Apparently it doesn't matter who returns punts for the Ducks, as long as they hold onto the football.
Well, a 49-point win will sure go a long way to make your team look better than it might be. But hey, overreaction either way is what college football is all about. For me, this type of performance was exactly what I wanted to see against a team like Nevada. The Ducks did what they needed to do, and won big. But there were also enough mistakes for the Ducks to keep from getting complacent. It was the best of both worlds.
We've got a lot of quack to catch up on, so stick around after the jump for more articles, and a whole lot of videos. On to the quack:
- Chip Kelly is trying to keep the team on an even keel, saying that the Ducks are "somewhere in the middle" after a big loss and a big win. In this post, Moseley also has more thoughts from Kelly. He notes that a number of young players in the secondary played well, including Brian Jackson, Terrance Mitchell, and Erick Dargan.
- Ken Woody has his recap of the Nevada game. He says the Ducks improved greatly. But it's easy to look improved when you can simply out-match another team physically. Nevada couldn't even handle a simple wheel route, and made Oregon's offense look pretty great.
- Darron Thomas had a pretty good day Saturday. Andy McNamara says it's the 4th-highest rated game by a passer since 2005.
- Moseley's piece this morning is on the young Ducks who played this weekend. The Ducks had so many new players in, they didn't know what a TV timeout was.
- Aaron Fentress had a piece yesterday on Oregon's running game. There were bright spots, and I thought all the running backs did a good job, but the offensive line still has a ways to come. Carson York has some good thoughts on where the offensive line can improve in the piece.
- Two columnists talked about De'Anthony Thomas. Both Canzano and Schroeder had pieces. Click at your own risk.
- Oregon's got another star recruit coming to town, but this time it's in track. Lukas Verzbicas recently won the junior title at the world triathlon championships in honor of his friend that has cancer.