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What the Papers are Saying

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Here's what the media is saying about the tomorrow's game:

Brian Meehan in the Oregonian to forget the California game and seize its future with a good performance over UCLA.  We here at ADQ had the same thoughts the day after the game.  UCLA is a very good team, and if the Ducks dwell on last week's loss, then they will get beat again.  There is a lot of football left to be played, and Oregon is still on pace for a very good season.  It starts with this game.

The Orange County Register notes some injury woes for the Bruins.   Christian Taylor is questionable, so we might see more Kyle Bosworth.  If Taylor does not play, or is not 100%, it will be a big loss for the Bruins.

The Daily Emerald notes that the freshmen will be out in full force for their first game at the U of O.  The line for student tickets was 3 1/2 hours.  Why is the author complaining?  My freshman year I waited 4 hours for a Stanford ticket and 12 hours for a Civil War ticket.  What's the big deal about 3 1/2 hours?  You're college students, you were probably going to skip Writing 121 anyway.

The Los Angeles times is saying that UCLA will use this game as a measuring stick of where their second ranked defense really stands.  Its a good point, as although the stats look good, they weren't terribly tested by Rice, Arizona, or Stanford.

Finally, the Register Guard has news to report on the injury front for the Ducks.  Garren Strong, Enoka Lucas, and Jeremy Gibbs will play against UCLA.  However, not all news is good news.   The secondary will get even thinner with Terrell Ward and Jameel Dowling out.  Jairus Byrd will probably start opposite Walter Thurmond, and there has been some specualtion in the OregonLive forum that Marvin Johnson might lose his redshirt.  The kicking situation is also unsettled.  It looks like Paul Martinez will be out, so expect Matt Evensen to handle the placekicking.  Bellotti is also unsure who will punt.  I liked Aaron Knowles, and I thought he did a better job against Cal than Matt Dragich had been doing.

GO DUCKS!!!

--Dave