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Monday, September 01, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Andrew Greif says Don Pellum will be working with the defense to improve tackling and effort as the team prepares for Michigan St.

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.

GO DUCKS!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Just what we expected for the opening game against an FCS opponent but there was plenty to like as Oregon had no trouble taking down the Coyotes 62-13. Marcus Mariota was on point, Royce Freeman looked impressive and the defense needs to tighten up a few things. Here is a selection of game day stories,

■ Andrew Greif says it was a familiar opening day rout; Tyson Alger said Dwayne Stanford made a statement; Jason Quick said Byron Marshall has an answer for his critics; Matt Takimoto welcomed back football; Dale Newton lists the positives and cautions from the game; Rob Moseley talks about backfield depth, mixed reviews for the defense, the postgame notebook and has photos; ESPN College Gameday is coming to town next weekend for the MSU game; and ESPN has the game summary.

■ I will have my highlight video posted at YouTube (and here) later today so stay tuned.

Update: The Pac-12 in their infinite wisdom has decided to block the South Dakota game which probably means all games this year. Guess they don't realize this is just another promotional tool to get folks to watch their content. The people it hurts the most are the one overseas and others who have no other access to see their favorite team in action.

GO DUCKS!

GO DUCKS!