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Quack Fix: Oregon readies for USC, basketball picked to finish last in Pac-10

Only one more day until the "biggest game we have this week," according to Chip Kelly. Here's your daily quack:

  • Ken Goe has a piece today on Darron Thomas and his style of leadership. Darron isn't much of a talker, and he lets his actions do the talking. He has shown remarkable poise and toughness, taking big hits for the sake of getting the ball to one of his many playmakers. In fact, Thomas enjoys bringing a bit of physicality to the QB position, though he may not seek out opposing safeties like Jeremiah Masoli. While he's a redshirt sophomore, Thomas has matured at an incredible pace. You can see his growth from game to game. He'll need to have another great game for the Ducks to win against USC, but I think he's ready to prove any doubters wrong.
  • Cliff Harris is one of the most explosive defensive players we've seen at Oregon, but to coaches, he's also been frustrating. Adam Jude has a long story on Cliff's growth over the past two years, and talked extensively with Harris' high school coach coach, Tim McDonald, a member of the USC Hall of Fame, whose son plays safety at USC. With Gildon battling injuries, Harris will likely get his second start, and he'll be tasked with locking down the most explosive receivers in the conference.
  • The hot thing in college football this year is Oregon's pace, and the Wall Street Journal has a piece on the Ducks. Though the Ducks are slightly behind Oklahoma for average pace, they can rip of plays with alarming speed when they really decide to push it, getting plays off in under 10 seconds against UCLA.
  • Oregon recruiting has been buzzing pretty good this year, and Matt Prehm has the latest visit news. A big showing at USC could make an impact on Oregon's efforts, especially as multiple kids at the game tomorrow will also be at Oregon next week. Also, ESPN has a video profiling where Oregon stands right now, and they discuss Oregon becoming a national brand.
  • The Pac-10 basketball media day was yesterday, and not shockingly, the Ducks were picked to finished last. Dana Altman is very much aware of the struggles his team will face, and there is a lot of hard work ahead for the basketball team. And the early part of the season hasn't gotten any easier as it was announced the Jeremy Jacob will be out for 3-6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. It's gonna be rough, that's for sure, but I'm still excited. This team should be able to play fundamental, disciplined basketball, and will hopefully be much more competitive than the last two years.

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