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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Andrew Greif believes it might be tough for the punters to get a leg up on the competition this spring.

Judging punters is complicated by a lack of what Helfrich called "high-intensity situations." Without the benefit of punting in a full-on formation, it's hard to gauge a player's comfort kicking under pressure. And that is, by definition, a punter's job.

"That's a tough position to assess," Helfrich said. "Live punting is a scary thing to a certain extent and you just don’t get enough reps seeing a guy in a high-intensity situation. We’ll try to create that as much as possible but there’s not enough time of it."

■ Oregon lost to UW yesterday 1-0 in a pitchers duel.

The Ducks (22-9, 7-4 Pac-12) mounted a ninth-inning rally loading the bases with two outs, but Washington (21-6-1, 9-3 Pac-12) closer Troy Rallings escaped with his fourth save when Shaun Chase lined out to left field.

Oregon and Washington will wrap up the three-game series today at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks will send Jeff Gold (7-0) to the mound looking to win the series.


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