Happy Monday everyone. 17 days til kickoff in Boise, and lots of football excitement in the air, with the football scrimmage this weekend. Here's your daily quack:
- Overall, well, it was a scrimmage. There were ups and downs, which Rob Moseley lists here. One obvious highlight was LeGarrette Blount simply throwing off an attempted William Wallace tackle. Also, Nate Costa had an excellent showing at QB, making a few very good plays. If his knee is healthy, then our QB depth will be excellent. It was also good to see Jackson Rice have a good showing. Unfortunately though, the receiver position wasn't really able to be looked at adequately because of injuries, while the field goal attempts did not go well, and there were a few issues with Jordan Holmes's snaps. However, it was a good day overall, and leaves us with a good deal of optimism, as well as some things to look for over the next couple weeks.
- Today is the final day that Oregon baseball recruits Tyler Matzek (11th pick in the MLB draft) and Jake Marisnick can sign MLB contracts. If they don't reach an agreement with their teams by 9pm tonight, they'll both be Ducks! George Horton is fairly confident that Matzek will be in summer school today (as Matzek is not close to reaching an agreement with the Rockies), though Marisnick is a bit closer to meeting terms with the Toronto Blue Jays. Either way, we'll have news updates on both players as they are available.
- In 2010 recruiting news, it sounds like 4* RB Dontae Williams has pretty much committed to Oregon, and will be officially announcing for the Ducks in the next two weeks. Williams went to the same high school as Darron Thomas, and is a big pickup for the Ducks, considering the running back depth the Ducks must get this year. Oregon already has two 4* running backs commits (Williams and Ethan Grant), and is still chasing 5* RB Marcus Lattimore.
- Also, Brandon Oliver from DuckTerritory has a good (free) article on recruiting expectations. I know that there have been some fans upset over not getting Pryor, Boyd, Brown, etc, but a Oliver points out that national recruiting success cannot be built overnight. And he also states what we can expect from our recruiting efforts in the south. This really is a great, and lengthy article, on recruiting in general, and the Duck's prospects for success, so check it out.
After the jump, check out two videos, one featuring Nate Costa (though it covers a lot more of the scrimmage), and another with the full Chip Kelly post-scrimmage interview. GO DUCKS!