I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always incredibly hectic for me, so I'm excited to get back into some Oregon football. Here's today's quack:
- Rob Moseley had a piece yesterday that digs a bit deeper into what makes Chip Kelly tick. For the outside observer, he's kind of a paradox. He can seem a bit prickly at times when dealing with the media, but makes no effort to publicize his efforts in the community and around Oregon. As a coach, he's loose but strict, and trusts his players and coaches. There's no way I can summarize this article in a paragraph, so take a few minutes and check it out.
- With Christmas break over, the Ducks are getting back to preparing to Auburn, and Daryle Hawkins is getting quite a bit of attention as he tries to impersonate Cam Newton. While the Ducks don't have anyone that will come close, Hawkins should give the Ducks the ability to prepare for Auburn's scheme. But, with Newton's power and passing ability, the Ducks won't expect Hawkins to prepare them for Newton's physical ability.
- We only have 4 more basketball games at Mac Court (two for the men, two for the women), so let the reminiscing begin for real. While Matt Court has gotten great reviews thus far, and will be a huge improvement from The Pit, it's tough to leave behind 84 years of memories. Bob Clark remembers Mac Court for it's many uses in a piece filed yesterday.\
- With the Beavers out of the bowl pictures, Paul Buker gets to cover the Ducks, and turns in a good piece on Oregon's PA announcer, Don Essig. He could end up being one of the longest PA announcers of all time, starting at Oregon when he was 29. He's been at it 43 years, and has quite a few more left in him.
- KVAL has a couple video interviews with Jay-R Strowbridge and E.J. Singler. Strowbridge has had a long journey to get to Oregon, and had to leave Nebraska early in his career after a family tragedy. Strowbridge has given some experience. E.J. Singler has also stepped up, becoming a vocal leader for the team, at Coach Altman's request.
- ESPN released it's All-American list. LaMichael James was named to the list, and Cliff Harris was named the top returner in the country.
- Yesterday was a big day for LeGarrette Blount. He had a career high 164 yards for the Bucs, including this big run. Man, watching his hurdle just never gets old.
If you find any other interesting articles or notes, leave it in the comments below. GO DUCKS!