Morning Quack Fix: 1.13.09

I have a few meetings this morning, so these links were compiled pretty early.  Please feel free to post any other interesting links as they are found.

  • Moseley is reporting that Utah will have to replace two underclassmen on the defensive side of the ball before coming out to Eugene next September.  Paul Kruger (DE) and Sean Smith (CB) have been advised that they are first day picks.  Having to replace NFL-level talent next season can only help the Ducks when they face them.
  • He is also reporting that the Washington-Oregon game will not move to Thanksgiving, which is very good news. He also has a bit of info on all of the behind the scenes action that happens every year regarding scheduling.
  • Rickert has a piece up about Oregon's recent success in  finding impact talent from the JC ranks.  And, with this year's class already having three JC players who have signed letters of intent and two more who have verbally committed (not including Justin Thompson), let's hope this trends continues. 
  • Moseley has also compiled some of the all-bowl teams that mention Oregon players.  The various teams highlight the job done by the offensive line in the holiday bowl.  Have I mentioned what a great game that was?  
  • It appears that former Tennessee QB Tee Martin will be in town to discuss a potential spot on the coaching staff.  Adding even more intrigue to the meeting is the note that Martin has been retained by Tajh Boyd's family as a recruiting consultant.  I sincerely hope that any interest in Martin is not based solely on his ties with Boyd. 
  • Mike Tokito at the OregonLive blog offers up his basketball power rankings.  The only significant difference than our power rankings?  Tokito has USC at eighth whereas we had the Trojans fifth.  As the only winless conference team, Oregon comes in 10th in both.  
  • The LA Daily News is reporting that USC Safety Taylor Mays will be back for his senior season. This will help bolster a defense that was assumed to lose almost every impact player. Mays joins CB Josh Pinkard and RB CJ Gable in returning for another year in LA. Obviously, this isn't great news for the rest of the Pac-10. h/t: Ted Miller.

If you see any worthwhile links, or just want to comment, leave em below! GO DUCKS!

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