Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Other observations: After practice, Helfrich lauded Rodney Hardrick for setting the tone defensively in terms of communication, and Justin Hollins for taking every rep during special teams periods. … The defense really came alive during a mid-practice period against primarily run plays. They were really swarming the ball. … Offensively, Charles Nelson was super explosive in one early team period. Also, Mariota and Evan Baylis have worked together plenty over the course of this season, so this isn't shocking, but at this point given Baylis' increased role the last two weeks they really have good chemistry. They hooked up for a long touchdown to cap the tempo period that opened practice. … Andre Yruretagoyena continues to expand his duties. He got some reps at guard today.
■ Oregon remained at #2 in the latest college football rankings.
■ John Canzano shares his favorite Civil War facts.
■ Ken Goe talks about team leadership and the players' own expectations and how it has create a culture for success.
■ Tyson Alger says Marcus Mariota took a risk in coming back to play this year but the reward as been near perfection.
■ Kevin Gemmell and Brian Bennett debate who should get the Heisman this year, Marcus Mariota or Melvin Gordon. (winner winner chicken dinner for MM)
■ Charles Fisher analyzes the "loaded option" play during some recent games and comments on the latest college football ranking.
■ Matt Takimoto @ATQ want to put back the War in Civil War.
■ Dale Newton says the outlook for the beav trash is cloudy with a chance of rout.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Highlights: Most of the team periods were held at walk-through pace, though Tony Washington did show off impressive anticipation by jumping out and intercepting a screen pass with one hand in that format. … The most entertaining period thus was 7-on-7. Marcus Mariota peppered the ball around to Byron Marshall, Charles Nelson, Dwayne Stanford, Darren Carrington and Devon Allen. Jeff Lockie was throwing with Chance Allen, Johnathan Loyd, Koa Ka'ai and Johnny Mundt among others. … On the defensive field, Tyree Robinson tipped a pass away from a receiver and into the arms of Arrion Springs. A few minutes later, Robinson nearly had an interception of his own, but settled for another pass breakup. Ragin, Reggie Daniels and Dior Mathis also broke up passes.
■ Andrew Greif has a sneak peek at the Civil War and shares his personal memories of the past series.
■ Ken Goe looks at what the Civil War used to mean.
■ Thomas Tyner is apparently day-to-day because of lingering injuries.
■ Chantel Jennings talks about the O-line injuries this season.
■ Nathan Roholt reflects on the legend that is Marcus Mariota.
■ Dale Newton looks back on 30 years of Civil War history and doesn't expect any drama to unfold this year.
...Duck fans would be just as happy with another uneventful blowout. Nobody stealing the mascot or the head of Lee Corso, just some brisk early touchdown drives and no theatrics. Wrap things up early and clean. There’s a conference championship to play for and a final four berth. Business as usual would be just fine.