It's Wednesday, and that means you should download Tuesday Night Talks. Here's a bit of quack to get you to Turkey Day:
- Rob Moseley's story today is on Oregon injury situation this year. In his weekly press conference yesterday, Chip Kelly called the Ducks "as banged-up as any team I’ve ever been around." With 2007 being such a memorable year for injuries, that's saying something. The Ducks haven't had many high-profile season ending injuries, but they have had numerous starters and regulars miss time. Rob Moseley has a list of all the injuries, and it makes the accomplishments of this season that much more impressive. It's not too long ago that Oregon would not have had the depth to deal with these injuries.
- LaMichael James' time at Oregon is nearing an end. If he does leave, he'll leave as without question the best back in Oregon history. He already has the records for most yards in a career, season, and game. If he scores one more touchdown, he'll pass Jared Siegel to become Oregon's all-time scoring leader.
- Oregon State has not been successful stopping Oregon's spread attack the last few seasons, but they have two freshmen defensive ends that could be disruptive. Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn are both small for their position, but they are quick, causing problems for offensive tackles. Crichton leads the conference in tackles for loss and fumbles forced. While this could prove problematic on passing downs, the Beavers will have to prove they can force the Ducks into those situations.
- It's another big night for Oregon basketball, as the Ducks are once against on the road against a veteran opponent. They take on Nebraska in Lincoln tonight, though they are down two men with Jabari Brown leaving the team and Tony Woods questionable with an ankle injury.
- It's not just the football team that suffers a letdown. The No. 13 Oregon volleyball team, fresh off upsets of two top-5 teams, was swept by the Beavers last night in Gill Coliseum. The Ducks went in thinking they'd win, but never ever lead against OSU, who is now 8-13 in conference. This loss drops the Ducks to 20-9 overall, 13-8 in conference.
- Lastly, news broke yesterday that Oregon received a commitment from 4-star WR Dwayne Stanford out of Cincinnati. Here's an article from his hometown paper, and here's Duck Territory's (free) piece on why Stanford chose Oregon.
Chip Kelly Press Conference
LaMichael James Press Conference