Your quack's a little late today, but that's the price you pay for my own selfishness. I'm on the West Coast this morning, and will be happily responding to Bob Welch's call to give 110% tomorrow night in Autzen. Here's your quack:
- There are a couple great profiles on the defense this morning. Ken Goe had one on Dion Jordan, who sufferred third degree burns on 40% of his body during a gas-siphoning accident as a teenager. It was a long journey to Oregon, and then to the defensive side of the ball, but Jordan is starting to make great use of his immense athletic gifts. He had a great game against Cal, and will hopefully continue that trend against ASU.
- Adam Jude has a piece on Josh Kaddu, the Ducks starting strongside linebacker. His roles have changed greatly since Jerry Azzinaro arrived, as the drop end and strongside linebacker or essentially interchangeable. He has been filling the role well, blitzing a lot and picking up two sacks this season.
- Ken Goe has a length piece on the Cliff Harris drama. Will this end, please? With so little information available, it's tough to take a side in this fight. I'm sure that Cliff is not practicing as Chip wants, but he's also been the Ducks best cornerback when he's on the field.
- How will the Ducks far without LaMichael James? Ted Miller has a story on this topic. The Ducks have a ton of weapons, though I'm still mildly concerned that none of them have produced with any consistency this season.
- It's going to be a huge weekend for Oregon recruiting. Duck Sports Authority has a list of the big visitors.
- Oregon basketball is starting tonight, with a public practice at Matt Court. George Schroeder has a piece on how the Ducks are looking to make a giant leap. The Ducks outperformed all expectations last season under Dana Altman, but suddenly have a lot of talent on the team, and a lot of expectations.
- Part of those expectations are due to freshman Jabari Brown. Matt Prehm has a piece on coach and teamate reaction to the shooting guard.
That's all I got. Leave anything else in the comments. GO DUCKS!