We have a big game tomorrow down in LA, and here's the quack to get you through the next day:
- John Canazano's at it again! Oh wait, I guess not. His latest piece is actually pretty good, comparing Nate Costa to Tony Granziani, whose first career start also came in LA, also due to the starter being injured. Coincidence? Here's to hoping the game, and the season, end in similar ways.
- Here's your recent injury news. Gildon will start, T.J Ward is practicing again, but there no rush to get him back to the field. Overall, next's week BYE couldn't come at a much better time. Well, unless it was this week.
Rob Moseley has an interesting question for Duck fans. What do the Ducks do if Costa goes down? I hope the coaching staff has already decided, because pulling a BSU and only putting in Darron Thomas when it's too late would be very frustrating.
Ken Woody has a great blog post on "the Autzen mystique." This is usually a topic discussed in the off-season, when there isn't much to talk about, but it's good to hear Woody's perspective on just how noise affects players and games, both mentally and physically. He also talks about what the Ducks must overcome as it heads on the road this week.
- Adam Jude from the RG has a piece on LaMichael James, and how he has flourished and grown as the starting back. He's gained nothing but priase from his coaches and teamates, and is working hard to be able to handle the responsibilities of starting for a whole season. An important note from the article, if Blount is able to become reinstated, James will still be the number one option, and he has earned that.
Here are a few more comments from new UO commit, Nick Rowland. Turns out it was actually some advice from Husky Head Coach Steve Sarkesian that helped him know where he should commit. This article also has a note that Oregon is out of the running for Trovon Reed, though to my knowledge, he's still visiting during the USC game.
- In QB recruiting news, the underrated 2010 commit Bryan Bennett (the only QB Oregon will take in the 2010 class) had his official visit and it was great. Meanwhile a top 2011 recruit, DaMarcus Smith out of Kentucky, has Oregon as his top school early, after falling in love with Oregon during Dennis Dixon's senior season. Word is he will be visiting during the USC game, which is shaping up to be a huge recruiting weekend.
As always, leave your comments, as well as your answers to Moseley's question, below. GO DUCKS!