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Quack Fix: prepping for Portland State and baseball starts fall practice

With Tennessee in the rear-view mirror, the Ducks will move on to Portland State this week in their final tune-up before conference play begins.  Here's your Tuesday quack fix -- enjoy!

  • Moseley writes that the Ducks are not looking past Portland StateDarron Thomas has his own motivation for this weekend as he will face two of his former prep teammates who now play for the Vikings. 
  • Jackson Rice was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance Saturday at Neyland Stadium.  Rice averaged 41.8 yards on four punts, all of which were downed inside the 20 and none of which yielded any return yardage.  This is the second straight week that an Oregon player has been recognized as the conference's special teams player of the week.
  • In Moseley's practice blog entry from yesterday, Chip Kelly had this to say about Cliff Harris:
    He’s getting better.  He’s still got some work to do at corner, but he made a couple really nice plays for us. He almost played the same amount of snaps as (starter) Anthony (Gildon). Again, I think people make too much (about) who starts, who doesn’t start. I got a question about our backup D linemen; we don’t have any backup D linemen, we play nine guys. He’s not a backup corner; they play the same amount of reps.
  • The final installment of the recruiting roundtable with Rob Moseley, Chris Courtney and Matt Prehm has been posted and this time they discuss other potential targets for the upcoming recruiting class.
  • Fall practices for baseball opened this week and Bob Clark writes about the team's search to replace the graduated Eddie Rodriguez at catcher.  There seems to be a lot of options, with seven catchers on the roster, and Clark sounds optimistic about three of the newest Ducks stepping up to contribute.
  • Jim Beseda from the Oregonian blogs that Coach Horton is expecting even bigger things from the team this year: "You take the kids that we've developed the last two years, and you add what we think is potentially a pretty spectacular recruiting class, and I think we might be ready to make a little bit of a splash in college baseball this year."
  • The women's volleyball team has moved up to #16 in the latest AVCA National Poll.  The volleyball team jumped three spots in the poll and is still undefeated after going 4-0 last week.
  • Last year's NCAA champion women's indoor track and field team was honored at the White House on Monday.  The women's team was one of 30 teams present to receive a congratulatory address from President Obama. 

And that's your quack fix for today.  There is a short video package from KVAL that previews PSU and talks about the Tennessee game after the jump.

Go Ducks!

KVAL previews the Portland State game including some quotes from a few players: