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Friday, February 13, 2015

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Andrew Greif reviews how the O-line did in 2014.

Oregon led the Pac-12 Conference in rushing yards in 2014, a fairly ho-hum accomplishment on its surface. Oregon won that crown each of the previous eight seasons, too.

None of those, however, came with the kind of attrition that Oregon's offensive line dealt with in 2014, when it used eight different starting line combinations to first patch a crumbling line, then power through the Pac-12. During a seven-game stretch that began Oct. 24 and ended Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl, the Ducks averaged 266 yards per game, a figure that would have ranked eighth-best nationally over the course of a season.

■ Oregon came in third according to ESPN ($Insider) when they graded this year's recruiting class.

The Ducks quietly put together another solid class that features playmakers on offense. Leading the way is ESPN 300 quarterback Travis Waller (No. 264), wide receiver Alex Ofodile (No. 68) and electric playmaker Taj Griffin (No. 53), who is a real system fit. No. 207 Zach Okun is one of five offensive linemen in the fold, which includes a pair of tackles from the state of Washington. On defense, No. 15 Canton Kaumatule is a huge get as a 3-4 end. Athlete pledge Malik Lovette (No. 187) could end up on either side of the ball.

■ Dale Newton believes there are two sure signs the Vernon Adams experiment will work.

■ Andrew Bantly shares his preview for the opening baseball game against Hawaii later today. Tyson Alger has three questions as he previews the season and breaks down each position group.


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