This was the scene near the end of the 2011 match up between Oregon and Stanford. - Ezra Shaw
Today's Quack Fix is dedicated to the Oregon Duck Football seniors who play their last home game at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you have given us over the years and may you go on to find success in that big world out there beyond the University of Oregon. We salute the following
Kiko Alonso, Kenjon Barner, Rob Beard, John Boyett, Ryan Clanton, Michael Clay, Nick Cody, Dion Jordan, Kyle Long, Nick Morrison, Will Murphy, Jeff Palmer, Issac Remington, Jackson Rice, Jennings Stewart, Rahsaan Vaughn, and Carson York.
Please leave your favorite memories, well wishes, and pieces of worldly advice as these young men journey out into the world. Your time as Oregon Football players may be ending, but you are just beginning the rest of your lives and while the field may have been exciting, the best years are yet to come. Onto the quack.
- Stanford Football Head Coach David Shaw has been preparing for games against Arizona and Oregon since the beginning of the year and linebacker depth is his big key going into this game. I'm a big Shayne Skov fan and I think he will be a big factor in defending against Oregon's attack. We talk a lot about Oregon's depth but Shaw has been using Stanford's depth throughout the year to keep guys fresh and how efficiently they can handle these rotations will be an important point in defending against the Ducks.
- Continuing the important position of linebacker theme, Stanford will need to pick its poison in the game on Saturday because Oregon has proved it has enough balance to win either in the passing or rushing game. I think the Cardinal will try to do what they do best which is stop the run by employing a similar philosophy as Cal. Even though Mariota has proven he can succeed against these types of defenses, he is a bit banged up and the weather could cause some dropped balls and other fluky plays. The common theme in these articles is "If Stanford can do X, they will keep it close and possibly pull the upset". I'm just not sure relying on Oregon being inconsistent is a good strategy.
- In Men's Basketball news, Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi has been given a waiver and he is eligible to play as soon as tonight against Vanderbilt. People are high on him for a number of reasons but he averaged a double-double last year and adds another dimension to a developing Oregon front line. I don't know for sure if we'll see him right away but it will be one of the many storylines heading into tonight's contest.
- Speaking of tonight's men's basketball game, Vanderbilt represents an important test early in the season. The Commodores were a tournament team last year, going 25-11 but they don't return any starters from that squad and will need to travel cross-country to face Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena. Here's a somewhat nervous preview from a Vanderbilt perspective.
And finally, we all love football season but what I really enjoy is all the senior bowls, all-star games and other exhibitions. In fact, I was really excited to see this East vs. West game on the schedule.