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Friday, October 24, 2014

Pre-game stories

Tyson Alger gives you five things to watch for during the game tonight.

3. Keep on rolling in the Royce

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Oregon's running game seemed like it ground to a halt? Yeah, Royce Freeman has done the best to make you forget. No Oregon Duck rushed for more than 100 yards in Oregon's first five games. In the last two, Freeman has put up 121 and 169-yard efforts, highlighted by his four touchdown performance against Washington. Freeman has 11 touchdowns on the ground, is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and has firmly grabbed the reigns of Oregon's No. 1 spot in the backfield. Against Cal's porous defense, another 100-yard game could be likely.

■ Ken Goe wonders how good Cal really is.

Chantel Jennings also has five things to watch for,

Charles Fisher looks at the keys to the game.

■ Dale Newton wants to see improvement from the special teams and hopes to see Thomas Tyner be more active.

■ John Canzano shares his thoughts on tonight's game.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Thursday practice report.

Scout-team scrimmage highlights: Play of the day was by quarterback Ty Griffin, who tucked the ball away on the fourth snap of the 10-minute period and ran around end for a touchdown. A player on the sideline approved: “That boy’s got wheels!” … The defense did a better job of containing Griffin the other times he opted to run. Michael Manns forced him out of bounds the next time, and Ivan Faulhaber got past an offensive tackle for a sack. … Haniteli Lousi had a block that helped spring Tony James for a long run. … Glen Ihenacho intercepted a pass, and fellow freshman safety Khalil Oliver broke up two others. … Jordan Kurahara had a sack, as he seems to do each week in these scrimmages.

■ Andrew Greif wonders if the win streak against Cal will continue against Cal.

Ryan Kostecka says the young wide receivers have the Ducks firing on all cylinders and takes a closer look at Charles Nelson.

Chantel Jennings has a good story on Royce Freeman.

The ESPN Pac-12 bloggers all predict an Oregon victory tonight.

Tyson Alger wonders if a possible telecom merger might lead to DirectTV carrying the Pac-12 Network games.

Dale Newton likes the steady improvement of the Oregon defense and taking care of the ball during the rest of the schedule will be vital.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Morning Mud: Bonus Video

Don Pellum and Ifo Ekpre-Olumu talk to the media after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KEZI.


Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Wednesday practice report.

Observations: Not much to offer today, since it was a walk-through of the plays the Ducks will run Friday against the Golden Bears. … The day did begin as usual with a 37-yard field goal attempt, which Mark Helfrich said was good (the netting that has goal posts printed on it hadn’t dropped down in time when the kick was made). … The equipment truck was being packed up today, and thus coaches planned to meet and identify the travel squad at some point.

■ Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been named to the list of quarterfinalists for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Andrew Greif gives you five things to know about in Friday's game against Cal.

■ Travis Haney wonders if the game against Utah will be too much after Cal and Stanford.

■ Josh Schlichter previews the game against Cal.

■ Chantel Jennings says the Ducks have the Pac-12 banner but wonders if it can hold.

Caleb Couturie sat down with Tony Washington recently who says he's ready to play no matter where they are.

Dale Newton says the impressive thing about the 2014 Ducks, they just keep improving.

Charles Fisher says he never tires of watching the Ducks beat the Huskies. Can' say I disagree, kick a dog when they're down.