The first week of fall camp is in the books, but we still got another week and a half to enjoy. Here's your quack fix:
- The storyline of the first week was obviously the QB competition, and Rob Moseley has the latest. Whatever imagined advantage that Nate Costa had seems to have evaporated. OC/QB Coach Mark Helfrich noted that Thomas has had a higher completion percentage, and has done a better job over the week limiting turnovers, and his consistency can be attributed to his improvement in footwork. There's a lot of time left in the competition, but it's just as uncertain as it's ever been. Moseley also has some notes on LMJ's knee (doesn't seem to be serious) and the CB competition, where Cliff Harris hasn't been seeing time with the first team as he tries to work his way out of the doghouse.
- One of the fun competitions of the spring has been the battle for the SAM linebacker, where Josh Kaddu and Boseko Lokombo have been battling for playing time. Both have been impressive, and will add a lot of depth to an already loaded unit. KVAL has full video of interviews with Kaddu and Lokombo.
- Andy McNamara of GoDucks.com has a couple random notes. First, LaMichael James was named to the Yahoo Sports preseason all-American team, if that's worth much. Also, McNamara runs down an impressive day for former Oregon players in NFL preseason games.
- The Rivals.com Top 120 countdown has the Ducks coming in at #4. While many preseason predictions are knocking the Ducks back about 5-7 spots due to Masoli's dismissal, Rivals doesn't seem to let that affect them much, and thinks the Ducks will get production from the QB spot.
- George Schroeder had a piece this weekend on Oregon's new AD Rob Mullens, who officially starts his new job today. Mullens has received nothing but praise since his hire, and seems like he'll be a great fit at Oregon.
- Lastly, it's a pretty big day in college baseball, as today is the final day that signed recruits can forgo their college choices and sign with MLB teams. Oregon has six recruits that were drafted, but have not yet signed with their teams. Coach Horton will be closely following first baseman Tyler Kuresa and catcher Stefan Sabol, who will not attend Oregon if they sign pro contracts by 9PM PST. Oregon may also get a chance at getting Justin LaTempa back for another season due to medical hardship, if he doesn't sign with the LA Angels.
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