Quack Fix: More from spring practice, "buying" the Ducks, track & field has high hopes

Doug Pensinger

We got some good quack today, talking running backs, Oregon vs. Stanford, and a great track & field and softball teams.

  • With the departure of Kenjon Barner, many Duck fans are anxious to see what happens at running back next season. For the spring, DAT is the #1 back. After his performance in the Civil War last year, I think he'll be great there. Right now, Byron Marshall is slated as the backup. But if he can improve over the spring, that could give Helfrich and the coaches confidence to get a bit creative with both players, and give them less worry that DAT will get injured from the increased workload.
  • Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell both buy Oregon in their latest "Buy Or Sell" piece. Both compare Oregon to Stanford. Look, I know it's the popular thing to do right now, but I'm not quite seeing it. Stanford was a very good team last year, but they weren't elite (#11 in F/+ if that's your thing, to Oregon's #2). It reminds me of the hype that USC got for getting a win at Autzen. Stanford will be a very good team next year. But if Oregon's elite again, I don't think that'll matter.
  • Speaking of elite, it might be time to jump on the Oregon track and field bandwagon. The goal for the team this year is a sweep of the NCAA Championships. And it's a possibility, with both the men's and the women's team ranked in the top 5 currently.
  • The team has a huge chance to measure themselves against the best this weekend as they host the Pepsi Invitational at Hayward Field. Texas A&M, washington, and Washington State will be in town. Texas A&M has the top-ranked men's team in the country, and the number 3 women's team. Should make for an exciting day.
  • The softball team completed another sweep. Yesterday 9th ranked Oregon took down Utah 5-2 to move to 8-1 in conference play. Coupled with No. 4 Cal's loss yesterday, the Ducks are now in first in the conference rankings. Oregon heads to Cal this weekend for a series that will have huge conference and national implications.

We got a few videos from after practice below. Leave anything else in the comments. GO DUCKS!

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