I leave for a week, spring practice has started, Oregon won the CBI, and Will Lyles is stirring up a mess. It was a busy weekend, so we got all sorts of quack, so make sure to continue after the jump for more quack and videos:
- Oregon is the CBI champions! What does that mean? Not a lot if they don't do anything with it. Coach Altman wants his team to have much higher aspirations than the 3rd most prestigious postseason tournament. It was a good experience for the seniors, but the CBI was about experience and improvement. The Ducks were 7-2 in the postseason, and that's something to be proud of, but it will only be remembered if the Ducks do something with it.
- Spring practice started last week, and there is all sorts of football news for your enjoyment. Rob Moseley has an update on the battle for center between Karrington Armstrong and Hroniss Grasu, who have both done well in the early days of spring practice. The Ducks may lose some physicality from the position, but gain athleticism with either player.
- Moseley also has an update on the position worrying most Duck fans, the defensive line. Though the Ducks lose three starters, all of the players competing for time played quite a bit last season, and coach Azzinaro is counting on those players moving from reserves into starters, as has consistently happened the last few years.
- Whenever spring practice starts, everyone likes to talk about those distractions. How will the team respond when random people are writing about them? If last year is any indication, it will help the team, and Ted Miller reports that this year is no different.
- One of the biggest questions this spring has been Lache Seatsrunk, due to his being a relative disappointment last season, and the off-the-field controversy surrounding his recruitment. But he seems to have responded well, and is being praised by RB Coach Gary Campbell. While Lache was having problems grasping the playbook last year, it seems like he's moving beyond that, which would be great news for Oregon's RB depth next season.
- Moseley had a practice update for Saturday, and included this slideshow.
- Ken Goe has a piece on the TZR package that has been much talked about, but little used over the past couple seasons. These plans have been undone by injuries and suspensions that last two seasons, but with the an incredibly deep group of skill position players, the Ducks are sure to use some interesting ways to get them the ball.
- Oregon baseball had a rough weekend in the desert, as they were swept by No. 5 ASU, and lost yesterday's game 8-0. It's going to be really tough coming back from an 0-3 conference start, and the Ducks will try to make some progress as they host the huskies this weekend.
- Oregon softball had a slightly better weekend. Though they dropped the first two games of their series against No. 6 Washington, they won the last game of the series 8-0.
- As originally posted by QuackinAK, Oregon got it's first commitment for the 2012 recruiting class. ATH Oshay Dunmore from Newport has committed to the Ducks! Duck Territory has some more info on the commitment.
- The Will Lyles saga keep dragging on, and you can be sure that it will for some time. After last week's allegations regarding Patrick Peterson, now LaMichael James is coming to the defense of his friend.
If you've got anything else, drop it below. GO DUCKS!
Coach Altman after winning CBI
LaMichael James after Saturday Practice
Video of Saturday Practice