Morning Quack Fix: QB controversy? What QB controversy?

Well, we're heading into Cal at 2-1.  While it may not have been pretty and it probably raised more questions than it answered, that's still right where many of us thought we would be given our non-conference schedule.   Now, let's start off our Tuesday with some quack.

  • John Hunt has some quotes from Nate Costa who is shrugging off any talk of a QB controversy.  This has been discussed ad nauseam recently on this site -- but I strongly agree with those that argue that the situation is being handled appropriately.  Making a QB change heading into our matchup with Cal is not the time to do it.  Masoli gives the team the best chance to win.    George Schroder agrees.
  • Moseley's feature piece today focuses on Masoli and the support he is receiving from coaches and teammates.  For what it's worth, it sounds like he had a great practice on Monday, completeing 50-64 passes -- despite a handful of drops.  This quote by Mark Helfrich sums it up: "Jeremiah’s biggest strength is his ability to just make plays when things break down.  But our efficiency needs to come when the play is there to be made — make it." 
  • The latest on the T.J. Ward front is that he is questionable for Saturday's game.  Moseley notes at the end of his practice update that Ward feels his recovery has "plateaued".  The play of John Boyett in his place has at least provided us the luxury of not needing to rush Ward back -- though hopefully it won't be too much longer.   
  • Moseley has a collection of links to some of the computer rankings used in the BCS -- and some of them really like Oregon.  Just think how great Oregon's resume will look after beating Cal this weekend.  Clark chimes in with his weekly ranking of the conference teams -- and Oregon jumps from #7 last week to #4.
  • On the LeGarrette Blount Watch, Moseley notes that his absence from practice on Monday and the Utah game were probably due to the fact that he became a father.  Congratulations to Blount and the mother. 
  • On the recruiting front, DucksAttack has some stats from the most recent week for several Oregon commits.  In particular, it looks like DB Terrance Mitchell had a big week on both sides of the ball.  I believe Jared posted this yesterday in the comments, but in case you missed it, DB Troy Hill really enjoyed his visit this past weekend.  So much so that he almost committed on the spot.  However, Hill currently plans to take his trips to Arizona and Washington. 
  • Also in today's Register-Guard, Moseley writes about Gabe King's first practice with South Eugene.  The article also sheds some more light on the events that led to King selecting South Eugene as the spot for his senior year.   
  • In basketball news, the NCAA tournament will return to Portland in 2012 after successfully hosting first round games this past year.  Hopefully, it will give the Ducks a chance to play close to home, as the team will be anchored by last year's freshmen class who will then be seniors.  As pointed out in the comments, if Oregon is the host school, they would not be allowed to play in the subregional in Portland.
  • For the volleyball fans out there, the Ducks have climbed to #7 national ranking after beating #9 Minnesota.  The Ducks will open Pac-10 play this week against #3 Washington.    

Don't forget to check out the video of Chip Kelly's press conference after the jump.

Go Ducks!

Chip Kelly talks Cal

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