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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Mark Helfrich, Scott Frost, Jeff Lockie and Oshay Dunmore talk with the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Rob Moseley talks about Devon Allen's challenge of managing two spring sports and going to school. Rob also had this say to about practice yesterday.

Highlights: Mark Helfrich continues to harp on the offense’s tempo, though both units put points on the board to start the day. A nice pass breakup in the end zone by Mathis forced the No. 1 offense to settle for a Matt Wogan field goal, and Jake Rodrigues ran for a touchdown with the twos after a couple Thomas Tyner runs got the drive going. … Overall, I was most impressed with the defensive line today. Arik Armstead flushed Marcus Mariota from the pocket on that first drive of the day resulting in Wogan’s field goal, and Armstead later knocked down a pass at the line. …

■ Chantel Jennings provides a halfway spring practice checkup.

■ Victor Flores has a short Q&A session with Arik Armstead.

■ Andrew Greif takes a closer look at several position battles brewing this spring.

■ Dale Newton wonders how real the improvement is this spring and says we'll get to see in two weeks.

■ Oregon took the second game of the Cal series 6-3 yesterday at PK Park giving George Horton his 700th career win.

Jeff Gold went seven innings and allowed six hits and three runs (two earned). He improved to 9-0, the best record in the NCAA and tied for the national lead in victories.

The series finale against WSU is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ The quarterbacks get added protection under a new rule approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday.

“The rule specifically covers a scenario in which a quarterback is in a passing posture with one or both feet on the ground. In that situation, no defensive player rushing unabated can hit him forcibly at or below the knee. The defensive player also may not initiate a roll or lunge and forcibly hit the quarterback in the knee area or below,” according to the new rule.

A violation of this rule results in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.

■ Steven Holstad comments on the "next man up" mantra that Oregon adopted several seasons ago.

■ Freshman A.J. Balta led Oregon's offensive attack Thursday, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning as Oregon beat WSU 11-1 yesterday.

The No. 23 Ducks (29-10, 8-5 Pac-12) now find themselves tied with UCLA in third place in the conference, entering two more against Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at PK Park.