So we landed another rover on Mars. Big deal, when did a rover ever go 3,200 days without losing to Uw? Now that's impressive. Onto the quack:
- Oh, there's a lot to talk about since the Ducks open camp this week. Aaron Fentress addresses 5 questions the Ducks face before the first game. I'd add another one to that list and that is, will there be improvement in the field goal unit this year? All of the bad teams in the Pac changed their coaches (well, all but 1, that is) and there is improvement across the board. I expect more games to be close this year, and that means you have to have a reliable kicking game.
- Staying with football, Daniel Mediate has a preview of the week 1 Arkansas State and the week 2 opponent the Fresno State Bulldogs. I expect this to be the most competitive of the Ducks OOC games. A new coach, a returning QB and 7 returning defenders should provide a good opportunity for the Ducks to start to stretch their wings.
- Rob Moseley looks at Chip Kelly's "unfinished business" and what it would take for this year to be the year that Oregon wins the National Championship. Personally, I think this team is still a year or 2 away. The lack of leaders on the offense continues to make me think this team will need a year of seasoning before they make a serious run.
- Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas were named to the Paul Hornung watch list. Add 2 more Ducks that should get national consideration for awards.
- Obviously, Oregon is looking at making a run towards its fourth consecutive conference crown and fourth consecutive BCS bowl berth. My question is this; if Oregon somehow falters this year, and USC again rises to prominence, does that diminish what Oregon has accomplished the last couple of years considering USC was sanctioned? Feel free to discuss in the comments.
Well, fall camp opens today, so I'm sure we'll be getting plenty of tweets and practices reports throughout the day... oh wait. Well, enjoy the quack anyway.