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Quack Fix: LMJ named Pac-12 POTW and a look at the defensive numbers against Arizona

You see weird things driving... I've never understood log trucks. Sometimes you'll be out on the highway, you see two big giant trucks loaded up with logs, and they pass each other on the highway... I don't understand that. I mean, if they need logs over there... and they need 'em over there, you'd think a phone call would save 'em a whole lot of trouble.

  • Aaron Fentress' feature today focuses on the issue that has caused much gnashing of teeth from fans after Oregon's 56-31 victory in Tucson: the defense.  Fentress digs a little deeper into the numbers to see how Oregon's defense compared to Stanford's in their victories against the Wildcats, noting that Oregon ultimately allowed slightly fewer yards per play (5.4 versus 5.2).   
  • LaMichael James was named the Pac-12 player of the week after his record-setting performance against Arizona on Saturday night.  James set school records in single-game rushing yards (288) and all-purpose yards (363).
  • In his weekly look around the conference, Bob Clark writes that Keith Price has been more than adequate in replacing the departed Jake Locker.  And, Oregon returns to the top in his weekly ranking of the Pac-12, though he notes that Oregon's wins have come against opponents with a combined 2-9 record.   
  • Mel Kiper was also impressed with LMJ on Saturday and thinks that after one month, James' decision to return to school has helped enhance his NFL draft potential.  (Note: this link is insider only, though the LMJ portion appears above the pay-wall.)
  • And Willie Lyles is back in the headlines, this time for claiming that he was reimbursed for travel expenses by a Tennessee assistant football coach after paying for Lache Seastrunk's unofficial visit to Knoxville. This would be problematic in that schools can only pay for one official visit, which must occur during the recruit's academic senior year and Seastrunk had just finished his junior year.
  • Ted Miller also had his usual flurry of activity yesterday.  First, he also moved Oregon back up to #1 in his weekly power rankings after they "were slightly more dominant at Arizona than the Cardinal."  Though, Miller is still predicting Stanford to the play in the Rose Bowl.  In his look back over the weekend action, he names James as the standout on offense and Dion Jordan as the standout on defense.    
  • The Oregon volleyball team remains undefeated and atop the Pac-12 standings after sweeping newcomers Utah and Colorado last week.  The squad held steady at #15 in the latest national poll. 
  • The Oregon cross country team has only one home meet on the schedule this season, the Bill Dellinger Invitational at Springfield Country Club this weekend.  While nine teams are participating, the primary competition on the men's side will be between the #6 ranked Ducks and the Wisconsin, which is ranked #2.  On the women's side, only the Ducks are ranked at #17. 

Go Ducks!