Good morning Duck fans! Most of the news out there this morning is on yesterday's practice. Let's get right to it.
- Moseley blogs that the first practice this week did not have the intensity of last week. Chip Kelly is waiting for a leader to emerge on both sides of the ball that can help motivate the team through rough patches. Chris Courtney, of eDuck, has notes from yesterday's practice, which cover some of injury updates, the inconsistent play from the wide receivers, and the improvement of DT. However, one of the biggest developments yesterday was the return of LeGarrette Blount to practice, though he was held out of most drills. Finally, John Hunt has the best quote, play and sign from yesterday.
- Moseley has a piece up on the improvement of Jamere Holland (which also includes a video). Holland developing into a legitmate threat at receiver would be a huge boon to this team, which has its share of talent and potential at the WR spot, but not a lot of proven commodities.
- Bruce Feldman runs down the 10 teams he thinks has the best shot at winning next year's BCS title. The Ducks appear to come in at #11, as they are listed as the first team to miss the cut. However, two 2009 opponents show up on the list: USC (#5) and Boise State (#7). Of course, Notre Dame comes in at #10, so take the list for what you will.
- The final news item of the day is a blog piece by Ted Miller that discusses the Oregon legislature possibly enacting a "Rooney Rule," that would require public universities to interview at least one minority candidate when looking for a football coach.
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