aftermath.
■ Kevin Gemmell has some nice things to say about the state of Oregon when it comes to college football.
■ Ted Miller continues to have Oregon at number one if the latest Pac-12 Power Rankings.
The Ducks, who have probably been the nation's most consistently dominant team, will get to show their stuff down the homestretch of the season, starting with a visit Saturday from UCLA with ESPN's "College GameDay" in town.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Oregon scored 62 points and totaled more than 700 yards in its win over Washington State. The scary thing is, the Ducks can be better. And the Cougs, as they did last year, made things interesting in the first half. But unlike the South, there is a true front-runner in the North. The Ducks are 4-0 in the conference and also perfect overall. Without question, they are the team to beat.
■ Oregon is still ranked 2nd in the AP but comes in at 3rd in the first BCS poll due in large part to Florida State's big move after beating Clemson.
■ Nick Aliotti apologized for his emotional comments (after the WSU game) during the weekly coaches call yesterday.
■ Mark Helfrich told the media that it is really hard to win and do it consistently during the coaches call yesterday.
■ If you haven't heard, ESPN's College Gameday is coming to town for the UCLA game on Saturday.
■ Jason Quick says signs point to De'Anthony Thomas playing again on Saturday.
■ Keanon Lowe says the block he threw to spring Thomas Tyner for a 66 yard touchdown was the highlight of his day against the Cougs.
"I think that goes for anybody in the group," Lowe said. "We want to get big-time blocks — touchdown blocks — just as much as we want to catch them, if not more so.
"That was definitely the highlight of my day."
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:02 AM
Sunday, October 20, 2013
■ ESPN recaps the highlights as Oregon takes down Washington St. 62-38 despite the onslaught of pass attempts by Connor Halliday.
■ I was sorry to see the two turnovers by Marcus Mariota but liked how the Ducks responded in the second half as Oregon just keeps rolling.
■ Time for the multitude of stories from last nights action so let's get started: Jason Quick calls Byron Marshall a key contributor; Ken Goe credits the Oregon defense for a job well done; Andrew Greif calls Marshall and Tyner more than capable; Don Gilman says the Cougars have nothing but respect for Oregon; Joseph Hoyt called it a second half barrage; Victor Flores gives credit to the Oregon running backs; Steve Summers likes how Oregon keeps dominating opponents; Jake Tabor credits the defense for their efforts; Rob Moseley has stories on the defense, Thomas Tyner, early adversity and a post game notebook; Craig Murphy likes Oregon's response from early turnovers; ESPN, GoDucks.com and the New York Times round out the coverage.
■ Michael Arellano, Ryan Kang, and Nate Barrett took some great photos at the game.
■ Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota and Byron Marshall.
Marshall rushed for 192 yards on 21 carries -- 9.1 yards per rush -- with three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 54 yards.
■ I will be back later today with my highlights video so stay tuned.
UPDATE: 8:00 am PT: Just learned my Dad was taken to the hospital last night. Highlight video postponed until a later time. My apologies. Hoping for the best.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
■ GoDucksdotcom shares the video the video the football team saw last Saturday before taking the field to take on the Dawgs.
■ Andy McNamara and Rob Moseley preview the game later today against the Cougs.
■ My prediction for the game today? Oregon 52 - Cougs 21.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:30 AM
During the scout-team scrimmage prior to “Fast Friday” this morning, the defensive line stood out most to me. T.J. Daniel continues to impress in his transition from tight end, and freshman Jason Sloan out of Salem also was in on a couple plays. Linebacker Brett Bafaro had an interception on a tipped pass. … The team wore its pink cleats again, continuing to break them in. All told, it looks to me there are about six or seven different models favored by various players.
■ Jason Quick takes a sneak peek at the game later today. and Bob Laws has a pre-game analysis.
■ Ken Goe wonders if the 2013 squad might be the best in school history.
■ Latin Berry returns home to receive a well deserved honor. He will be inducted into the Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame and will be honored at half time of the WSU game.
■ Even the NY Times is impressed with Marcus Mariota.
■ Bralon Addison, besides being a stud receiver, is also a fan of Breaking Bad.
■ Joey Harrington believes Marcus Mariota will become known as the greatest quarterback to ever play at Oregon. High praise indeed.
■ Dale Newton grades the team half way through the season.
■ Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"
Turnovers should be a big factor: Oregon has forced 16 turnovers (T-7th in FBS) and scored 73 points off TO (T-13th), while Washington State has committed 20 turnovers (2nd-most in FBS) and allowed 76 points off TO (7th-most).
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:29 AM
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Ducks wore the pink cleats in practice today, breaking them in for Saturday’s game. The team tested the helmets way back during the bye week in September. … Today’s practice was Oregon’s walk-through, and the team will hold its “Fast Friday” workout tomorrow to ramp up the tempo.
■ The Ducks will be united to support the fight against women's cancers as they will be wearing pink helmets, gloves, socks and shoes during the game on Saturday.
■ Andrew Greif reports the Ducks have switched up their routine to keep the edge sharp.
■ Sam Arney has a mid-season report card and has his top five players listed.
■ Ken Goe has five questions about the Cougs for a writer covering WSU.
■ Andrew Greif says Bralon Addison has become the Ducks' latest game breaking star. Very good read, don't miss it.
■ Kevin Gemmell advises what to watch in the Pac-12 this week and has this item for Duck fans.
Marcus Mariota, the Heisman front runner through the first half of the season, continues to impress with turnover-free performances. Though his completion percentage is down from last year, he hasn't thrown an interception in 165 pass attempts this year -- which extends a streak dating back to last season of 233 attempts. His last interception was against Stanford. During that stretch, he’s completed 100 passes for 1,724 yards and 17 touchdowns. Receivers Josh Huff and Bralon Addison have 27 catches each for a combined 1,054 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:20 AM
Thursday, October 17, 2013
On Oregon’s final heavy work day in preparation for Saturday night’s visit by Washington State, running back De’Anthony Thomas said he “practiced a little bit” in his continuing recovery from an ankle injury.
Thomas said he was “out there doing little drills and having fun,” and had “come a long way” in his recovery. But he declined to project his status for the game against the Cougars.
“I just want to let it heal well, and not rush to get back out there,” he said.
■ Jason Quick believes DT Wade Keliikipi seems to be heating up as the days get colder.
■ Andrew Greif says the defense is looking forward to the challenge of WSU's "air raid" attack.
■ Chris Charbonnier likes what he sees in the 2014 recruiting class so far.
■ Dale Newton takes exception to Aaron Fentress' assertion that if the Ducks don't win a title this year it's because they "choked."
■ Rob Moseley points out the national spotlight is on the Ducks and Marcus Mariota midpoint through the season.
■ The must see venue to watch a game if you're a college football fan? Kirk Herbstreit believes that would by none other than our Autzen Stadium.
What are the stadiums that have left you in awe and that you suggest every football fan to visit?"...
"I would say going to Autzen Stadium [at University of Oregon] in Eugene, Ore. It’s a great atmosphere. It’s not quite as big as some of the other stadiums, but it is absolutely crazy."
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Highlights: Alejandro Maldonado, who connected from 34 yards out at UW on Oregon’s only field-goal attempt of Pac-12 play so far, hit from 37 and 47 to open practice today. … During the first 11-on-11 period of the day, Mariota looked to hit Josh Huff on a short route. The ball was tipped at the line, slowing its flight, but Huff hung in the air and maintained his focus to make the reception regardless. … During a period focused on run plays, Tyler Johnstone got to the second level and made the pads pop hitting a linebacker. Thomas Tyner was the beneficiary of extra yardage thanks to that block. …
Chad Delaney found big holes in the secondary a couple times, for completions from Mariota and Jeff Lockie. … During the final period of the day, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had a pick-six, Brian Jackson intercepted a deep jump ball and Joe Walker knocked down a pass before a running back could make the catch. … Also during that period, offensive lineman Brian Teague, filling in as usual at tight end, hauled in a pass to his body despite being hit right when the ball arrived.
■ Ted Miller has a mid-season report card for the Ducks and likes what he sees.
■ John Canzano talked with Marcus Mariota on his radio show Monday.
■ Josh Huff and Bralon Addison are on schedule to break some Oregon records this year.
■ The Oregon-UCLA game on Oct. 26 at Autzen will be carried by either ESPN or ESPN2 at 4 pm and if the stars align might even host College GameDay.
■ Dale Newton gives us a quick look at the Wazzu game.
■ Nick Aliotti has some advice for the Cougars, "I would throw some deep balls."
■ GoDucks.com has the weekly football release posted where you can learn all you need to know about the game on Saturday.
■ O-line coach Steve Greatwood likes what he sees so far out of Thomas Tyner.
Greatwood said along with speed and agility, Tyner's patience in his offensive linemen to open holes between the tackles – and his willingness to run in traffic, period – is inherent but can be tough to teach to young backs.
“Most guys early on want to bounce everything outside and that’s not where the hole’s going to be,” Greatwood said. “He’s really got a good feel for not outrunning his blocks because, let’s face it, on sweep plays he could be out there five yards ahead of my guys.”
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:31 AM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Other observations: De’Anthony Thomas told media after practice that he remained limited today, and was uncertain of his status for Saturday’s game. … Josh Huff, who celebrates a birthday today, was in a walking boot after practice, as reported by local media. ... After working with the scout-team offense last week, Tyree Robinson and Juwaan Williams are back on defense this week. … In case you missed it, Oregon’s Oct. 26 home game against UCLA, currently a matchup of top-10 teams, was assigned a 4 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.
■ Jason Quick takes a sneak peek at the Washington State game.
■ Marcus Mariota was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week for the second consecutive week. Lather, rinse, repeat.
■ Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller were asked to re-rank the Pac-12's top ten players but you'll still find Marcus Mariota at the top.
■ Oregon and Nebraska have signed a home-and-home series for 2016 and 2017 starting with the Ducks travelling to Lincoln in 2016.
■ ESPN has Marcus Mariota as their top offensive player half way through the season.
■ Dale Newton takes a look at Oregon and the national championship race half way through the season.
■ Josh Huff was named to the Paul Hornung Award honor roll for his performance at Seattle.
■ Charles Fisher breaks down a few plays from the Washington game, a couple of oldies and one new one.
■ Oregon picked up another verbal commit yesterday, four star WR Jalen Brown out of AZ.
■ Ted Miller reveals the Pac-12 power ranking after week seven.
1. Oregon: The Ducks not only got their signature victory over a quality ranked foe, they actually did so by playing a relevant fourth quarter. That the 10th consecutive win over Washington ended up being a 10th consecutive blowout only solidifies their standing here.
Monday, October 14, 2013
■ In the sixth episode of Moose Time, Tyler Johnstone hits the University of Oregon Street Fair to talk to some students about the upcoming Oregon-Washington game. Video courtesy of KEZI. [note: shot last week obviously]
■ Tom Ward, Colin Harmond and Kevin Leonard talk Pac-12 football in this edition of "Inside the Pac" by KVAL.
Mariota came up big in the Ducks' 45-24 win over Washington, completing 24 of 31 passes for 366 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 13 times for 88 yards and a score.
■ Oregon remains at #2 in the latest AP Poll.
■ ZDuckFan takes an early look at the calculations going into the BCS formula and likes where Oregon places.
■ Ken Goe was impressed with Oregon's road victory against the Dawgs.
■ Dale Newton believes the emergence of the downfield passing game makes the 2013 Duck offense one of the most formidable ever.
■ Andrew Greif relays some of the media questions and answers given by Mark Helfrich during yesterday's weekly teleconference.
■ Jason Quick says tough practices lead to perfection on the field.
■ John Canzano wonders when Thomas Tyner's role will expand.
■ Duck QB recruit Morgan Mahalak had a big game last week and just keeps putting up big numbers. Story by Dale Newton.
■ Kevin Gemmell reveals "what we learned in the Pac-12; week 7."
1. There is a clear front-runner: Oregon’s 45-24 win over No. 16 Washington was a clear signal to the league and the country that the Ducks are every bit the national-championship contender we thought they were. Now they have the quality road win against a ranked opponent to back it up. Marcus Mariota is the hands-down Heisman favorite after throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 88 yards and a score. He has accounted for 25 touchdowns with zero turnovers. Coupled with Stanford’s loss at Utah, the Ducks are the unquestioned front-runner in the Pac-12.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
■ Here you go Duck fans, the 10th annual Dominate the Dawgs highlight video. Enjoy the show.
Posted by Mike Wines at 12:31 PM
■ Pressure, what pressure? Tom Rinaldi talks with Mr. Mariota after the game.
■ KEZI shares their recap video which aired last night on the local news.
■ Marcus, your mission, should you choose to except it, complete the decade of dominance. Mission accomplished with style and grace. This was the game we have been waiting for and the Ducks delivered with an exclamation point.
Lots of stories as one might expect so let's get down to business: Jason Quick says Mariota shined again;
Ted Miller says Oregon responded to the pressure convincingly and offers his instant analysis; Robby Boydstun liked the tenacity of Josh Huff; Rob Moseley says Mariota wowed the Heisman voters and has a post-game notebook; Victor Flores gives the defense credit; Andrew Greif liked the red zone play; John Canzano has a good piece on the decade of dominance; Chris Charbonnier gives his view of the last ten years against the Dawgs; Dale Newton called it Marcus Mariota's most complete game; ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the game stories.
■ Michael Arellano, Nate Barrett, and Taylor Wilder from ODE share their photos and here are some from the Thomas Boyd.
■ I will be back later today with my highlight video so stay tuned.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:18 AM
Saturday, October 12, 2013
■ Are you ready for some football? GoDucksdotcom wants to get you pumped up for today's game.
■ Rob Moseley has your Friday practice report.
Damion Hobbs completing balls down the field to Darren Carrington and Jeff Stolzenburg, and Kani Benoit getting to the second level on a run. … I know everyone wants to know the status of De'Anthony Thomas, but that's something that won't be answered until game time Saturday.
■ Andrew Greif says the best matchup to keep an eye on today is between the Duck receivers and the Dawg cornerbacks.
■ Victor Flores lists his matchups to watch for the game today.
■ John Canzano reports that De'Anthony will be playing today according to a " UO source."
■ Friend will be foe for Arik Armstead today as his good buddy LB Shaq Thompson will be on the other side of the ball.
■ Kevin Gemmell sat down with Hroniss Grasu who answered a few questions.
■ Wade Evanson would like to make it a perfect 10. Good read.
■ Dale Newton has a prediction thread going at his blog and likes Oregon 43-34. I don't think it will be quite that close, Oregon 59 Dawgs 27.
■ Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"
There’s more offense/defense balance for Oregon: Oregon’s offense leads FBS in 20-yard plays this season with 48. And its defense is tied for the fewest allowed in FBS with 10. One of the teams it’s tied with? Washington’s defense, which also has only allowed 10 such plays on the season.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:03 AM
Friday, October 11, 2013
Last week at Colorado, the Ducks by their own admission came out flat. The Buffaloes compounded that with some early trick plays to seize momentum, though Oregon ultimately woke up and took a 29-10 lead after the first quarter.
“I thought we had a really good week of practice, but as the kickoff approached, there was just a different feel to our guys,” Helfrich said today following the Ducks’ walk-through. “We talked about it, and hopefully we've remedied that situation.”
■ Hroniss Grasu will have his hands full trying to deal with UW nose tackle Danny Shelton.
■ Josh White gives you the top five factors to complete the decade of dominance over the Dawgs.
■ Dale Newton thinks it will be a close game on Saturday and some Ducks fans might be a little over confident.
■ Ken Goe has five questions for Adam Jude of the Seattle Times.
■ Andrew Greif says the UW RB Bishop Sankey has the attention of the Duck defense.
■ Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller predict and Oregon win over Washington.
Miller: Husky Stadium will be rocking, and Washington is perfectly capable of pushing the Ducks. Keith Price could make himself a true UW legend by leading a winning effort, but we suspect it will be Ducks QB Marcus Mariota getting the ultimate star -- Heisman? -- turn. It's going to be 10 in a row for the Ducks, but it won't be by at least 17 points. Oregon 35, Washington 24.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The final team period prior to that also featured some entertaining stuff. Brian Jackson had interceptions on back-to-back plays, leaping for a ball over his head and then diving for one that was under thrown. Joe Walker and Ben Butterfield also had interceptions. Over on the offensive half of the field, Marshall showed off his agility by hopping over some traffic at the line on a long gain, and Jeff Lockie had a couple nice completions to Pharaoh Brown and Chance Allen.
■ De'Anthony wants to be 100% ready before he returns to game action and he isn't quite there yet so his status for the Washington game is unsure at this time.
■ Andrew Greif believes the Ducks' third-down defense will be key against Washington.
■ Jason Quick lists his top ten Ducks vs Huskies moments.
■ Benzduck doesn't want anyone to forget (Slick Rick) one of the reasons the Dawgs are despised by Oregon fans.
■ Dale Newton wonders if Joey Harrington's recent statement that "Marcus Mariota is the best QB to put on a Duck uniform" is a fair statement.
■ Very nice story about Hroniss Grasu's family and how the legacy of his Grandfather lives on.
■ Oregon vs Washington St. home game has been set for 7 pm local time and will air on Fox Sports 1 Oct. 19.
■ Kyle Bonagura says the road games have been kind to Oregon.
They haven't lost a non-neutral-site game away from home since Nov. 7, 2009 at Stanford -- a national-best span of 17 games.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Highlights: After watching pass-rush drills Monday, I turned my attention today to seven-on-seven, which takes place during the same practice period. Mariota had touchdown passes to Bralon Addison and B.J. Kelley, and Jake Rodrigues completed one to Kenny Bassett. Defensively, Dior Mathis made a quick break to knock down a pass just as it got to the receiver.
The scout-team guys also came through with a couple of highlights. Danny Mattingly intercepted a short Rodrigues pass; given the distance of the pass and the velocity Rodrigues put on it, I don’t know how Mattingly was able to both react so quickly to it and then hang on. Darren Carrington leapt high to catch a pass against the No. 1 defense, and offensive lineman Brian Teague split a linebacker and a safety down the field for a touchdown pass while taking snaps as a tight end.
■ Ted Miller notes there was a heated exchange of words between David Shaw and Steve Sarkisian on yesterday's coaches teleconference regarding faking injuries. Of course, nothing really compares to the theatrics Stanford and Cal performed in 2010 against the Ducks. Will we see more of the same from Washington this weekend if things get out of hand?
■ Joseph Hoyt believes the Ducks defense should play tighter against Washington than they did against Colorado.
■ At least Steve Sarkisian gives the Ducks some credit when it comes to the Huskies embracing the up tempo game.
■ GoDucks.com has the weekly release for the Washington game posted. Learn all you need to know about the matchup on Saturday.
■ Kevin Gemmell reports the Ducks are still on a collision course with Stanford.
■ Sounds like De'Anthony is still questionable for Saturday's game against the Dawgs.
Running backs coach Gary Campbell said Tuesday that Thomas "was OK" at practice, adding "I really don't know" if he'll be able to play in Seattle.
My opinion, better to rest than make the injury worse, we have other options.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:27 AM