Not a whole lot of Duck news out there this morning. Here's what I could round up:
- As Jared (and Dave) posted last night, Tyler Matzek and Jake Marisnick both signed professional baseball contracts with the clubs that drafted them, the Rockies and Blue Jays, respectively. Best of luck to both of them. Oregon closer Drew Gagnier will return for his senior season after choosing not to sign with Oakland as a 14th round pick.
- Tony from Duck Territory has write ups for both the offense and defense from yesterday's practice. On the offensive side of the ball, Tony had positives for each of the various units, with Andre Crenshaw and Lavasier Tuinei standing out. The second practice of the day featured the second compeition day of the fall, which the defense led from start to finish. The competition ended with a T.J. Ward pick returned for a TD. Moseley also blogs about the defense winning the right to wear the black jerseys, including what he calls the "first significant fight of the fall" between Jordan Holmes, Casey Mathews and Eddie Pleasant.
- John Hunt blogs about Tom Osborne's preparations for Oregon's special teams as the Boise State game draws near. With Jackson Rice sounding like the real deal, I just wish we could get some consistency with the kicking game. Besides consistently poor, that is.
- Nick Daschel looks at which players are the most irreplaceable for each team in the wake of the news that Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski is out indefinitely with a back injury. Oregon's player? Walter Thurmond III. Daschel's argument against Jeremiah Masoli (and LeGarrette Blount, I assume) is the remaining depth at the position.
Ron Bellamy has a quick blog note up that Galen Rupp finished 8th in the IAAF World Track & Field Champships on Monday in Berlin. Rupp finished nearly a full minute behind (!) Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, who is the current world record holder.
- And, it looks like Jake Locker will give baseball a shot, after signing with the Angels. His baseball activities are not expected to interfere with football. Maybe a summer off playing (or struggling) at professional baseball will have the same transformational effect on Locker as it did on Dixon?
And, that's it for today. Post any comments or links below.