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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your morning and afternoon practice reports.

MorningThere was also a bunch of red-zone work this morning, both in the tempo drill to start the day and the 7-on-7 periods. The offense got off to a hot start, which hasn't always been the case this month, with Mariota running for a touchdown in tempo and Lockie completing a scoring pass to Royce Freeman.

Afternoon:  Morgan Mahalak threw a couple TD passes in 1-on-1 drills in the red zone, while Tyree Robinson had an interception. Ekpre-Olomu, Juwaan Williams and Glen Ihenacho had pass breakups that caught my eye. Casey Eugenio made a nifty one-handed catch. … Lockie and Charles Nelson showed good chemistry during 7-on-7, connecting three times in a stretch of four plays.

■ Andrew Greif previews the Civil War on Nov. 29.

■ RB Royce Freeman continues to impress all over the field as fall camp starts to wind down.

■ Chantel Jennings says the Oregon CB's are up to the challenge in a league full of  passing quarterbacks.

■ Tyson Alger had a short Q&A session with Taylor Alie recently.

■ CBS Sports has Marcus Mariota as #1 pick in their 2015 NFL mock draft.

■ Dale Newton thinks better execution will be one of their key challenges this year.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
■ Oregon ranks #3 in the initial AP poll just behind Florida St. and Alabama.

The ranking equals UO's highest-ever in the preseason. Oregon has now been ranked in the top five of the AP's preseason poll for four consecutive seasons.

■ Andrew Greif sat down with Michigan St. beat reporter Mike Griffith to compare notes on the upcoming game on Sept. 6.

■ Oregon announced Friday it would reimburse the families of quarterback Marcus Mariota, corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, center Hroniss Grasu and lineman Arik Armstead for their out-of-pocket expenses related to insurance policies purchased under the NCAA's "exceptional student-athlete disability insurance" rule.