It's Wednesday, and the only thing that can get us over the hump is a little Morning Quack. Here it is:
- Oregon will open its 2009 home slate with a non-conference night game against the Purdue Boilermakers. The game, which will air on Fox Sports Net, marks the fourth of the Ducks' six games with finalized start times that will kickoff after 5:00 p.m.
- Nine Ducks landed on Phil Steele's Preseason All-America and All-Conference teams. Walter Thurmond III was the only Duck represented on the All-America list as a fourth-team selection. Now, if someone can tell me who the hell Phil Steele is and why his list has a fourth team, that would be great.
- Two Ducks will appear in this week's Sports Illustrated: Cole Linehan and Jeff Kendall. According to Rob Moseley of the Register-Guard, the feature is focused on the risk of weight problems for college linemen after their playing careers end. The issue hits newsstands today. [UPDATE] Here's a link to the entire story.
- Andrew Greif of the Daily Emerald has a nice piece on former Oregon soccer star Jesse Chatfield, who, at age 22, will become head women's soccer coach at Eugene's Churchill High School, her alma mater.
- And finally, if you have a few extra minutes (and you should, because it's only Wednesday), check out Ted Miller's Pac-10 Conference Call video.
As always, post your thoughts or any relevant links in the comments.