Quack Fix: Previewing the DL, Pulfer wins PotW honors and Galen Rupp returns to Hayward Field

Some good track & field quack today.  In football news, LSU is only 109 days away.

  • In continuing his series on football BCS contenders, Matt Hinton takes a look at Oregon's chances to reach the title game.  While Hinton thinks the Ducks will be fine on offense, he questions whether the Ducks will come out victorious in both the LSU and Stanford games and whether the Ducks have the talent and depth to overcome all the losses on both lines, linebacker and wide receiver.  
  • Moseley has his post-spring preview of the defensive line. Rob notes that of all the positions of question entering the spring, the defensive line is the one the team appears most confident to have answered heading into the summer.  Headlining the group was the emergence of Dion Jordan, who has completed the switch from offense and looks to have locked up a starting DE spot. 
  • Construction for the new football operations building is set to begin next month.  Also included as part of the project is a soccer and lacrosse complex.  
  • Ken Goe writes that English Gardner's record-breaking performance at the Pac-10 championships has the Ducks back in contention for the NCAA title.  Some had thought the Ducks would be unable to overcome the season-ending injury  to Brianne Theisen, who was expected to win the NCAA heptathlon title.  Goe notes that the most recent form chart has Oregon coming in second to Texas A&M by a mere five points, which does not include Gardner scoring. 
  • Danny Pulfer was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after helping the Ducks to a 3-1-1 record highlighted by a series win against Stanford.  During that five-game span, Pulfer hit .565 with a homerun while recording at least two hits in each game.  Goe has the full release from the Ducks, who kick off a two-game series against Gonzaga tonight at PK Park. 
  • Ron Bellamy previews the men's two-mile field for the upcoming Prefontaine Classic.  Competing in the field is former Oregon standout Galen Rupp, the national champion in 10,000 meters over the last two years.  Also competing in the event are three elite teenagers, including Oregon recruit Lukas Verzbicas, who will be looking to break the national high school record for that distance.

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Go Ducks!

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