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Morning Quack Fix: 4.13.09

I hope that everyone had a great Easter weekend, and thanks to everyone that showed up and contributed to the Lacrosse meet up. On to the Quack:

  • It was a rough weekend for the baseball team. After dropping a game on a walk off home run on Thursday, Oregon lost the Friday and Saturday games by a total margin of 19-4. When the pitching falls apart, this team doesn't have that much else. At this point, the early talk of .500 record was a bit overoptimistic, especially considering the Pac-10 schedule. But now, this team just needs to work hard, and persevere, and not get too down on the results.
  • Oregon football held another scrimmage on Friday, and this time, the offense WON THE DAY! It sounds like the offensive line, despite multiple injury issues, seemed to step up, especially in the 11-on-11 scrimmage, and seeing a bit of growth in that area is a very positive development. But the story of the spring continues to be Jamere Holland. The guy has really stepped it up, and has a completely different attitude from last spring and early fall. I am very excited to see what he can do in the spring game. On the other side of the ball, WT3 continues to dominate, and the defensive line seems to be doing well under Azzinaro.
  • Blount finally made it back to practice, and brought something back with him: a bit of weight from momma's cooking. It hurt him to not take part in winter conditioning as well, as his self-imposed plans did not stand up to the program of Radcliffe. But he'll be in shape soon, as he still needs to drop 10 pounds or so to get to his playing weight of 235, and he hopes to be ready by the spring game. Also, make sure to check out the video on the video tab of Moseley's blog post linked above, as it was good interviews with Kelly and Blount.
  • Lastly, Oregonlive has a piece on how Oregon needs some leaders to step up. I'm not too worried at this point, as I'm sure that will happen with growth and improvement. At this point, the main problem is that a lot of the potential leaders are either quiet guys, or they just haven't had the experience or success necessary to take on that role. It will be an interesting story to keep on eye on this spring and going into fall.