It's another Monday, but at least we have a lot of quack to get you through the day. Make sure to check the football news after the jump:
- Malcom Armstead announced over the weekend that he will be leaving Oregon. After he almost left last year, this comes as quite a surprise. It sounds like Armstead is leaving mostly for family reasons. I'm sad to see Armstead go, but hope he finds success and happiness in the future. After breaking the Armstead news, Matt Prehm takes an look at who will replace Armstead at point guard.
- The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team won the NCATA title over the weekend, beating the preseason favorite Maryland Terrapins for the title.
- Oregon baseball salvaged a rather depressing weekend with a 9-0 win over the Huskies. After blowing two chances at victory on Friday and Saturday, the Ducks bats came alive to get their first conference victory.
- Oregon softball also got a victory in the final game of their series against the #3 ASU Sun Devils. The Ducks have faced two top 10 teams the past two weeks, and have come through with a respectable 2-4 record. Hopefully they can win a series or two soon.
- One of the stories going into Pepsi Invitation was the impact the new Ducks would make, and they came through in a big way, helping the Ducks to a sweep. English Gardener had a big day, as did Lanie Thompson, who won the steeplechase, despite having almost no experience in the event. For the men, Michael Berry won the 400m and held legs in the 100 and 400 relays. It's exciting to see Oregon youngsters having big performances in the sprints.
- After losing the first "competition day," the Oregon defense got revenge on Saturday. The win caps off a strong week by the defense. The defense took advantage of the more physical play of competition, and has had a lot more success against the offense since they've donned pads. LaMichael James expressed confidence in the offensive line, but stated that he and Kenjon will need to become adjusted to the strengths of weaknesses of the new line. Moseley also has a note on Nick Cole earning playing time, and lists Oregon's squad leaders this year.
- KVAL has some video interviews of players. They caught up with Boseko Lokombo and Don Pellum to discuss the new linebacker situation, and Lokombo's learning of the drop end position. His versatility will prove to be very important next year, and I love to see Aliotti doing what's necessary to keep the best players on the field. KVAL also caught up with Curtis White and Tom Osbourne. It sounds like the Ducks will be running a good amount of two tight end sets next year, so White should have the opportunity to make an impact, if he can hold off Colt Lyerla.
- Matt Hinton had a post looking at what could be the most important stat of them all, passing efficiency. This stat has been a huge predictor in wins the last few seasons. This will prove to be very important in Oregon's opener against LSU, who look to still have questions surrounding QB Jordan Jefferson.
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