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Morning Quack Fix: Catching up with some alums, and can you quantify the success of the offensive line?

Man, it's another sparse day, but fall camp starts next week. There is hope.

  • George Schroeder has a column on Jordan Kent, who is now fighting for a long term spot with the Seattle Seahawks. Schroeder recounts the story of Kent beginning his football career at Oregon, which is great if you're like me and had never heard it before.
  • The Seattle Seahawks blog 12th man rising has a rookie projection on Max Unger. They are very excited about Ungers versatility and athleticism, and see him getting quite a bit of playing time this season, though not earning a starting spot out of training camp, which is really best for him in the long run.
  • In recruiting news, George Uko (previous article here) has said he will be making his verbal commitment August. At this point, work around DuckTerritory is that this is down to USC and Oregon.
  • Lastly, Bill Connelly (Football Outsiders and RockMNation) has another post on some of the advanced statistics in college football, and this time he tackles a very tough issue--trying to quantify the success of the offensive line vs. the running backs. However, I'm a bit skeptical of the results. For one, Jacquizz Rodgers comes across very poorly in these results, because all the gains within 7 yards of the line of scrimmage are attributed to the line play. However, Quizz turned many losses into gains making the OSU line look better on paper than it actually was. Meanwhile, Blount and Johnson were highly rated with these statistics, because they had many long runs. But many of those were untouched after the line of scrimmage. Is this due to the line play or due to them being great backs? Either way, I find this topic very interesting.

So what are your thoughts on quantifying line play, or how running backs are ranked versus the line? Leave a comment below. GO DUCKS!