In today's Quack Fix, we get to know the "glue" of the Oregon defense, hope that Kiko and Colt get healthy for USC, and stop worrying about De'Anthony's production.
This is the least panic I think I've ever seen around ATQ for a Pac-12 opponent. Even WSU scares you guys more than the Buffs. I'm sure we'll be back to the norm next week. Here's your quack.
- Rob Moseley's article this morning is on Michael Clay, and just how important he is the Oregon defense. Clay's grasp of the defense helps get the front 7 set up for the play. His knowledge of the Oregon scheme is invaluable.
- With Isaac Remington back, the Ducks should have their full rotation of defensive linemen, but Kiko Alonso is battling a wrist injury and unlikely to play this weekend. Colt Lyerla is also still battling a leg injury. Hopefully both will be healthy against USC next week.
- Mike Leach banned his players from using Twitter, but Chip Kelly doesn't have any plans to do that. According to Chip, "If they can't be responsible in social media, then we recruited the wrong kids."
- De'Anthony Thomas' production has dropped significantly in recent weeks, but the Ducks aren't concerned about that. ASU made it their gameplan to stop DAT, and Kenjon and Marcus ran wild. And that's what makes Oregon so dangerous, you can't just focus on one player, because everyone else will beat you. De'Anthony doesn't seem to care about his touches or his numbers. And just being on the field helps the team do that.
- Ken Woody's "Upon Further Review" piece once again talks about incompetence in Pac-12 officiating. Twice this year the Ducks have had the previous previous play reviewed, nullifying Touchdowns in both cases. Woody also comments on Oregon's vanilla second half play-calling, and why that is actually a very good thing for Oregon's offensive line.
- Lastly, a Pacific Takes roundtable asks who can knock off the Ducks. The overwhelming answer is USC, with a few OSU's thrown in.
Got any other quack, leave it in the comments. GO DUCKS!