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Quack Fix: Fall camp continues, assessing the kicking situation, Maehl ready to lead

Fall camp is rolling along, and if you haven't been checking out the great fanposts by axemen23 and qsouther, who have been able to attend the practices each day, and been kind enough to share their thoughts. On to today's quack!

  • Rob Moseley has his day 4 recap, and notes that the QB's interceptions were down today (more from John Hunt). However, ball security is still a concern, which John Hunt and Ken Goe also noted (though Goe also has some praise for Josh Huff). This was a huge issue last year for the Ducks, who were tied for 8th in the conference in fumbles last year. With a new QB, the Ducks can't afford that again this year. Andy McNamara also has a recap of the practice, and includes a note on a great catch by Brandon Williams over the middle, splitting John Boyett and Eddie Pleasant. But that just got me excited about Pleasant and Boyett patrolling the middle, ready for some big hits.
  • Rob Moseley also has a piece on the kicking situation, which is one of the Ducks main concerns going into this season. The coaching staff is doing its best to put pressure on the kickers during camp, to prepare them for game situations. Rob Beard has been working hard over the offseason, and has a good shot to win the job, but will be pushed hard by Alejandro Maldonado, who is very versatile.
  • 4 Oregon walk-ons have been given scholarships this year. Max Forer, Justin Hoffman, Brian Butterfield, and Chad Peppars were all rewarded for their work and performance on the field. Based on jerseys worn, Brian Butterfield will be the most popular former walk-on in the history of the program. Also, Rob Moseley notes that this gives Oregon 84 players on scholarship, leaving room for one more player this year.
  • Ken Goe has a good piece on Jeff Maehl today (and if you missed it, here's an interview by Jerry Allen with Jeff), and his surprising rise to Oregon's top receiver. Maehl had a steep learning curve, but progressed as last season went on, and had big games in the last two regular season games. He's also added 10 pounds of muscle over the offseason. Oregon has some good talent at the WR position. I'm hoping that it can really be unleashed this season.
  • Jon Wilner has a piece on conference TV revenue distribution, and where things may be headed with football alignment in the Pac-12. As usual, things come down to the LA schools. While everyone talks about recruiting, the big issue is the TV money that the LA schools bring.
  • GoDucks.TV has had a large number of interviews with players and coaches this week. Today they have interviews with Coach Greatwood and Coach Kelly.

Got more quack? Thoughts on the QB situation? Leave your comments below. GO DUCKS!