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Morning Quack Fix: Miller's observations; Clay's no pigeon; Pleasant ready to step up.

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Fourteen days and counting. Here's your morning fix:

  • ESPN's Ted Miller made his Eugene stop yesterday. He reports on Chip Kelly's latest innovation - the T-Z-R (tazer) position, which is designed to help Kelly get Oregon's many offensive weapons on the field at one time. Miller points out that Kelly is definitely a man in charge, and offers a variety of observations about the 2009 Ducks.
  • The R-G's Rob Moseley has notes on yesterday's practice sessions. After some progess from the offense on Tuesday, the defense stepped up Wednesday...in short, the kickers are still struggling, the flu bug continues to circulate and normal wear and tear of two-a-days is having an impact. Rob's notes from yesterday's morning session.
  • Freshman linebacker Michael Clay is opening some eyes in fall camp. Moseley focuses on Clay this morning, as it appears he'll be one of just a handful of true freshman likely to see the field this season.
  • Jason Vondersmith of the Portland Tribune has a feature on linebacker Eddie Pleasant, a young man who is putting past mistakes behind him.
  • Earlier this week I e-mail  Rob Moseley about a report I'd read suggesting a movement to get college teams to shake hands prior to the start of games...an idea I'm not in favor of (let's discuss in the comments). Rob's response at the time was that the Oregon coaching staff didn't care much either way, but would do it if Boise State wanted to do it. Evidently BSU does. And, Jeremiah Masoli doesn't like it.
  • The Bleacher Report has a slideshow featuring college football's best stadium experiences. Autzen comes in at #5.
  • Here's a lengthy look at Jeremiah Masoli the "hard-nosed quarterback" by Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman. I suggest ignoring the comments section.
  • Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian caught up with former Duck Nick Reed. Seems Reed is getting tired of hearing how he's undersized (they probably aren't saying that in San Diego any more).

If you find something juicy, drop it in the comments. There's a lot to talk about today, including a key injury for Cal and the possibility the Beavers may be facing an ACC team instead of a Big East team when they play in the Sun Bowl this year.