Hope you all had a good weekend. Let's get straight to the Monday fix:
- Jonathan Stewart has been in his old hometown Lacey, WA, putting on a free football camp, and the Oregonian had a feature on Stewart's impact. Unlike a lot of pro stars, Stewart is not accepting an appearance fee or charging a registration fee. He has also gotten a large number of former Ducks and NFL players to help him out with the camp. Stewart is definitely getting things done on and off the field, and I'm excited to see where his career takes him. It's great to have him representing the Ducks at the next level, along with Dixon, Byrd, and others.
- Former Duck Dante Rosario is also putting on his own camp in McMinnville, with the very appropriate name "Dante's Inferno." This is Rosario's third year of putting on the camp, and he had 210 third through eighth graders signed up to attend. He also had a few words of praise for Chip Kelly's handling of the offseason issues during the camp, and also talked a bit on his current QB and former Beaver Matt Moore.
- Did you guys know that the US has a collegiate national team? You do now! And Tyler Anderson Scott McGough have been named to the team which is made up of the best non-draft eligible players in the country. The US has won the last 3 FISU World University Championships. Hopefully Anderson and McGough can help bring home another.
- It's just about time for football, and that means that generic previews abound. Scout has their 2010 Oregon preview up, and the focus is not surprisingly on Oregon's offseason, though under the defensive page, the preview gives a lot of credit to Nick Aliotti, and could see the defense exceeding season forecasts.
- In Pac-10 news, Washington makes the Pre Snap Read preseason countdown at #54. I think this is a pretty fair assessment for a team that went 5-7 last year. Washington will be a dangerous team because of their skill position players, but are lacking just about everywhere else. Myerberg's final comments sum it up rather well: "Washington is improved, without question. But don’t expect these Huskies to make an appearance in the Rose Bowl; seven wins should be more than enough for a program two years removed from an 0-12 finish."
- Rob Moseley has an update on some former Oregon football players. Receiver Derrick Jones and linebacker Kevin Garrett have landed at California University of Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, speculation still abounds over where Jeremiah Masoli will end up, though it is thought he may be able to graduate and transfer without sitting out a year per NCAA rules.
- Lastly, how could we let a week go by without Rachel Bachman writing about the Oregon Athletic Department. Her latest scoop: Dana Altman is working without a formal contract, which is still being sorted out. While this may seem alarming, unlike the Bellotti situation, Altman has a signed term sheet, and both parties are working on a contract, as opposed to, well, just ignoring the contract situation as had previously happened.
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