Your leading rusher from Saturday, Byron Marshall.
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.
Jake Fisher: Offensive lineman will never get the credit they deserve. These are the guys that do all the dirty work for the flash, the speed, the thunder and the lightening. That changes today. Despite a penalty, you have to give it up for a guy who not only trailed a play and (mostly) kept up with De'Anthony Thomas during a break towards the endzone, but he had the wherewithal to recover a Thomas fumble for a touchdown. This is the type of play that serves as a reminder to never take anything for granted. Congratulations big man, you deserve it. Elevator: In the Penthouse
Impatient Fans: To the young guy that sat there, taunting cops and security after the game was over. You jumped over the railing despite them telling you not you. You screwed up your ankle and got escorted out by police. You're a dumbass. How many times do people have to be told? Do not go on the field for 5 minutes after the end of the game and don't jump over the barrier railing. Elevator: Trying to find the Lobby
Byron Marshall: We last saw Bryon in some limited action against Arkansas State, notching 24 carries and 64 yards. While that outing provided some good experience in D1 Football, that wasn't the type of performance to give Duck Fans good feelings about running back depth. After sitting out last week, Marshall returned to carry the rock 13 times, gaining a game high 125 yards on the ground. While averaging 9.6 yards per carry against an FCS opponent seems like an afterthought, I see a guy who learned a lot from sitting out last week and who came in determined to make difference with the playing time he received. I like what I'm seeing and can't wait to see more. Elevator: Up 1 Floor
Kenjon Barner: After a 30+ carries performance from last week, I was extremely happy to see Barner's line with only 13 carries and a couple of receptions. With Pac-12 play looming, a well-rested running back will be a powerful weapon against the Arizona Wildcats. While it's hard to quibble with a workmanlike performance, I would have liked to see Kenjon up over 5 yards per carry against an FCS school. Elevator: Down 1 Floor
Fans Who Hate the Wave: I really don't understand the upswell of hate towards "The Wave" with some fans. Some people think it's a "Husky Cheer" which means we shouldn't do anything possibly related to it. People do know that the alternative stadium side "GO!!!! ..... (insert mascot name here)!!!" is done at Husky Stadium as well? The wave is a fan spectacle that is cool to see in person and participate in. It usually only happens in blowouts when the weather is awesome. If "The Wave" makes you angry or upset in some way, I think you need to figure out a way to relax because honestly, it's just not that important. Let people have their fun and enjoy it for what it is. Elevator: Down 1 Floor
Robert Johnson: Earlier this week, Johnson was named head coach of the University of Oregon Track and Field program as Vin Lananna moves on to focus on making Track Town USA a world-class destination for the sport. While the Football team may get all press and publicity, Eugene isn't known as "Football Town USA". Elevator: Up 1 Floor
Bryan Bennett: He got the play of the day with a flipping, touchdown run and did a serviceable job in mop up duty after the game was well in hand. He also made a great tackle on the Tennessee Tech defender that grabbed an interception from him. The problem I had was his reaction to the player after he made the tackle. He got up and was definitely emotional after that play. I couldn't tell if Bryan was fired up about making a good tackle, taunting the defender or mad at himself for throwing that pick. I thought he was going to get a penalty but it never came thankfully. Maybe we should put him in a position to hit some people more often? Elevator: On the same floor
Fans Who Insist on Booing Injuries: Ok, I get it. Cal was faking injuries against us to slow the team down. It was years ago now. It's time to grow up and move past it. Booing a guy on an FCS team who was getting cramps when Oregon was up by several touchdowns is asinine. They obviously weren't trying to cheat or somehow slow us down. I hope that anyone who has booing fans around you will tell them to shut the hell up. Elevator: Trying to find the Lobby