Without a quack fix this weekend, we have a double-dose to bring you this morning, so make sure to stick around after the jump to get your full fix. Oh yeah, and it's game week. Nothing major or anything.
- Let's start off with our non-football news. One of Oregon's greatest athletes of all time, Ashton Eaton, took 2nd place in the decathlon at the World Championships over the weekend. He led for much of the first day, but slipped to second, and then third. He PR'd the final event, the 1500m, to take home the silver. In that final event, he had to beat Cuba’s Leonel Suárez by more than 5 seconds, and he did so by 5.10, putting him in second by 4 points.
- The Ducks started preparations for LSU on Saturday, and will return to the field in full pads today. The big key in preparation (outside of gameplan) will be establishing rotations. Of note, Terrance Mitchell will start at CB opposite Anthony Gildon, while it sounds like Kiko Alonso will be missing at least the LSU game.
- Adam Jude had a piece over the weekend on Oregon's starting center, Hronnis Grasu. I'm really excited to see him play the position. He's got agility and strength, and is up to 6'3" 293 pounds. If he can get through the LSU game, he should be in for an excellent year.
- Jude also had a piece on LaMichael James, oblivious as always to the Oregon all-time record he's about to break. How can you not love LMJ's attitude. He may see decreased production with Kenjon and DAT getting more touches, but he should be an even better player overall, and hopefully healthy the whole year, not just 3/4 of it. Make sure to hit the video tab on that article.
- Jude was a busy man over the weekend, he also had a notebook that covered a number of issues. He had some notes on Justin Hoffman, the former walk-on that looks to be one of the starting receivers against LSU. He also notes that Lyerla and De'Anthony Thomas will play early, and has some comments on LSU's new starting QB Jarrett Lee.
- Speaking of freshmen, Rob Moseley gives his very educated guesses on who will play this season. His guarantees, Lyerla, Thomas, and Tra Carson. Outside of those players, look for a WR like Tacoi Sumler or Devon Blackmonor, or linebacker Tyson Coleman or Anthony Wallace. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and TE Christian French may also warrant playing time at relatively thin positions.
- Aaron Fentress has an article looking at LSU's new starting QB, Jarrett Lee. While many fans on both sides may have initially thought Jordan Jefferson's would have a significant impact on the game, it only bumped the Vegas line two points, to Oregon -3. The bottom line is the Lee is no stranger to big-time football games, helping LSU to a number of victories. He may not be great, but he won't buckle in the spotlight.
- Ken Goe has an opinion piece up today, saying that it's time for Oregon to step up in a big non-conference game. In his daily rundown, he notes that the key to this will be getting the running game going. Oregon's last two bowl losses have seen the Oregon running game. With LSU missing some of their athleticism, this game will turn physical very quickly, and Oregon will need to be ready for that, and win that battle.
- Lots of photo galleries today. GoDucks.com has some shots of the Oregon Basketball's trip to Italy. OregonGridiron and Ducks Empire both have galleries of Oregon's fan day.
- Avinash of CGB and the new SBNation Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes has a post on Oregon's mid-line read.
Hope that was enough for you. If you've got anything else, leave it in the comments. GO DUCKS! 5 more days!