Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Highlights: As was the case Saturday, the defense was in control when the Ducks held their “clutch” period to start practice. Arik Armstead and Tyson Coleman teamed up for a sack on the last play for the ones, and Christian French had a sack with the twos. … Coleman also forced and recovered a fumble during the first full team period. On the offensive field, Royce Freeman took a short pass to the house; cornerback Arrion Springs did a great job of defeating a receiver’s block on the play, chucking him aside, but in the time it took to do so Freeman was by him...
■ Andrew Greif says revenge doesn't motivate the Ducks against Arizona but unforced errors are a different story and then looks at Marcus Mariota when he is on the move.
■Tyson Alger wonders if Charles Nelson might be utilized on the defense.
■ Derrick Malone says his passion for football doesn't end at the sound of the whistle.
■ Oregon still remains at the top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Here is everything you need to know about the Thursday night game against Arizona.
■ Caleb Couturie reports Hroniss Grasu is eager to quiet the doubters.
■ The UCLA (Oct. 11) game gets the 12:30 pm time slot against UCLA and will be broadcast by Fox.
■ A pair of five star recruits will be visiting the campus the weekend of the Washington game.
Monday, September 29, 2014
In the first team period of the day, working primarily on run plays, Tyson Coleman and Khalil Oliver had tackles for loss, and Joe Walker added another when he sniffed out a screen. On the offensive field, Johnny Mundt made the pads pop clearing out an outside linebacker for a long rush. … The very first rep for the kickoff return team was perfectly protected, clearing the way for a long Thomas Tyner return. … DeForest Buckner had a fumble recovery and a sack in 11-on-11 midway through the day, and teamed with Rodney Hardrick for a TFL in the final period...
■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek on Arizona and looks at the ever evolving O-line.
■ Ashley Young says practice makes perfect as the offensive line continues to make adjustments.
■ Oregon remains at #2 in the AP poll after the bye week.
■ Ken Goe takes a closer look at both divisions in the Pac-12.
■ Dale Newton says the Ducks already have the hammer but can they nail down the Pac-12.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Mark Helfrich split up the clutch periods today, running the “need-three” drives to open practice and the “need-seven drives” afterward. The defense, perhaps fueled by that pre-practice pep talk, was in command early. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had a sack and a pass breakup to get the ones off the field, and Dior Mathis intercepted a pass with the twos. In the period to end practice, Arik Armstead sacked Mariota to make it a sweep for the defense on the day...
■ Will Denner says the bye-week could not have come at a better time for the injury riddled O-line.
■ Andrew Greif reports the Ducks hope the red zone improvement continues against Arizona.
■ Dale Newton previews the Arizona game.
■ Dale Newton says the offense needs to reestablish a physical edge.
[Gary] Campbell needs Marshall, Tyner and Freeman to assert themselves, be more decisive, shedding first contact, and breaking some big plays. Better balance will take some pressure off Mariota, and give the Ducks a much better chance of keeping him healthy all season.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Matt Mariota, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior outside linebacker/defensive end for St. Louis School in Honolulu, intercepted a pass with 10:29 remaining in the fourth quarter last Saturday against Kamehameha. The pick set up the Crusaders' game-winning drive in a 46-38 win at Aloha Stadium.
■ Watching the last game against WSU wasn't the easiest thing to do as the Ducks narrowly escaped but it was harder for the injured O-linemen.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:26 AM
Friday, September 26, 2014
Highlights: Play of the day was by Johnathan Loyd. Ducks were in a clutch drill, the offense needing a touchdown and down to its last play from near midfield. Juwaan Williams knocked down a Hail Mary into the end zone, and Loyd, trailing the play, had it fall right into his arms for the touchdown. Not sure what else Williams could have done to break it up; just a case of Loyd being in the right place at the right time. Arizona is coming to town next week after beating Cal on a Hail Mary, so it was crazy timing to see this develop in Oregon’s practice today. … Caveat: Tui Talia might have ended the play before it really got started with a sack, had the drill been live. Hard to say for sure. (EDIT: Looks like Helfrich told media after practice he would have ruled it a sack.)
■ Joseph Hoyt says Torrodney Prevot is looking to improve against Arizona.
■ Ryan Kostecka reports the Ducks are using the bye week as an advantage against Arizona.
■ Justin Wise says Devon Allen looks up to ‘big brother’ Keanon Lowe.
■ Dale Newton looks ahead to the Arizona game.
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:13 AM
Thursday, September 25, 2014
After the UO secondary seemed out of whack at times against Washington State’s wide-open passing attack, senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu said communication is a high priority this week. “That’s our biggest issue right now,” Ekpre-Olomu said. “Tackling is another big issue. And then just all around getting better. Learning from what we did in the first four games, and trying to figure out how to improve on that.”
■ Ken Goe talks about "issue and answers" in this piece.
■ Fans got to grade the WSU game, here are the results.
■ Tyson Alger wonders if kicking will be a big part of games this year.
■ Stat heads get their shot at predicting how the Arizona game will turn out next week.
■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at Charles Nelson.
The first thing he brings is a tenacious attitude. He wraps up and makes tackles. He battles and competes. He has the speed to close, and great instincts for the ball.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
■ WSU will investigate the alleged "bottle throwing" incident last weekend.
■ Charles Fisher analyzes the "load-right" play that often confuses the defense.
■ Dale Newton shares what everyone is talking about the Ducks after four weeks of football.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
...No Pac-12 team appears unbeatable. And no team appears incapable of playing competently. Each fan base should remain hopeful while not ruling out the possibility of eventual despondency.
The good news, as Socrates noted via Plato, is there are two ruling and directing principles in a college football season. It always at least teases our innate desire for pleasure. And, at its end, we acquire grounds to judge excellence.
■ The ESPN staff has some questions answers for the Pac-12 North teams.
■ Tyson Alger says it is all coming together for Devon Allen.
■ Derrick Malone shares his thoughts on the WSU game.
■ Andrew Greif has some questions of his own during bye week.
■ Nathan Roholt talks about surviving last Saturday at Pullman.
■ Dale Newton says the Oregon defense is not ready for prime time yet.
They desperately need an impact player to emerge the way Devon Allen has on offense. Danny Mattingly? Chris Seisay? Austin Maloata? Jimmie Swain? Charles Nelson? Tyson Coleman? Joe Walker? This is a defense without an identity or a clear leader, although several of the players, veterans like Derrick Malone, Ifo, Buckner and Washington have leadership ability. Thus far it lacks the swagger and discipline Don Pellum pledged to bring to the unit.
Monday, September 22, 2014
The Ducks were on the road, in a hostile environment, against a motivated opponent, with an offensive line that was plugging in walkons, and still found a way to win the game.
Championship teams invariably have a game or games during the season in which they play poorly enough to be vulnerable. But championship teams survive poor performances and win.
That's what Oregon did...
■ David Lombardi has a helmet sticker for Marcus Mariota.
■ Oregon is still on top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings and remains #2 in the AP poll.
■ Bob Rickert shares his takeaways from the WSU game.
■ Josh Hall shares his thoughts on what we learned so far this season.
■ Rob Moseley talks about the team getting better and healthy.
■ Andrew Greif says the Ducks are adjusting on the fly.
■ Dale Newton believes there are many issues with the team this year but if Marcus Mariota is in the game then there is a chance.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
■ ESPN shares a few highlights from last nights narrow escape in Pullman.
■ It wasn't pretty and there are major issues with the O-line and the defense looked like they took the night off but when it came down to the last few minutes they held tough (and maybe helped by a blown call)....but I will take the win....on to the stories from around the web.
Jason Quick talks bout the O-line and being under siege; Andrew Greif says there are vulnerbilities galore; Tyson Alger talks about the night Royce Freeman had; Rob Moseley says the defense came though when needed, and has a postgame notebook; game photos here and here; ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Morgan Mahalak was really spinning the ball when he dropped back behind those linemen. He opened the scrimmage period with completions to Chris Tewhill and Jake McCreath, and later dropped a deep ball over two defensive backs and into McCreath’s hands for a long completion. … Jordan Kurahara recovered a fumble and got to a running back in the backfield on separate plays, and Jalen Jelks tackled a couple backs for minimal gains. … Tewhill took a swing pass and found room up the sideline for a long gain.
■ Tyson Alger shares five things too watch for in the game today.
■ Andrew Greif advises to beware the Coug passing attack.
■ Has Pharoah Brown seized the reins for the tight end battle with Johnny Mundt?
■ Oregon's road record hasn't been too kind lately, will today be different?
■ Dale Newton isn't worried about Washington States "tricky" offense.
...The Ducks will figure it out and slow it down considerably. Meanwhile the Cougar defense gives up 174 rushing yards per game (4.0 yards per rush) and that came against Rutgers, Nevada and Portland State. It’s going to be an enjoyable football game, and another demonstration of what we already know: the Ducks are good, and getting better...
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:33 AM
Friday, September 19, 2014
Today was a walk-through of the plays Oregon will run Saturday night, so no highlights to offer. Even though the tempo is slow, though, Helfrich is demanding of the Ducks. “Our standard is our standard,” he told them. “It’s not just, I show up and have to be out here for an hour.” … The Ducks’ travel squad of 70 players, the limit for a Pac-12 road game, has been tentatively designated, and players learned of their roles Thursday afternoon. There's still time to adjust that before the team charter leaves late Friday afternoon. … Oregon’s equipment truck will need a head start, though, and the Ducks had to pack their travel bags today.
■ Torrodney Prevot will have a message for his teammates and WSU this Saturday.
■ Ryan Kostecka has key matchups to watch on Saturday.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers are in agreement, Oregon beats WSU.
■ Bruce Ely shares the story on Marcus Mariota's appearance on the cover of SI.
■ Dale Newton believes attention to detail will be one of the keys against WSU.
■ We've all heard the phrase, "three-headed monster" when talking about the football team but the baseball team will have their own version this year.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:30 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Troy Hill had an interception during one of the last periods of the day, and on the very last rep of practice, Dior Mathis leaped for a one-handed interception and headed up the sideline the other way. In the post-practice huddle, head coach Mark Helfrich joked that, while it was a good play, it might have drawn an illegal participation penalty because essentially the whole defensive sideline broke down the sideline to celebrate with Mathis.
■ Chantel Jennings reports lots of young wide receivers are being used in the passing game this year.
■ Tyson Alger says WSU's offense may be fun but the Ducks are fine running theirs.
■ Andrew Greif believes the veteran scout team deserves a lot of the credit for the Ducks success.
■ No big surprise here but Marcus Mariota and Arik Armstead will be entering the 2015 NFL draft.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.
■ Dale Newton believes the Ducks will be well prepared for the pass-happy Cougs.
■ The baseball team is sorting through an impressive depth chart heading into fall practice and Cole Irvin is making good progress on returning from his injury.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
On one of the final snaps of the day, DeForest Buckner tipped a pass at the line, pulled it down and rumbled for the pick-six. That capped about as dominant a day as I can remember from a guy in practice. He killed it in 1-on-1 pass drills and really made life tough for the scout-team offensive line in all the team periods. The scout QBs were constantly having to throw on the run when Buckner was on the field. … Alex Balducci, coincidentally, also pulled down a tipped pass for an interception during the last team period...
■ Marcus Mariota will be on the cover of this weeks Sports Illustrated.
■ Speaking of Marcus, he remains at the top of the Pac-12 QB ranking.
■ Tyson Alger says the Oregon running back need to break that last barrier as the season gets to conference play.
■ Oregon plans to mix and match defenses to keep Connor Halliday honest.
■ GoDucks.com has everything you need to know about the WSU game.
■ Andrew Greif has five thoughts on the depth chart as we head to Pullman.
■ The Pac-12 released the football schedule for next year. One word, brutal.
■ Charles Fisher says Byron Marshall loves the new slot-sweep read.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Pharaoh Brown was very consistent catching the ball today, following up on his four-catch performance against Wyoming. … Mariota and Devon Allen were locked in together for one period of 7-on-7. They connected at least four times that I saw. … As always, Austin Maloata’s reps in pass-rush drills were fun to watch. He got Evan Voeller off-balance at one point and drove him backwards, but Voeller put Maloata to the ground the next time they hooked up, and Doug Brenner pancaked the true freshman D tackle...
■ Andrew Greif shares a sneak peek at Washington St.
■ Oregon coaches have learned a few things these last three weeks.
■ Derrick Malone talks about life as a linebacker for the Ducks.
■ The Oregon baseball team hopes to lure three potential members to the team as they all visited last weekend during the Wyoming game.
Monday, September 15, 2014
The junior compiled quite the stat line in just under three quarters of play in the Ducks' 48-14 victory over Wyoming: Two passing touchdowns and 221 passing yards on 19-of-23 passing plus two rushing touchdowns and 71 rushing yards on five carries.
■ Oregon remains at #2 in this weeks AP poll.
■ Jason Quick talks about what it means to be "Men of Oregon".
■ Oregon remains at #1 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Rob Moseley has all the details of Mark Helfrich's teleconference with reporters yesterday.
■ Ken Goe takes issue with the play where Marcus Mariota dove for a touchdown against Wyoming. (have to agree)
■ Dale Newton believes Oregon will need to tighten up as league play begins next week.
Oregon has always been built to outscore people, and this defense, which has played a lot of people through three games, has the athletic ability to make stops and get turnovers...The linebackers in particular need to make more plays...
Posted by Mike Wines at 5:29 AM
Sunday, September 14, 2014
■ ESPN has this short video recap of the game yesterday as Oregon defeated Wyoming 48-14. After a sluggish first quarter Mariota and company finally got things on track.
■ Stories from around the web: Rob Moseley shares his thoughts, talks about Erick Dargan , and has a postgame notebook; Andrew Greif talks about Marcus Mariota's magic; Kevin Gemmell shares what we learned in the Pac-12 this week; game photos here and here; GoDucks.com and ESPN round out the coverage.
Posted by Mike Wines at 7:01 AM
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Scout-team scrimmage highlights: It was a good period for the defense in general, as the offense managed few big plays. Isaac Ava broke up a pass over the middle, and Jordan Kurahara wrapped up a running back at the line of scrimmage. … Morgan Mahalak connected with Chris Tewhill for three completions over the course of the period, and Tony James had a couple runs for gains. … Ty Griffin showed off his considerable speed, rolling out of the pocket and hitting tight end Will Genske for a completion.
■ Tyson Alger has five things to watch for during the game today.
■ Oregon is focusing on not taking Wyoming for granted.
■ The Pac-12 ESPN crew is in agreement, this will be a win for the Ducks today.
■ Torrodney Prevot has a special guest at the game today as part of the "O Heroes" program.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Just a walk-through today, so no highlights to offer. … An exception: Between pre-practice stretching and the first 11-on-11 period, Mark Helfrich lined his guys up for a single field-goal attempt...
■ Justin Wise looks at how Wyoming and Oregon stack up against each other.
■ Tyson Alger says sleep the morning before the 11 am kickoff time will be important.
■ Ken Goe wonders if there will be any let down against Wyoming.
■ Hayden Kim compares Joe Walker to Kiko Alonso.
■ Chantel Jennings talks about effective adjustments this season.
■ Pete Christoper has the fan report card for Oregon against MSU.
■ Dale Newton says sometimes you have to get dressed in the dark.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:24 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Mark Helfrich wanted his guys plugged in right off the bat, and threw a “clutch” drill at them to start practice. The defense held serve with both the ones and twos on the field, in both cases forcing the offense to settle for field-goal attempts of 50-plus yards. (Neither was converted). DeForest Buckner had a sack to help stall the No. 1 offense, and the No. 2 group couldn't score despite moving the ball with a couple Jeff Lockie completions to Charles Nelson and Darren Carrington...
■ Andrew Greif had a chance to talk with a Wyoming beat reporter recently.
■ Marcus Mariota won a pair of national honors yesterday.
■ Tyrell Crosby isn't getting booed anymore after his stellar play.
■ ESPN has the scoop on the playoff dates and kickoff times this New Year season.
■ Dale Newton sees good things for the future of Duck football.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:23 AM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Most impressive period of the day was 7-on-7; Marcus Mariota put every single ball right on a receiver, and the only incompletion was a drop. He completed passes to Dwayne Stanford, Darren Carrington, Byron Marshall, Keanon Lowe, Johnny Mundt and Pharaoh Brown, before wrapping up the drill with his prettiest ball yet, a tear drop over a defender to Royce Freeman. I didn’t think Mariota was particularly sharp Monday, perhaps because it was his first look at Wyoming’s scheme, but he was on point today. … Not often blocking grabs my attention, but Lowe and Devon Allen had nice downfield blocks on one run by Freeman, Carrington held off a defender for Marshall, and Doug Brenner got upfield to clear a path for Kenny Bassett...
■ Andrew Greif says Oregon is pleased with the emergence of Chris Seisay.
■ Tyson Alger says Tyrell Crosby has stepped out of Royce Freeman's shadow.
■ Charles Nelson may see more playing time as the season progresses.
■ Tyler Johnstone is helping the team from a different perspective.
■ Chantel Jennings says the "next man up" mantra is paying dividends this year.
■ Oregon officially signed All-Americans Taj Griffin, Alex Ofodile and Zach Okun yesterday and the trio should be in school starting January.
■ Marcus Mariota leads the Pac-12 QB Power Rankings.
■ GoDucks.com has the latest inductees to the Oregon hall of fame.
■ Charles Fisher analyzes a few plays from the MSU game.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The defense held in a red-zone drill to start the day. Reggie Daniels stopped Thomas Tyner short of the end zone with the ones on the field, and Jeff Lockie had a pass tipped at the line by Stetzon Bair. … Jalen Brown really stood out today. He made a really great diving effort for a ball in the end zone during position drills, though he wasn't able to secure it for a catch. Later, Brown hauled in a pass from Lockie in team drills, getting his feet in bounds after leaping toward the sideline to make the catch.
■ Marcus Mariota was named the offensive Pac-12 Player of the Week yesterday for his performance against Michigan St.
■ Andrew Greif gives you a sneak peek at the Wyoming Cowboys.
■ Sean Meagher says Oregon solidified their position as the top team in the Pac-12.
■ Chantel Jennings says some of the youngest Ducks needed to grow fast against MSU.
■ OregonLive gives you ten reasons Oregon could win the College Football Playoff.
■ Ted Miller believes "week two statements" can be deceiving.
■ Mel Kiper Jr. ($) wonders if anyone can slow down Oregon.
■ The Washington St. kickoff time was announced yesterday, another 7:30 pm time slot (boo)...
■ Nathan Roholt applauds the team effort on Saturday.
■ Dale Newton believes the schedule is setting up perfectly for a big run this year.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:49 AM
Monday, September 08, 2014
In the AP poll of media, Oregon moved up one spot to No. 2 this week. The Ducks received 16 first-place votes, and trailed No. 1 Florida State by 48 points, 1,463 to 1,415.
■ Marcus Mariota and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu got a couple of helmet stickers from the ESPN crew.
■ Kevin Gemmell shares the Pac-12 Power Rankings for week 2 and Oregon tops the list.
■ Rob Moseley and Andrew Greif share the details of Mark Helfrich's teleconference with reporters yesterday.
■ Oregon stole the show when it comes to Pac-12 recruiting visits this last weekend.
■ Jason Quick looks at some big behind the scenes contributions against MSU.
■ Dale Newton says we all need a lesson in faith.
On a day when Stanford lost and Washington struggled, the Ducks showed they can matchup with one of the toughest and most disciplined and physical teams in the country. This Oregon team has smashed the ESPN narrative forever. They have the speed, talent and focus to beat anyone on their schedule.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:35 AM
Sunday, September 07, 2014
■ ESPN recaps the big game yesterday as Oregon beat Michigan St. 46-27.
■ I have to be honest and say I wasn't completely sure the Ducks would win this game but they proved I didn't have anything to worry about. Mark Helfrich passed my test as did the team, they're for real. Excited for the season to unfold. Here are the game stories from around the web:
Rob Moseley talks about a stout defense, the right responses and his notebook; Ted Miller says the script was flipped; Kevin Gemmell tells us what we learned in the Pac-12 this week; Andrew Greif says the Ducks are for real; Tyson Alger talks about the chemistry between Mariota and Allen; Jason Quick says Arik Armstead changed the narrative on physical teams; John Canzano praises Marcus Mariota and ESPN has the game recap.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Scout-team scrimmage highlights: The outside linebackers were all over the place right off the bat. Mike Garrity had a couple run stops just past the line of scrimmage, and Ivan Faulhaber tipped a pass that was intercepted by a defensive back. Faulhaber added a sack a few snaps later. … The offense tried to take a few shots down the field, finally connecting when Morgan Mahalak hit B.J. Kelley deep for a touchdown. … Kelley also had a nice block on a screen pass. … Issac Dixon intercepted a pass. … Jeff Bieber, a consistent performer in practice the last two weeks, caught a couple passes.
■ Andrew Greif says it's all on the line when the Ducks and Spartans meet today.
■ Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler talk about the game today.
■ Oregon's young receivers will try to do some damage today according to this report.
■ Chantel Jennings has all you need to know about the game today.
■ Dale Newton says it will all come down to execution.
It’s a big game against a proud, accomplished opponent, and in games like these, victories have to be earned. It requires that the home team brings a quality of readiness and concentration, and that points directly to coaching.
Oregon will win tomorrow if Mark Helfrich and his staff have trained and prepared them properly. A failure to have done so would be a waste of great potential.
Friday, September 05, 2014
Just a walk-through today, so no highlights to offer. … OK, one exception: After pre-practice stretch, Helfrich whistled for a one-shot field-goal attempt. Matt Wogan nailed the 38-yarder. … Redshirt freshman Evan Voeller, who made his debut late in the South Dakota game, has been rotating in with the twos at guard the last couple days.
■ Andrew Greif shares his thoughts on the matchup with MSU this weekend.
■ Tyson Alger gives you five things to watch for on Saturday.
■ Rory Davidson talks about how to combat the Spartans.
■ Josh Schlichter talks about Michigan States defense and the chess match that will likely ensue.
■ Ten true freshmen played last weekend, an unprecedented number.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers are split with their Oregon vs MSU predictions.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
There was good action during passing positional drills down in the red zone. Marcus Mariota threw scoring passes to Charles Nelson, Devon Allen and Zac Schuller, and Jalen Brown caught touchdowns from Mariota, Jeff Lockie and Morgan Mahalak. Khalil Oliver broke up a pass at the goal line, and Erick Dargan did so in the end zone. … Dargan also had a nice breakup in 7-on-7, a period in which Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Chris Seisay had interceptions.
■ Chantel Jennings says Oregon must learn from previous mistakes before Saturday's game against MSU.
■ Tyson Alger shares his thoughts on the game this weekend.
■ The ESPN Pac-12 crew will be watching four players this weekend and Marcus Mariota plus Byron Marshall are on their must see list.
■ Mark Flores has the latest on recruiting.
■ Dale Newton believes it's all on Mariota this Saturday. (not quite sure I agree a 100% with Dale....going to take a total team effort IMO)
■ John Canzano has it right when the latest from Colt Lyerla came out yesterday.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
After the offense dominated 1-on-1 passing drills Monday, the defense turned the tables today in more game-like scenarios. Seisay and Arrion Springs broke up passes during position drills, with Seisay breaking up what was almost a really nice leaping catch by Darren Carrington.
■ Rob Moseley says the Oregon offensive line will be put to the test against Michigan St.
Entering the biggest game in the country so far this season, Jake Fisher knows what to expect... “Being a blue-collar kid, that’s what I grew up doing,” Fisher said. “I don't mind smashing into anybody.”
■ Chantel Jennings talks about Oregon preparing to face the MSU defense.
■ Oregon remains at #3 in the AP poll after taking care of South Dakota.
■ ESPN has Oregon on top of their Pac-12 Power Rankings after week one.
■ Bryan Shalvoy says Marcus Mariota is a model of efficiency at QB.
■ Ken Goe says the MSU-Oregon matchup is the biggest game of the week.
■ Charles Fisher analyzes Royce Freeman and the "straddled triple option play."
■ Dale Newton wonders if Oregon is up to the task of handling the MSU defense.
They have to better than they were last week, last year, and better than they were against Stanford and LSU. They have to be the myth-busters of college football, vaporizing a cement truck of a defense under the September sun.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The passing game was really sharp in 1-on-1 drills to start practice. Whether it was Mariota to Dwayne Stanford, Lockie to Keanon Lowe and Allen, Alie to Jalen Brown and Ayele Forde, Morgan Mahalak to Marshall or Griffin to Carrington, there were completions all over the place. … One exception was Brown, who had a couple uncharacteristic drops. He made up for them with a nice reception in 7-on-7, and then hauled in a touchdown from Mariota in 11-on-11.
■ ESPN has Marcus Mariota in the #1 spot in their Pac-12 QB Power Ranking and OregonLive has Oregon at #1 in their Pac-12 Power Rankings.
■ Ted Miller says the MSU game is laden with meaning.
■ Tyson Alger believes the physical game will be a matter of pride against MSU.
■ Gary Campbell said there was plenty to like from his running backs against SD but there is plenty to work on as well.
■ Nathan Roholt takes a closer look at Royce Freeman.
■ Dale Newton hopes the Ducks don't get fooled again when they take on the Spartans.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:50 AM
Monday, September 01, 2014
After spending the offseason emphasizing fundamentals in tackling, Pellum didn't get the tackling in space he wanted. He also would like for his experienced linebackers -- three of whom return as starters in Tony Washington, Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick -- to be playmakers.
"I don't think anything was really great, nothing was really bad," he said. "It needs to jump out. We'd like it to jump out."
■ Oregonlive has a sneak peek of the MSU game and oddsmakers have the Ducks as 11 point favorites.
■ Rob Moseley took notes from Mark Helfrich's teleconference call yesterday with reporters.
■ Matt Hayes says the Sooners and Ducks jumped to the front of the playoff race.
■ Four star athlete Malik Lovette verbally committed to the Ducks recently.
■ Former Oregon pitcher Jake Reed joined Jimmy Sherfy in the Arizona Fall League.
Posted by Mike Wines at 6:56 AM