Oregon Ducks Elevator: Paul Westhead, Kenjon Barner, George Horton, Nick Aliotti and More

Hai guyz! Did you see that coach of mine? He's living in the Penthouse! Woot! - Thearon W. Henderson

The Oregon Ducks Elevator is a weekly series that tracks the ups and downs of players, coaches, personnel, celebrities, locations or really anything that needs to be reviewed from week to week. We'll check in on how the Elevator is operating every Monday during the Football season and periodically throughout the rest of the year.

Kenjon Barner: It's tough to fault a guy who had to face getting spied most of the night by Cal's defense. He did rack up 100 all-purpose yards but he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry which makes for a tough followup to his Heisman-like performance against USC. While the Heisman Trophy may be out of his grasp, there is still a lot of work to do against Stanford this upcoming week and with our defense having major injury issues, we just might need one of those USC-like performances to get through it. Elevator: Down 1 Floor

Josh Huff: I love having a healthy Josh Huff at wide receiver. His blocking and pass catching ability makes an amazing difference for Marcus Mariota as he surveys the field. Huff had the best game of his career, notching 109 yards on 5 receptions and 3 touchdowns. Elevator: Up 2 Floors

Nick Aliotti: With injuries all over the defense, you had to expect some give in an otherwise stout Oregon unit. While Cal's offense isn't the juggernaut that other teams are, Aliotti was able to patch together enough of a unit and gameplan in the second half to keep the Bears from racking up points and help the Ducks to a big blowout victory. Tradition says you play defensive players on defense. When you have TE's, converted WR's and walkons playing meaningful minutes on your front seven, when the game is still very much in question, that's a testament to the preparation and game planning of Nick and the other coaches. With Stanford coming to town this week, we'll see what kind of rabbit Aliotti pulls out of the hat. Elevator: In the Penthouse

Paul Westhead: The Ducks lost to St. Mary's over the weekend, 78-69 in their season opener. While losing to St. Mary's isn't the end of the world (they were a 22-win team last year), the team shot 30.6% from the field. That's just unwatchable basketball. I understand that "The System" is supposed to generate more shots but the fact remains that you have to actually make shots in order to win basketball games. Couple that with getting outrebounded 56-42 for the game and you are just not going to win many basketball games that way. This is going to be a long season for Women's Basketball. Elevator: Down 2 Floors

Tony Woods: Having a monster on the block just makes me feel all warm and squishy inside. Woods was 6-10 from the field and ended the game with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots as the Oregon Men's Basketball team defeated Northern Arizona, 83-73. Oregon, as a team, shot 48% from the field for the game. Although Northern Arizona isn't the stiffest of competition, this game was a good launching point for the team looking to make a post-season run. Elevator: Up 1 Floor

George Horton: Looks like we have a baseball coach with a signed contract! That's worth a few bumps for this week. I'll be honest, though. I hope he didn't get what he was asking for because that was a lot of money in a program that's in the red financially. Elevator: Up 1 Floor

Marcus Mariota: I'm running out of things to say about the guy. What a gutsy performance on Saturday to lead the team over Cal. I will say that I'm no fan of lingering shoulder issues. Let's hope it gets healed up quickly and doesn't last through the final games of the season. If he can stay healthy, this may end up being one of the best single-season performances of any Duck ever. Elevator: Up 1 Floor

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